An art con­test that goes down to the wire

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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.

PHOTO: WAR­WICK SMITH/FAIR­FAX NZ

Heart­lands Lions Adri­enne Chris­tensen and Elaine McKee with some of the Bra Artz cre­ations en­tered for this year’s Ideal Home Show com­pe­ti­tion.

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