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‘Dignity Drive’ hits the skies for remote NT communities

Date published

02 Jun 2022

The RFDS is thrilled to be supporting Share the Dignity in the Northern Territory through a pilot initiative collecting and distributing period products to women in remote communities.

The RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility at Stokes Hill Wharf and the RFDS Darwin Base on Lancaster Road will be collection points for the “Dignity Drive”, enabling the public to donate women’s sanitary products for Flying Doctor crews to deliver to remote communities.

Commencing this National Reconciliation Week, RFDS Darwin Operations Manager, Sam Bennett said Flying Doctor crews will utilise existing flight routes, outreach health clinics and connections with communities to distribute donated items.

“We are really excited to support Share the Dignity’s Indigenous Menstrual Health Program across the NT, using our extensive reach and established relationships with communities to provide vital items to those who ordinarily don’t have affordable and convenient access,” she said.

“We have already received a pallet of more than 1,000 packs of period products, as well as new underwear, that will be prepared in individual, reusable bags for First Nations women in remote areas.”

RFDS Share the Dignity
Photo: RFDS's Renae Douglas with the Share the Dignity donation boxes at our Darwin Base.

Share the Dignity Founder and Managing Director, Rochelle Courtenay said she is delighted to have the support of the RFDS through its Indigenous Menstrual Health Program.

“Everyone should be able to manage their period with dignity and we know it can be especially difficult in remote communities due to the price of period products skyrocketing,” Rochelle said. 

“By working with the RFDS we no longer have to worry about how we will get the period products to remote areas in the NT.”

The RFDS will look to explore further opportunities to support Share the Dignity, as it continues to deliver the finest care to the furthest corner.

How you can help

If you live in the Top End, you can visit either the RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility at Stokes Hill Wharf or the RFDS Darwin Base on Lancaster Road to donate period products. We accept all products in original packaging, including pads, tampons, maternity pads, period undies, menstrual cups, incontinence products.

Both the RFDS and Share the Dignity rely on monetary donations to keep supporting people in the NT.

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Photo: RFDS dignity packs ready for distribution.