Uplift recycles bras to women in need
For women in disadvantaged communities a bra is often unobtainable or unaffordable. Uplift collects new and second hand bras and sends them wherever requested by women's groups.
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Why donate bras?
Women appreciate the common dignity of a bra for business or social occasions.
Bras control breast swing when women bend to farm or cook at ground level. In humid climates rashes, fungal infections and abscesses occur between the breast and the chest wall. Bras help by allowing air circulation.
Nursing mums everywhere leak, and bras allow the dignity of a dry shirt, and the comfort of support. A thrush rash on a mother's skin may spread to her baby's mouth, and then back into the breast itself.
School girls from PNG, Fiji and Solomon Islands have reported wearing 2 or 3 t-shirts under their school uniforms to disguise breasts, despite the heat. A girl without underpants does not go to school during her menstrual period.
Here's what we need:
Make small personal bra donations
We need volunteers to help with bra sorting, delivery, and fundraising (very important). If you are able to help in any way, please sign up for our mailing list to receive updates, or send an email to singapore[at]upliftbras.org.
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PNG, YWCA report, 2008.
"The young teenagers love being able to find suitable bras. In our community the proceeds
from the sale of bras have gone into buying materials for a sewing group. The ladies have
made skirts, curtains, bags, shorts, and have started to bring their mending in as well."
Women usually receive 2-4 bras each. For many, these are the only bras they've ever owned. Common comments from recipients include profound thanks, amazement at the quality of the bras, and disbelief that anyone would give bras to them for free. Often, there is dancing and singing, and lots of laughter at bra distribution events.
Distributor at Solomon Islands, 2012
How are bras received?
"I do unestablished work, quite physical, sometimes my bra is loose because its old and very uncomfortable – this bra is so comfortable and fitting that it feels like I’m not wearing anything at all!"
Lady in her 40s, at Nasole Hart
Canteen Creek, NT, 2012.
"We always look at these bras and like them very much. But we can only admire them as we cannot afford them." Another said: "All these years, I have never worn a bra until today. This Christmas is really a Happy Christmas for me."
"The five days I was there, all I heard were just words of gratitude and women pulling up their tops to compare and show off their bras amongst themselves. The bra distribution made the women feel they were valued members of the community."
About the Uplift Project
Uplift started in 2005, collecting second-hand bras for Fiji, with help from Rotary Australia World Community Service. In 2015, the Uplift Project became a registered charity in Australia, with branches across the country and in NZ,
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