IT?S RAINING BRAS: Bra ladies, Gwen Mulherin, left, and the Hope Chest?s Carmell Sanne, with more boxes full of bras for a good
IT?S RAINING BRAS: Bra ladies, Gwen Mulherin, left, and the Hope Chest?s Carmell Sanne, with more boxes full of bras for a good

Gwen up to 3100bras ... and counting

By JULIA ILES

GWEN Mulherin could easily be mistaken as a feminist preparing for a mass bra-burning.

As her station wagon pulls out of Prince Street, 572 bras sit boxed in the back.

"Some of them are gigantic, while others are absolutely tiny, like two little triangles pieced together," she said.

Collectively Gwen and her daughter have acquired 3100 bras since February.

"I am used to coming home and finding two or three bags of them hanging on the door handles," she said.

But there's a reason for this mad collecting frenzy.

"My daughter told me that a radio station on the Gold Coast (Gold Coast FM) were giving $1 for every bra to breast cancer research, and I just thought why not," she said.

Gwen has even been able to start sub-committees of people dedicated to acquiring bras.

These committees are known as the boob box and the booby trap, Gwen said. Lifeline and St Vincent De Paul have also made donations.

Bra collection central is the Hope Chest, a Prince Street lingerie store. Owner Carmell Sanne has been able to use a Triumph promotion called 'trade in your bra' to collect even more of the under garments.

Recently Gwen was approached to collect men's underwear for prostate cancer, but 'that would be too much', she said with a smile. Bra donations are required until October 20.



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