Page 3232 - Week 10 - Thursday, 17 September 2015

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beyond it is. It is at the heart of Canberra’s largest and most dynamic town centre, and the creative talents of our community, including our artists and performers, will be fully on show on Saturday night. I urge you all to come along between 4 and 8 pm for the start of Belconnen’s birthday year of celebrations.

Share the Dignity

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (4.30): Yesterday I had the privilege of hosting a function for a new charity, the ACT Share the Dignity charity, in the reception room. Share the Dignity is a new national charity collecting sanitary products for homeless women, including women fleeing from domestic violence. Many homeless women face the choice of providing food for themselves and their children or buying sanitary products for their own health and wellbeing.

As I said in my remarks yesterday, this is an issue that I—and many others, I presume—have been remiss about, because it is something that we had not really thought about. But, when the issue was brought to our attention, I was very pleased to support this function and this charity.

Talking about sanitary products is probably a little bit icky for a number of people, but it does not mean that it is not an important issue. Yesterday I had the opportunity to hand over several large baskets of sanitary products, donated by members of the Legislative Assembly and their staff and staff of the Assembly over six weeks, and this was only a small proportion of the amount that had already been collected and taken away previously by Share the Dignity.

I would like to thank Lyndsay Pastega, the ACT coordinator of Share the Dignity, as well as volunteers Nicki Bensch, Hannah Johnstone, Lisa Black, Mary Lorraine, Tenille Wright, Anna Paul, Kerrie Ryan, Ellie Ryan and Jorja Wallace. I would also like to thank the MLAs who came to the reception, including Ms Lawder, Mrs Jones, Ms Porter and Ms Berry.

We also had representation from a wide range of community organisations. Toora House was represented by Dara Luzaic, Delphin Gilbert, Julie Moss, Marie Bombardere and Yasmine Eiferich. Inanna was represented by Martina Taliano, Jessica Aulich, Robert Martin and Simon Port. Kylie Holyland and Elaine Lollback were there from St Benedict’s shelter in Queanbeyan, while Michelle Kilgower was there from the Salvation Army. Kim Book and Ruth Zanker represented Communities@Work, Lisa Knight represented Karinya House; Jessica Blythe, Nicole Townsend, Winnie Thaung and Sarina D’Onofrio represented the Canberra Youth Residential Service; and Louisa Domestic Violence Service was represented by Janette Dale, Lucia Rago, Brooke Hendry, Jan Rudd, Kristy Bishop, Tanya Talbot and Julie Abraham.

Florists Moxom and Whitney, who were one of the large business supporters, were represented by Lou Lou Moxom and Belinda Whitney. Rachel Evagelou and Julie Nichols attended from Canberra Handmade Market while Shahnee Frome attended from Authentix beauty salon. These and other businesses, including the Canberra City Market Chemist, were very, very generous supporters of the campaign. I understand

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