Record shot in need of many more bras
Women wanting to support girl guide efforts to create the world’s longest bra chain have only a few days to donate their unwanted lingerie.
South Waikato GirlGuiding co-ordinator Maria Paterson has created a high-profile reminder of the record attempt on the fence of her Lichfield property. ‘‘I have pegged a heap of bras along my fence at the Lichfield Poultry Farm with a sign that we are a collection point for bras,’’ she said.
‘‘Our time is getting close. We need to have all bras to Dargaville by November 20 when the process of joining them all together will begin, ready for the big day on November 27 where they will be stretched around the Dargaville race track.’’
The number of bras in Dargaville at the end of last week were 105,000 . The standing world record is 164,00 and we are going for 200,000.
‘‘So far in the South Waikato we have collected about 800,’’ Mrs Paterson said. ‘‘But we need lots more still. Old or new, big or small, whatever condition, it doesn’t matter. We want your bras.
‘‘If every female in the South Waikato gave us at least one of their bras then we would have a few thousand.’’
Collection points in Tokoroa are at Westpac Bank, Cavanet House and Absolutely Fabulous, and in Putaruru at Westpac Bank, Marjories Fashions and Tuscany Road.
‘‘People have asked what happens to the bras once collected?’’ Mrs Paterson said,
‘‘Well the guiding community at Dargaville is going to sort through the masses of bras and any in good condition are going to be sent to Asian, Pacific and African countries where they can be used,’’ she said.
Guides all over New Zealand have been collecting bras throughout the year.
They are also working towards a badge called the Pink Star Challenge which involves various clauses that need to be completed in order to earn the badge.
These clauses include collecting bras, attending a District Pink Fun Day, having a pink party in their units, cooking pink food, making dolls for and writing letters to children with cancer while the older Rangers will speak with someone who has had breast cancer.
EYE CATCHER: South Waikato GirlGuiding hopes a bra-lined fence on state highway one will remind women to contribute to a world record breaking attempt.