Bra fence gets new lease of life

Central Otago Mirror - - WANAKA NEWS -

Cardrona’s in­fa­mous bra fence has been re­branded ‘‘Bradrona’’ to raise money for breast can­cer.

A pink sign and col­lec­tion box was put up re­cently be­side the fence, which now runs along the drive­way to The Cardrona, a quad bike and horse trek busi­ness at the bot­tom of the Snow Farm Rd.

By last Fri­day it was full, rais­ing nearly $200 for the Breast Can­cer Foun­da­tion.

The Cardrona tour guide Kelly Spaans was de­lighted with the re­sult and says the sign and col­lec­tion box are there to stay.

‘‘If we could make a cou­ple of hun­dred dol­lars aweek for the Breast Can­cer Foun­da­tion, how cool is that?’’

Spaans and her part­ner Sean Col­bourne took over vol­un­tary bra fence ‘‘guardian­ship’’ when they be­gan op­er­at­ing The Cardrona about two years ago.

They shifted the fence from be­side the Cardrona Val­ley Rd to their drive­way in Novem­ber be­cause it was be­ing reg­u­larly tar­geted by un­known, scis­sor­wield­ing, fence ob­jec­tors who ap­par­ently pre­ferred a bare fence.

Spaans said the bra fence’s Face­book page drew more than 10,000 ‘‘likes’’ in 24 hours af­ter the last gar­ments were re­moved in Novem­ber.

Many fence fans were ‘‘re­volted’’ at the thought peo­ple were re­mov­ing the bras and she be­gan re­ceiv­ing parcels of re­place­ment bras, she said.

Spaans said there had been no more at­tacks on the fence since it was moved about 100 me­tres down the road to the in­ter­nal drive­way fence.

‘‘The Bradrona name’s been thrown around a lit­tle bit since.

‘‘It is more of a dig at the the thieves. If we named the val­ley Bradrona, they would hate that,’’ she said.

Photo: MAR­JORIE COOK/ FAIR­FAX NZ

Cash raised: The Cardrona tourist ac­tiv­ity op­er­a­tor Kelly Spaans is de­lighted with the suc­cess of a breast can­cer fundrais­ing ini­tia­tive.

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