Christmas game-changer is in the bag

CHRISTMAS COLLECTION: Donor Rosemary Launder and West Tamar Pharmacy owner Borys Szydlowski prepare for Share the Dignity’s It’s in the Bag campaign. Picture: Hamish Geale Specially-packed handbags are popping up underneath Christmas trees across the state as Share the Dignity launches its annualIt’s in the Bagcampaign.

Running until December 3, the campaign encourages Tasmanians to donate handbags filled with sanitary products, which are thendelivered tohomeless women and womenin domestic violence shelters in time for Christmas.

Beaconsfield’sWest Tamar Pharmacy has already begun collecting bags for the appeal, whichpharmacistBorys Szydlowski says was incredibly well-supportedlast year.

“This is our second year and the beauty of it is that all of the goods we collect do go out to local people in need,” Mr Szydlowski said.

“It’s really nice around this time of year because many of us do have it hard at Christmas,Ithink it’s a really good little initiative.”

Beaconsfield aged care workerRosemary Launder was one of a number of Tasmanians who helped donate 480 packed bags for last year’s appeal.

“It goes to a good cause and it supports the locals,” Mrs Launder said.

“I just like to do it, and it comes from the heart – I’ll do anything to help the community.”

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EXTRA MILE: Share the Dignity’s Northern Tasmania team leader Tania Ranson.

Having started out with an organisingteam of just three last year, the Tasmanian campaignhasattracted an army of new volunteersto help out with conducting thisyear’s instalment.

Northern Tasmanian team leaderTania Ranson said more charities had come on board for the 2016 campaign, meaning there was a greater need for bag donations.

“A lot of the women we’re trying to help are fleeing situations of domestic violence, so we just want them to have something special,” Mrs Ranson said.

“Women generally put their kids first and there’s a lot of charities to help the children but there’s not a lot whogive a woman something at Christmas, so we make sure they all have one.”

Collection areas are available at a number of Northern businesses includingHamilton’s Mower City, Victorias For Flowers, Trevallyn Grocer, West Tamar Pharmacy, LAFM and Chilli FM, Cleo Bagland, Rhubarb,Looking Great Beauty Salon andExplore Learning.

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