Record shot in need of many more bras

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

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.

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