Women of Canberra, time to give up your bras

johnboy 20 June 2011

joy burch

The Minister for Women, Joy Burch, is calling for Canberra’s women (and men so inclined one hopes) to dig out their old bras for the benefit of the South Pacific’s dusky maidens.

Ms Burch will today attend a morning tea reception in Dickson to inspect a massive collection of 1000 bras ready for shipment to women in Fiji, Vanuatu, Tonga and Papua New Guinea.

Over the past 12 months, members of Northside Community Service’s Majura Social Group have worked diligently to collect the bras from the Canberra community to aid efforts of The Uplift Project, a charity run through Rotary International World Community Service.

“For many women in the Pacific region, owning a bra is an absolute luxury because they simply can’t afford one,” Ms Burch said.

“But the sad reality is that these women live in incredibly hot and humid climates and can face medical issues by not wearing one.

“These issues can include rashes, fungal and thrush infections as well as abscesses as air is not able to circulate between the breast and chest wall so by simply wearing a bra this can all be avoided.”

Ms Burch said Canberra women can bring their unwanted bras, or even new ones, to Majura Hall, located on Rosevear Place at Dickson today to add to the collection.

“In particular, larger plus-size bras, nursing bras and mastectomy bras are desperately needed but any bras will be gratefully accepted.

National Geographic will never be the same again.

If you can’t make it to the hall today you can still get involved on the uplift website.

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