Hang bras to raise aware­ness

The Western Star - - News - LUCY RUTHER­FORD lucy.ruther­[email protected]­rnews.com

THE women of Roma are be­ing urged to sur­ren­der their old bras to help Breast Can­cer Aware­ness Month.

Chan­dra Yoga and Well­be­ing, in con­junc­tion with Roma So­cials, will run a bra sur­ren­der this month, wel­com­ing any­one to visit the Chan­dra stu­dio and hang their old bras on the line.

All bras still in good con­di­tion will be do­nated to Sup­port The Girls Aus­tralia, a char­ity that do­nates bras, san­i­tary prod­ucts and toi­letries to girls and women in need.

Roma So­cials mem­ber Can­dace Davis en­cour­aged all Roma woman to go through their wardrobes this month to see if they could find some­thing to do­nate.

“We wanted to do some­thing where the whole com­mu­nity could act to­gether and not only bring aware­ness to breast can­cer but break down the bar­rier we have as women to not talk about things,” Ms Davis said.

“We want women to feel lib­er­ated, by com­ing in and be­ing proud of the fact they are do­ing some good.

“It would be great if the wall could be com­pletely filled.”

This year alone, it is pre­dicted about 20,000 women will be di­ag­nosed with breast can­cer.

Me­gan Brown from Chan­dra said start­ing con­ver­sa­tions about hav­ing reg­u­lar breast check-ups was es­sen­tial in cre­at­ing aware­ness of an is­sue that af­fected so many.

“We were sit­ting out the front and the old ladies who came in for a yoga class were like ‘oh some­one’s hang­ing all their bras out’,” she said.

“So we sat in a cir­cle and I told them what the bras were about and all the ladies that had breast can­cer looked re­ally touched.

“Hav­ing a wall like this breaks down so many other lim­i­ta­tions and shows women need to talk about this be­cause it’s some­thing you shouldn't feel like you need to keep to your­self. If it’s in your face and in your mind they’ll re­mem­ber to do check-ups or look for signs, more so if we never ever talked about it.”

Chan­dra and Roma So­cials will host other events this month to raise aware­ness and funds for breast can­cer, in­clud­ing a Gin and Jive on Oc­to­ber 26 and a breast check brunch on Oc­to­ber 27.

For more info visit Chan­dra or Roma So­cials on Face­book.

Roma So­cials is en­cour­ag­ing any­one tak­ing part in the bra sur­ren­der to post a photo on In­sta­gram, with the hash­tags: #breast­cancer­aware­ness #sur­ren­dery­our­bra and #chan­drayo­gaandwell­be­ing.

Pic­ture: Lucy Ruther­ford

SUR­REN­DER LIN­GERIE: Roma So­cials mem­bers Me­gan Brown and Can­dace Davis en­cour­age the women of Roma to look through their wardrobes and boldly hang their old bras.

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