NZ Women Do­nate Bras to Sup­port Pa­cific Sis­ters

Fiji Sun - - Pacific News - RNZI

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.

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