Gwen Mulherin with a selection of the hundreds of bras she is collecting for the Bras for Cancer appeal.
Gwen Mulherin with a selection of the hundreds of bras she is collecting for the Bras for Cancer appeal.

And the ladies were asked, ?please bring a bra

By Emma Cornford

Little ones, big ones, lacy ones, rubber ones and strapless ones.

Gwen Mulherin has seen them all during the past few weeks as she collects bras for the annual Bras for Cancer appeal.

The president of the District Bowls Association and Westlawn Social Golf Club has so far collected more than 500 bras of all shapes, colours and sizes.

"It's been a terrific response. Just last Thursday I got over 200 in the one day which came from around Maclean."

Mrs Mulherin has already dropped 190 to her daughter who lives at the Gold Coast where the appeal is based, but there are still three teetering boxes in Mrs Mulherin's study as well as another huge black garbage bag bulging with the donated undergarments.

Not content to just spread the word about the bra collection, Mrs Mulherin has devised 'boob boxes', which are brought out at every women's bowls day in Grafton and at women's social games at the Westlawn golf course.

"We put out the boob boxes and anyone with old bras can come and put them in there. Then at the end of the day I collect the bras," she said.

"It's amazing how many I've got which are in pretty near new condition. They're just too big or too small or just not needed anymore."

Each bra will attract a $1 donation from the sponsor of the campaign, Gold Coast radio station Gold FM, and any bras in useable condition will be sent to overseas aid agencies for women in developing countries to use.

Last year a selection of the donated bras were strung across the Gold Coast Highway and the Southport Bridge.

Anyone wanting to start their own bra collection for the appeal or to donate any of their unwanted intimates can contact Gwen Mulherin on 6642 5552.

Gwen Mulherin with a selection of the hundreds of bras she is collecting for the Bras for Cancer appeal.



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