COMMUNITY RECOGNITION STATEMENT - Thank You for Sharing the Dignity

Ms JENNY AITCHISON (Maitland)—I rise today to thank those Maitland individuals, organisations and businesses who rallied during August to support Share the Dignity and help women and girls experiencing period poverty. Across the globe, pressures of the COVID-19 pandemic have driven many individuals and families to financial desperation.

Yet in Maitland the great generosity of spirit kept donations tumbling in. I would also like to make special mention of four exceptional acts. Maree Hunt and Kay Pritchard, from the Rotary Club of Maitland Sunrise, dropped off boxes of women's feminine hygiene products plus 30 hand-sewn, three-layer cloth face masks. This gift was worth more than $550.

Alexandra Haggarty and the team from David Haggarty First National came in with five bags of women's toiletries, filled with $400 worth of donations.

Local businesswoman Gina Wilks and her clients at Achieving Solutions donated 12 boxes of incontinence undergarments, worth around $600, and had them delivered to my office.

And finally our wonderful Share the Dignity 'Shero', Trudy Hungerford, who made multiple trips to and from my Maitland office to collect and distribute our donations.

Thank you all for your marvellous contributions to this important cause.