Today and every day for the rest of this month (November 2017), Mobile Central 24/7 is set to donate $1.00 from purchases made from its network of vending machines to vital women’s charity, Share the Dignity.
The Brisbane-based vending machine company, driven by directors Joe Stagnitti and Julian Yates, made the announcement on 1 November that it will partner with the charity which makes a real, on-the-ground difference to homeless women and victims of domestic violence.
Established in 2015 by Rochelle Courtenay, the charity (which receives no government funding) collects thousands of pads, tampons and personal hygiene products every year for women experiencing homelessness and poverty. It also funds funerals for victims of domestic violence, campaigns for justice for women in Australia and places free personal hygiene vending machines in charities, homeless hubs, domestic violence refuges, community centres, Aboriginal health services and schools across Australia.
When working with Courtenay on plans for new Dignity Vending Machine roll-outs, Stagnitti and Yates decided to go even further and get behind the charity’s big November push.
“We feel that what Share the Dignity offers is vitally important and so jumped at the chance to be able to contribute to its November drive,” Stagnitti explained.
“While Julian and I may not be able to relate to the need for these products on a personal level, we shudder to think of any of our beloved family members or friends who can going through such an ordeal.
“No matter who you are or what your situation, everyone deserves to be able to preserve their basic human dignity, and so we applaud Rochelle and the Share the Dignity team for their efforts and are very pleased to be able to play a small part in that by donating $1.00 from every purchase made from the majority of our vending machine network across the month of November.”
The donations from Mobile Central 24/7 machines in the month of November will go towards Share the Dignity being able to purchase more vending machines for its Dignity Vending Machine campaign, which ensures free sanitary and personal hygiene products are available where they are needed most.
In expressing her delight at Mobile Central 24/7’s commitment to Share the Dignity, Courtenay explained that this is the first time male collaborators have thrown their support behind her charity.
“I think this is a very powerful collaboration and one that I am very excited about,” Courtenay said.
“Traditionally, our supporters have come from the more female-orientated industries and we have seen donations driven by women – of course, given the nature of our charity, this is not surprising.
“As such, to have Joe and Julian throw their support behind us is really great and, I hope, the start of a widening of our supporter base.”
Share the Dignity is an Australian Charity bringing dignity to homeless, at-risk and those experiencing domestic violence through the distribution of sanitary items and funding of funerals. Key campaigns include a twice-a-year ‘Dignity Drive’ to collect sanitary items; November’s ‘It’s in the Bag’ activity which collects handbags filled with personal care products to be distributed as Christmas gifts; free kids’ activities for children in crisis; the funding of funeral costs for women killed by violent family members; and the ‘Dignity Vending Machines’ project which places free pad and tampon vending machines in schools and other places of need. Share the Dignity is currently looking for partnership organisations, volunteers and donors to Dignity Drive and It’s In The Bag. To find out more or get involved, please visit www.sharethedignity.com.au
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