OCTOBRA in the Shoalhaven is proving a hit.
When Karl Poulton of Professionals Clyde Poulton Real Estate launched the local campaign for bras to be donated to Project Uplift, an organisation supplying new and second-hand bras to countries in need, he had no idea how popular it would prove.
In the first 10 days of October alone the appeal has topped the 500 mark.
“Locally we wanted to reach 1000 bras and we were probably being a little ambitious but it is definitely a target I think we can achieve,” he said.
“We reached the 500 bra mark and are up around 600 in total – 750 is the next target and, hopefully, eventually 1000.
“The local response has been fantastic.”
The Professionals Clyde Poulton Real Estate agency has had more than 190 bras dropped into its Bridge Road office, including between 20 and 30 last Friday alone.
“The donations keep coming in – Anglicare dropped in 80, 2UUU FM 35, there has been 30 odd from the Crossfit Gym, 100 from the combined McDonald’s stores, 80 from Aquatique and Stanley Jones Menswear has also had 100 bras dropped off at the Junction Street location,” Mr Poulton said.
“The Shoalhaven Heads Women’s Golf Club members also donated a number of bras.
“We never dreamed we would get the support we have, it has been fantastic.”
All the bras will be put on display early on Thursday, October 24 in Junction Court, Nowra, where a special fund-raising barbecue will be staged.
The Barbecue for Boobs will be held between 7am and 9am.
Local businesses can also get behind the campaign by making a monetary pledge. All funds raised will be donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
“As diamond partners of the National Breast Cancer Foundation, we’re always looking for ways to help,” Mr Poulton said.
“By combining the two, we’re helping raise awareness and much needed funds, as well as providing support for women across the globe.”
Dave Harrison of Stanley Johns Menswear in Nowra has had more than 100 bras dropped into his business.
“It is a fantastic cause and it’s great to be involved,” he said.
“The response has been good. I’ve had a number of repeat customers dropping of donations. We’ve even had a couple of ladies who went out and specifically purchased new bras to donate.”
Pink bins are located at the Professionals in Nowra, McDonald’s Bomaderry and South Nowra, Stanley Johns Menswear in Junction Street, Nowra, Crossfit Shoalhaven, Assured Locksmiths, Aquatique in Junction Street Nowra and at the Shoalhaven Heads Surf Lifesaving Club.
For more information, visit clydepoulton.com.au/octobra or to make a pledge contact Karl Poulton on 0401 824 335.