NZ Women Donate Bras to Support Pacific Sisters
Forget about burning them - bras donated by New Zealand women are giving their sisters in the Pacific a new sense of freedom. More than 1500 bras collected by women’s networks in two government departments have been donated to The Uplift Project, supporting women of the Pacific Islands who’ve never owned a bra.
The room was full of countless boxes packed full of bras, ready to go to Fiji - for women eager to holster “the girls”.
A charity called The Uplift Project has been collecting and distributing bras and underwear to women in remote areas - giving them access to a properly fitted, good quality bra.
For many women in the Pacific, a bra can be their ticket to freedom.
Women’s networks at the Ministry of Justice and ACC set themselves a goal of collecting 1000 bras - but they racked up hundreds more.
The final numbers equalled 1821 items - 1549 bras, 188 items of swimwear, 74 new pairs of underwear, seven nursing pads and three bra extenders.
The Ministry of Justice’s Belinda Waters said the idea to start the collection was sparked by something many women would identify with - a wardrobe full of new or barely used bras.
“The thing that really got me, was that a lot of these women will never own another bra in their life, this is the only one they will ever get.
“For us we have so many, to just realise there are people out there that really need it and we can help with that - it’s just amazing,” she said.