SHARE THE DIGNITY IS AN AUSTRALIAN WOMEN’S CHARITY BRINGING DIGNITY TO HOMELESS, AT-RISK AND WOMEN EXPERIENCING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE THROUGH DISTRIBUTION OF SANITARY ITEMS AND FUNDING FUNERALS OF THOSE KILLED AS A RESULT OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. WE BELIEVE ALL WOMEN MATTER AND ALL WOMEN DESERVE DIGNITY AND JUSTICE.
Founder & NEMD
Rochelle is Share the Dignity’s founder and Managing Director; the title she is most proud of though is ‘Pad Lady’ a title that has stuck following the collection of over 750,000 packets of pads and tampons across Australia over two years. After learning of homeless women going without basic sanitary items during their menstrual cycle, Rochelle decided the question was not “Why is no one doing anything” but rather “ What’s stopping me from doing something?”. In March 2015 Rochelle took matters in to her own hands collecting sanitary items within her local community and distributing to local shelters. From a simple idea of giving dignity to women, Share the Dignity has grown into a national charity, with over 1,500 volunteers Australia wide, and multiple initiatives aimed at giving dignity to women.
Bruce Macdonald has been in fundraising for over 20 years, having commenced his professional working career as a secondary school teacher in Victoria. Bruce taught for 17 years before adopting for a complete career change and he entered the world of fundraising and marketing. On migrating to Queensland in 1999, he took up the position of Director of Development at Brisbane Grammar School. Seven years on, he moved to the Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation to raise major funds in support of sick children. Bruce now heads up the major gifts and gifts in Wills fundraising programs at the Heart Foundation. He has been Fundraising Director for nearly 7 years and thinks this position will see him out.
Elise is the master franchise owner of online business What’s On 4 AUS & NZ, a digital hub for busy parents to find kids classes, activities, school holiday ideas and party venues. Elise comes from a background of paediatric occupational therapy (Bachelor of Health Science) where she has worked with Queensland health, Education Queensland and most recently in the Middle East in the private sector. Having three children herself, Elise is passionate about children’s health and wellbeing, in particular the most vulnerable in society and strives to find outcomes on the best way to protect and enrich the lives of Australia’s families.
With over 20 years experience, Alfina operates her business specialising in Business and Individual accountancy and taxation services. As a Mum of two girls, Alfina feels inspired to help the women across the country in need of our services
Alisha currently works at RMIT University as their Advisor on Diversity and Inclusion (with a focus on the LGBTIQA+ community, and students from refugee/humanitarian backgrounds). Alisha has worked in International Development and Disaster Response over the last 8 years with Australian Red Cross, Engineers Without Borders, and One Girl Australia on projects to support the education of women and girls (including menstrual hygiene management) and recovery from crisis, as well as a consultant for homelessness support organisations such as StreetSmart, Wyn Carr Women’s Refuge, and The Big Issue.
Alisha lived for 13 years in a women’s housing cooperative, and is passionate about supporting marginalised women and gender diverse people to access opportunity. Alisha has previously being a Director on the Boards of the Cooperation Housing, Inanna’s Housing Cooperative, Murdoch University, and was the Convenor for two terms of the Federation of Housing Collectives.
Alisha is now embarking on a PhD on ‘Strategies of Resistance – Responses to Gendered Online Violence’, and is thrilled to be joining the Share the Dignity team.
While Rochelle Courtenay heads up the team working daily on Share The Dignity projects, our board works tirelessly to assist the charity to grow ethically and in full compliance with Australian regulations. All of our team, Rochelle Courtenay, our volunteers and our board are 100% dedicated to sharing dignity and safety across Australia.