Students call for donations

Clare High School teacher Brionie Mensforth with some of the students taking part in the Its In The Bag campaign.
Clare High School teacher Brionie Mensforth with some of the students taking part in the Its In The Bag campaign.

Year 8 students at Clare High School are asking for donations as part of their ‘It’s In The Bag’ Christmas campaign.

The It’s In The Bag campaign targets homeless women and girls around the country by filling a handbag with sanitary products such as soaps, shampoo, toothpaste and deodorant.

Initially the students had four handbags to start their campaign, however that number has almost doubled in the space of the week.

The students are calling on the wider community to assist in their charitable efforts by donating any old bags that are in reasonably good condition.

The idea to participate in the campaign came from Brionie Mensforth, a Year 8 teacher at Clare High School, as part of pastoral care.

Mrs Mensforth said that the students were really excited to give back over the Christmas period.

“It is just so good to see the girls so excited to give back over Christmas, so whatever we get is a bonus.”

Year 8 student Zoe Hendry said that the campaign would allow the recipients to focus on purchasing other products over the Christmas period.

“Giving them this bag will give them the privilege that they can get food instead of having to worry about sanitary items because that all comes in the bag,” she said.

The group does not have a set goal for how many bags they want to give away in mind, instead they want to give out as many as they can.

At the moment, a group in Peterborough have chipped in by making collections in the town which will be brought down to Clare and handed over to the group.

Collection of the donations will begin on November 18 and will close early next month on December 2.

The bags will then be taken down to Adelaide and handed out through the Share The Dignity charity.

Anyone who wishes to make donations to the campaign can drop off any old handbags or sanitary products to Clare High.