Each October for the last eight years Sonya Marsh, the owner of Curves gym, has been collecting bras from her members and sending them to places where they are needed or in short supply.
Bras have been sent to Samoa, after the tsunami, and to the outer islands in Fiji (twice). After 2011’s collection, the bras were donated to Dargaville’s Girl Guides and assisted in their effort to create a chain of almost 170,000 bras breaking the previous world record of over 166,000 bras set in Australia in 2009.
For the last two years the women who work out at Curves gym have been donating brassieres for the ladies of the Cook Islands. The bras are then sent to the Cook Islands Breast Cancer Foundation for distribution.
CIBCF vice-president Patricia Tuara-Demmke says: “The bras come in all colours and sizes and have plenty of life left in them yet.
“We hope our local women will be able to make good use of them. The National Council of Women will be responsible for distributing them.”
On receiving the bras Cook Islands National Council of Women (CINCW) Coordinator, Taputukura Mariri said priority would be given to the women from our most northern islands, who seldom get the opportunity to access bras.
CINCW are taking the opportunity presented by Te Maiva Nui to spend time with our women at the various hostels.