Zonta members and guests with some of the bras collected for Oxfam.
Zonta members and guests with some of the bras collected for Oxfam. supplied

Bras bound to support Africans

THE Zonta Club of Southern Gold Coast Tweed has shown that its "cup floweth over" when it comes to supporting their African sisters.

What better support can one woman offer another than a good bra?

Recently in order to help African women, British charity Oxfam launched the Big Bra Hunt campaign.

Oxfam called on women to donate their unwanted bras to charity for the betterment of African women.

"There was an amazing response to this campaign" says Zonta vice-president, Marie-Elise Allen.

"We had women phoning from the Gold Coast to Murwillumbah offering their unwanted bras.

"We collected 497 pairs and now need help to get the three cartons to the UK.

"We require donations or maybe an organisation to support us in paying the $666 freight costs to OXFAM in the UK.

"The cartons are ready to go once we cover the freight costs".

The bras are received in the UK where they are baled and sent to Senegal on the west coast of Africa.

They are for Frip Ethique (ethical second hand clothing), a unique project run by Oxfam in Senegal, that sorts and trades unsold second hand clothes from Oxfam shops and provides essential employment for disadvantaged women in the area.

"Bras are seen as a very desirable item and are much sought after and therefore make the most money for Frip Ethique," Ms Allen said.

Oxfam estimates that about 24,000 people work in the second-hand clothing sector in Senegal.

To make a donation, please phone Marie-Elise on 0412 632 304

Zonta works around the world, as well as locally, helping women in need.



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