Firstly, Elizabeth Cranny says she knows most of the people in Bundanoon, a small farming community in the picturesque Southern Highlands Wingecarribee Shire, of New South Wales Australia.
And secondly, just like the Cook Islands, one can choose to be as busy as one chooses…
They also have a very active community and a well-used community hall.
Cranny is currently enjoying her third visit to Rarotonga in two years, following her being inspired by the thoughtful giving to others.
On her first trip in 2015 Cranny says a story in CINews caught her eye about Curves gym Kerikeri in the Bay of Islands New Zealand, that donated nearly new and new bras to the Cook Islands Breast Cancer Foundation.
They were distributing them to women who might not necessarily have access to bras.
The Foundation, working with the Cook Islands National Council of Women, were able to send those bras to the Pa Enua (outer-islands).
The story got Cranny thinking, and later inspired her to start-up a similar initiative back home.
She got her local community behind the idea, and now for her last two trips to Rarotonga, she’s brought with her a packed suitcase full of nearly 200 bras, most of them new, and all donated by the women of Bundanoon.
Cranny says as long as there is a need, the local women of Bundanoon will keep sending bras to the Cook Islands.
If there are any women’s groups who could assist in providing welcoming homes for these bras, please call Jaewynn from CIBCF on phone 55 486.