BALLARAT mother Deb Harris has a pink wheelie bin outside of her house, but it’s not for rubbish or recycling.
Ms Harris has launched the successful Share the Dignity campaign in Ballarat to help provide comfort for homeless women during that time of the month.
She is collecting sanitary napkins, tampons and wipes to donate to Ballarat charities for homeless women or victims of family violence.
Hundreds of items have been dropped off in Ms Harris’ pink bin and blue tub outside of her house in the last three weeks.
Corporate partner Fernwood Ballarat is also collecting items until the end of August.
Ms Harris first learned of the cause through social media site Facebook.
“(Periods) are just something that happen in life"Deb Harris
“Rochelle (Courtenay) had started it in Queensland earlier this year,” she said.
“I saw the Facebook post, rang her in Queensland and told her I was from Ballarat and could help out.”
Ms Harris hoped the campaign would change the way people thought about periods.
“(Periods) are just something that happen in life,” she said.
“I have heard of (homeless) women using paper towels or toilet paper instead.”
Ms Harris encouraged women and men to consider those who have to face their period while homeless.
“Some of these people don’t even have the facilities to wash their clothes,” she said.
“Then there is the flow on effect of people stealing from supermarkets. How awful would it be for women to be homeless and have to make those choices.”
Ms Harris is already planning a high tea, similar to the Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea, to collect sanitary items for disadvantaged women.
Saturday May 28, 2016 has already been penciled in for a Ballarat event.
“Hopefully we can raise awareness and some money,” she said.
Ms Harris is also looking for people to help organise the event.
The items will be donated to a number of Ballarat charities in the next few weeks.
A number of collection points can be found across Victoria.
The national campaign has listed St Vincent de Paul, Cornerstone Contact Centre, The Gianna Centre in Bendigo, Mum's Supporting Families in Need and Ozanam House have been listed as choice Victorian charities.
People looking to donate their sanitary items or looking to become a Ballarat collection point can visit facebook.com/sharethedignity.