Local volunteer recognised for her work with Share the Dignity

Cathy O’Brien has been named as one of this year’s Westfield Local Heroes winners, and the organisation she volunteers for, Share the Dignity will receive a $10 000 grant.

The award recognises Cathy’s hard work and dedication in collecting donations of sanitary items for women in need. The sanitary items she collects are given to local women experiencing domestic violence, homelessness or poverty. Jessica Stojkovski supports Cathy, and Share the Dignity, by having a collection box in her electorate office in Woodvale and promoting Share the Dignity across the electorate.

Jessica Stojkovski nominated Cathy for the Westfield Local Heroes program, after realising the enormous contribution she makes to local women in need. Share the Dignity will use the $10 000 in funding to provide even more women with the hygiene products they need. 

One of Share the Dignity’s highlights takes place every November when it collects handbags filled with sanitary items and products such as shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, soap and toothpaste to give away as Christmas gifts. Donations are also collected all year round.

If you would like to donate, please drop off items to Jessica’s electorate office at 4/923 Whitfords Ave, Woodvale or call 9309 2666 for more information.

 

Comments from Member for Kingsley Jessica Stojkovski:

“Cathy is a kind, uplifting and hilarious person who should be recognised for her efforts to help others, in particular women who are facing many barriers in their lives.”

“Through Cathy’s work with Share the Dignity, she spreads awareness in the wider community of the type of comfort that many of us take for granted.”

“Being able to help others, by donating these essential and necessary items, not only provides for many women in need, but also encourages kindness and understanding.” 

Comments from Cathy O’Brien:

“The funding and publicity will enable us to help a lot of women with something that most of us take for granted and to help remove barriers and difficulties from the everyday lives of women and girls.”