Homeless and disadvantaged women from all cultures across Australia are in DESPERATE need of bras and personal hygiene products and toiletries. Too many are choosing food over their own personal well being.
One of the goals of Support The Girls Australia is to ensure that we empower and encourage self-esteem and well being in women and girls by supplying them with the crucial items that they require to facilitate their overall health.
In 2017 we started our Bra Gifting Days whereby women in the community could come and be professionally fitted and supplied with a bra. They would get bras, new underwear, a toiletry care pack and a free hair cut and other pampering sessions. These events led us to collaborate with BreastScreen Queensland and NSW BreastScreen as we were made aware of the volume of women who do not take advantage of these services. The success of these events has been overwhelming and in 2018 we shall be focussing on getting these events up and running throughout the country. Gold Coast and Sydney have had great success.
Over the last year we have received over 40 000 bras and in excess of 65 000 sanitary products and this has been without any press releases or campaigning, just word of mouth and social media. Our aim was to get it right and make sure we had the correct processes to make STGA succeed long term. Well we are delighted to announce that we just came in with maybe a few bras short of our 50 000 goal. This year we are aiming for 75 000.
But it is only a small part of what we want to achieve. The women we are supporting are homeless for so many reasons. Domestic violence, financial hardship, loss of a spouse or circumstances beyond their control. We need to cater for all facets of being disadvantaged. What we have learnt over the last 20 months is that there is a huge lack of awareness as to how women become homeless. We believe breaking down the stigma is vital to get more community understanding and support on board. The drug/alcohol fueled image portrayed by the media is so far from the truth. So many of these women are articulate, well educated women who through circumstances have found themselves on struggle street. Nobody is immune.
So what do we do and why are we different? We provide women with bras, sanitary products, toiletries, new underwear. Our main focus is bras. There are so many charities that focus on sanitary items but nobody does bras. We believe what sets us apart is that we actually support these women face to face. We measure and fit them, and whilst doing this we listen and we find out what their needs are and then ensure they are connected to the relevant services. There is grey area in the service industry from this perspective. We do not just hand out product to support services to hand out to people. This is done by our volunteers across the country. All donations stay within the community they are received from.
A big focus for this year is a vehicle so our outreach teams can be far more effective. We will happily go to shelters, domestic violence safe houses, elderly communities and support services and fit women and support them. We support anyone that identifies as a women no matter what their colour or creed.
Support The Girls is committed to promoting and providing a healthier and more dignified lifestyle for women and girls. We want to raise awareness of not just homeless women and girls in Australia but also ensure that we can provide practical and simple ways for people to help those without a place to call home. We support not only the homeless but also the needy and the vulnerable!
While short term fixes are important for people in crisis situations, our campaign is all about helping provide long term, sustainable solutions that help people experiencing homelessness to rebuild their lives.