High Tea Fundraiser Share The Dignity

Zara Risby, Kylie Burrows, and Simone Phillips.
Zara Risby, Kylie Burrows, and Simone Phillips.


DIGNITY was the theme of a recent high tea held at Soldier’s Point.

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Over 50 people attended the charity event, raising money for Share The Dignity, a group that aims to ensure that every woman in Australia has access to sanitary products.

Ms Keely Cotter, from the Williamtown RAAF base, organised the high tea, raising an impressive $1805 on the day from a combination of raffle tickets and entry price.

In addition, in excess of 160 packages of sanitary products were donated, going towards the aim of ensuring that women who are not in a financially strong position do not have to have the added burden of not using hygienic products.

Share The Dignity is an organisation that has gained an increased profile in recent years, and many workplaces offer drop off points to receive regular donations.

Ms Cotter has collection points at the RAAF Base and Anytime Fitness Salamander Bay until the end of August.

When asked what it was like to see so many people supporting the high tea, Ms Cotter told News Of The Area, “I was overwhelmed by the generosity on the day. Especially the gents who brought along sanitary products.”

“Funds raised and products donated go towards projects supporting women in need, providing dignity when dealing with their period and funding projects.”

Many of the women in attendance at the Saturday afternoon event were from the Williamtown RAAF Base, keen to support a fellow member’s fundraising efforts.

Ms Lia Ross from Petit Fours High Tea provided the catering for the event.

Ms Cotter said she was motivated to hold the charity event after hearing about Share the Dignity through her sister-in-law’s post on Facebook.

She said, “I was shocked to read about women and young girls who were forced to use paper towels or toilet paper when they had their period.”

“There were even stories of young girls having to miss school when they had their period because their mum couldn’t afford sanitary products.”


By Heather SHARP


Event organiser, Keely Cotter with Petit Fours High Tea caterer, Lia Ross.
Event organiser, Keely Cotter with Petit Fours High Tea caterer, Lia Ross.


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