A BALLARAT real estate agency is attempting to create a long chain of bras by the end of October.
The aim is to run the bras clipped end to end the entire length of Central Square and back.
Yesterday, Professionals Ballarat launched its bra recycle program for the women in Tonga who can’t afford to purchase their own.
“We knew there was a need for this through the community organisation Uplift Bras and decided to collect our own donations,” Professionals Ballarat real estate agent Ann Edgar said.
The Uplift Bras organisation started in 2005, has sent 400,000 bras to disadvantaged women across the pacific. Often this will be the only bra they own, and in the heat and humidity of these countries wearing one will help prevent rashes and infections.
“For the month of October, which we are calling “Octabra” we are calling for people to donate their unwanted bras in any shape, colour and size. There are pink dotted bins all around Ballarat including our office, Central Square, four UFS Dispensaries stores, the two Telstra Shops, Loreto College, New Generation and QuickPrint,” Ms Edgar said.
All of this is linked with the National Breast Cancer Foundation, for those who would like to donate money.
“It’s all for a good cause, and it’s a bit of fun. Its been “uplifting” around the office and we’ve got everything coloured in pink and we’re all wearing pink scarfs. All of the men get a bit pink faced every morning when they walk past all the bras in the window,” Ms Edgar said.
This is the first time anything like this has been done in Ballarat, but Professionals Ballarat hope to make it an annual event.
“Its a good opportunity for women to go out and treat themselves to some new bras and donate their old ones.”