Published: 01 October 2019
Author: Ryan Carlisle Thomas
RCT and Stringer Clark back Uplift Project to support women in developing countries
In the month of October, Ryan Carlisle Thomas and Stringer Clark will be collecting pre-loved bras for the Uplift Project.
The Uplift project distributes donated bras to developing Pacific countries. In many Pacific countries new good quality bra costs a week of a teacher's wage. Many women and girls go without a bra, not by choice, but because they simply can’t afford it. Owning a bra provides dignity, and for many women and girls, often the bra received through Uplift will be the only bra she owns.
As a law firm with a high percentage of women workers, we often take wearing a bra for granted but we also recognise that this simple effort can make a significant difference to women in developing countries.
The following offices have agreed to be the points of contact for collection - please address contributions C/O Uplift Project Coordinator at these offices:
RCT Dandenong: 41 Robinson St, Dandenong 3175
RCT Geelong: 127 Myers St, Geelong 3220
RCT Pakenham: 114 Main St, Pakenham 3810
Stringer Clark Warrnambool: 129 Timor St, Warrnambool 3280
Stringer Clark Ballarat: 45 Lydiard St, Ballarat 3350
What can I donate?
If you have any questions about what is or isn’t suitable for donation the Uplift Project provides the following guide.
- Size 8-16 - A-DD cup (30-40 / 80-100) in good condition, including crop top styles.
- Size 18+ - A-DD cup (42+ / 105+)
- Nursing bras including crop tops and any condition will do as these are in high demand. Reuseable nursing pads are also appreciated.
- E cup plus- any size likely to be the only properly fitting bras that a woman gets in her life.
- Mastectomy Bras and Breast Forms (prostheses) are in high demand. If possible please send the box with the breast form/prosthesis, and put the relevant bras under the plastic mould, in the bottom of the box. These will be given to hospitals for distribution. If sending bras only, without breast forms/prostheses, please put a note in the bag/postpack so we don't miss them when sorting items.
- Swimwear - any size. Swimwear is great for keeping warm when standing in the water fishing with a hand line for a couple of hours. It is also handy for coastal women who dive for cash crops.
- New underpants - in some places a girl without underpants does not go to school during her period.
- Fabric nappies, second hand or new. In some areas, fabric nappies are expensive to buy so mums often buy one disposable at a time.
We thank you in advance for supporting this community initiative.