Council shares dignity – Townsville City Council

Council staff have donated more than 300 hygiene products to help people at risk of domestic violence, homelessness or poverty.

Council took part in this year’s Dignity Drive, with collection boxes at Council offices including the libraries, customer service centers and Townsville Stadium.

Councilor Suzy Batkovic said Council has supported the program for more than three years.

“Council is working with Share the Dignity to help provide products such as sanitary pads, tampons, menstrual cups, soap and tissues to local services supporting those in need,” Cr. Batkovic.

“Personal products are necessary for everyone who has their period, and they also come at a financial cost.

“Unfortunately, some people in our community have to choose between feeding their families or purchasing these products, especially as the cost of living rises.

“By displaying these collection boxes, we are also helping to start conversations and break the stigma around menstruation.

“Council is proud to support the program, which helps so many people in the community.”

Mayor Troy Thompson said while there were a number of public donation boxes available during the March campaign, a large percentage of donations were made by Council staff.

“The Dignity Drive holds a very special place in the hearts of many Council team members, especially those deeply involved in communities, especially those who are disadvantaged,” Cr Thompson said.

Share the Dignity Founder and CEO, Rochelle Courtenay, thanked Townsville for its continued support to help people in crisis and period poverty.

“I am so grateful to Townsville City Council for their tremendous support to end period poverty,” she said.

“The cost of living crisis is forcing more and more people to choose between buying historic products and other essentials, leading to increasing requests for historic products from our charity partners.

“It was heartwarming to see the response from the community. It’s really incredible to see that people are willing to help others who are struggling right now.”

The Dignity Drive is one of many initiatives the Council is involved in to support the community.

For more information, please contact the Council Share the Dignity page.

Cr Suzy Batkovic with donations from Council's 2024 Dignity Drive.
Caption: Cr Suzy Batkovic with donations from Council’s Dignity Drive 2024.