HUNTER women have been asked to bring bras they no longer wear to the upcoming Raid My Wardrobe preloved fashion event.
Founder Rachel Prest is partnering for the third time with the Uplift Project, a not-for-profit organisation that collects and distributes preloved bras to women in the Northern Territory and Asian-Pacific countries including Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, the Cook Islands, Tonga, Solomon Islands, the Philippines, Bali, Cambodia and Sri Lanka.
“Imagine not being able to get a job because you didn’t own a bra,” Ms Prest said. “Sounds ridiculous, but this is the reality for many women living in places where we love to holiday like Fiji.”
Ms Prest said second hand bras in these countries were cheap, but rarely available. A new bra, if available, could cost 10-30 hour’s wages.
“Bras control breast swing when women bend to ground level to farm or cook,” said NSW co-ordinator for the Uplift Project, Anna Davis.
“In humid climates rashes, fungal infections and abscesses occur between the breast and the chest wall. Bras help by allowing air flow.” Women also prefer bras for social and work situations and when nursing to ensure they stay dry.
Ms Prest has asked people to bring bras of all sizes, including maternity bras, crop tops, mastectomy bras and prostheses, swimwear and new underwear to the next Raid My Wardrobe event on May 29 at Newcastle Basketball Stadium. There will also be a donation bucket to assist with transportation costs.
To date, the event has collected more than 2500 bras plus swimwear for around 1200 women in Fiji.