No booby prizes in cancer support

THEY'RE known for their support of the female figure but a group of local women have given a whole new meaning to the support of a bra.

About a dozen women took part in the Bring a Bra Day on October 26, at Gladstone Women's Health Centre.

Bring a Bra Day was a new concept hosted by the Women's Wisdom, Informing, Sharing, Empowering Group, and one that looks certain to become an annual event on the centre's calendar.

It coincided with breast cancer awareness month, staged every year in the month of October.

The aim of the day was to raise funds for the Breast Buddies Group, a support group for women who have been through, or are going through breast cancer treatment.

Participants were invited to bring a donation plus a bra to decorate on the day or come with one already decorated at home.

There was also an additional supply of pre-loved bras sourced from a local opportunity shop for those who wanted to get crafty on the day.

With tassles, ribbons, sequins and studs attached, the array of colourfully decorated bras was then placed on the centre's side entrance for the public to view.

It proved a striking visual display and a novel reminder for women to be breast aware for earlier detection of breast cancer.

Gladstone Women's Health Centre volunteer Marion Courtney came up with the idea, seeing it as an opportunity to get the women of Gladstone region involved.

Ms Courtney said it was an impromptu idea and next year she would start advertising it earlier in the year to hopefully gain a better response.

She declared the first Bring a Bra Day a big success with some of the ladies involved in Breast Buddies coming along.

"It was a fun day even though it was a serious cause," Ms Courtney said.



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