An art contest that goes down to the wire
Hoolah Hooters; Over Shoulder Boulder Holders; Girls Night Out – three of the cheeky titles for this year’s annual Bra Artz, a wearable art competition with a ‘‘pappurse’’.
Four years ago, a member of the Palmerston North Heartlands Lions Club hit upon a novel fundraiser to ‘‘support’’ women with breast cancer, and Bra Artz was born.
People with creative flair, not to mention a sense of humour and generous dollops of imagination, were asked to repurpose old bras for a display at the Ideal Home Show.
Entry was free with sponsored prizes, while the public was asked to vote for their favourites with dollar coins.
The club’s Adrienne Christensen says last year they received 70 bra-bending entries while the cups overflowed bringing in $2000.
‘‘All the proceeds went to help local Manawatu breast cancer patients.’’
News of the fundraiser’s success was printed in regional and national Lions Club newsletters, and has even made it to the USA, where reportedly an American Lions Club is giving it a try.
The Ideal Home Show is on later this month, and Heartlands Lions are again looking for some bra-decorating flounce. Entries are free, but have to be ready by July 19, in time for the July 22 to 24 Arena 2 event.
‘‘All they need is an old bra, a glue gun, stapler, paintbrush, sewing machine to create a masterpiece using anything they want – material, flowers, paper, wood, shells, feathers. And then think of a title,’’ Adrienne explains.
‘‘From previous years we have had some pretty impressive ones – A Couple Of Corkers, Boobylicious, Zebra, and Breast Inplants, to name a few.’’
Judged in three sections, junior (up to age 13), secondary and open, the public and their dollars will get to decide the likes of ‘‘Breast In Show’’ and ‘‘Breast’’ Creative Name.
‘‘We have had a number of wonderful sponsors this year who will be donating prizes.’’
None of the entries have to be worn. They will be displayed on small coat hangers, while there will be opportunities to buy raffles at the display for a top quality food hamper.
Heartlands Lions Adrienne Christensen and Elaine McKee with some of the Bra Artz creations entered for this year’s Ideal Home Show competition.