Model Farms students help Share The Dignity

HELPING OTHERS: Year 12 Model Farms High School was involved in Share The Dignity's August drive. The charity runs a drive twice a year in April and August.
HELPING OTHERS: Year 12 Model Farms High School was involved in Share The Dignity's August drive. The charity runs a drive twice a year in April and August.

COMMUNITY and Family Studies (CAFS) Year 12 students at Model Farms High School have donated items to help women who are homeless or are escaping domestic violence.

The students ran a drive to collect many sanitary products to support charity Share The Dignity.

As a result of their efforts, the students donated six toiletry bags, which included toiletries, toys and other necessities, and packets of pads and tampons.

School captain and CAFS student Abbey Sim said her classmates wanted to do anything they could to help after learning about homelessness as part of their studies.

“We learn about the homeless in our CAFS syllabus and it opened our eyes to different experiences of other women in Australia and we wanted to help,” Ms Sim said.

“[CAFS teacher] Mrs [Belinda] Haroutonian has been a champion in helping us donate to this cause and it has been a good experience for us all.

“This experience has also started conversations across our year groups and helped remove the stigma around this topic.”

Mrs Haroutonian admired her student’s initiative to support the cause.

“This is a tangible issue as these sanitary products will go to women in the area who are in need,” she said.

“As part of our research into services available to homeless people I came across the charity, Share The Dignity.

“As a class we discussed how awful it would be to not be able to afford pads and tampons each month; It is a very tangible concept - each packet will literally make a difference to a woman's life.

“So we decided to start a collection.”

The class donated the items to Share The Dignity last Thursday.

Share The Dignity volunteer Liz Rivers was blown away by the student’s efforts.

“It is a good sign of the times to come when the youth are so generous and wanting to help with this cause,” she said.

“I think it is amazing that young girls and young people want to help others.”

  • Details: sharethedignity.com.au.