Keeping you up to date with the latest news and events at your local library


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Thursday, 2 February 2023


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Monday, 11 October 2022

Ballina Library now offers free period products to those in need

Ballina Library has increased its ability to help people living in period poverty with the installation of a Dignity vending machine. The machine, installed by charity Share the Dignity, dispenses free period packs. The packs contain six tampons and two pads for those who need them.

Ballina Library has received this important machine due to their work with vulnerable women, girls, and those who menstruate. When someone is doing it tough, the last thing on their mind should be dealing with their period. Share the Dignity Founder and Managing Director, Rochelle Courtenay, dreamt of finding a way for people who are doing it tough, to access free period products.

“I was shocked to discover that people were using rolled up toilet paper and hand towels to manage their periods,” Ms. Courtenay said. “I could not believe that people were having to choose between feeding their family or buying period products. School children should not have to miss school to avoid the embarrassment of not being able to afford pads and tampons.”

As a response, Share the Dignity leapt into action and created the Dignity vending machine. The latest machine has been installed in Ballina Library and dispenses free period packs at the push of a button. Each Dignity vending machine is programmed with a delivery delay of 10 minutes to ensure no period packs are wasted.

Ballina Area Librarian, Taryn Kelly said, “We’re so very happy to be able to bring this important, free resource to women and young girls in the Ballina Area. Those in need should be able to access these necessities, without the anxiety and shame many feel when asking someone for help.”

Share the Dignity purchase and supply the specially made period packs, which are sponsored by businesses, grants, and donations. Local volunteers look after the maintenance and stocking of the machines to ensure products are always readily available.

Ballina Library is excited to receive this machine to help those experiencing period poverty, but also to help break down the shame and stigma associated with menstruation. Women are welcome to visit the library and safely and privately access period products that can make a lifechanging difference.

Those wanting to support Share the Dignity in providing Dignity vending machines, can sponsor a machine or hold a birthday fundraiser to swap gifts for donations which fund the period packs. For more information visit


Media contact:
Taryn Kelly
Ballina Area Librarian

Richmond Tweed Regional Library
02 6686 2831


Brittiny Edwards
Share the Dignity
0420 744 278

Flood recovery donations

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