Don’t throw out – or burn – your old bras just yet. They are needed to help support the women of Vanuatu. Kiwanis Club of Morrinsville is calling for women to donate any unwanted bras and shoes for women in Vanuatu in conjunction with the Kiwanis school project.
Kiwanis Club of Morrinsville committee members from left: Colleen Todd, president Diane Hodgson and Liz Barker with some of the bras that have already been donated. « We send school resources and books over to Vanuatu every three or four months and we decided that we would help the mums this time, » President Diane Hodgson said. « (We) thought we would collect bras and shoes for the mums – apparently over there everything is very much needed. »
The Morrinsville club has contributed to the Kiwanis school project for several years along with clubs throughout the Waikato and South Auckland. School resources such as desks, chairs and other items are collected in a shipping container stored in Auckland and shipped to Vanuatu several times a year. Hodgson said some bras and shoes had already been donated by Everybody’s Op Shop in Morrinsville.
Collection points where people can drop off their unwanted bras and shoes have been established in shops around Morrinsville. The club hopes to collect as many bras and shoes as possible for the next container shipment, which leaves for Vanuatu in mid-February.
Meanwhile, it has been a busy few months for the club, whose members have put together 21 Christmas boxes for children in need. The boxes, filled with items such as toys, lollies, pens and stickers, will be donated to Morrinsville Community House. The club has also held a Christmas raffle, raising $1,600, and built a float for the Morrinsville Christmas Parade on December 12.
Members will also be visiting about six schools this term to award one student from each class for their positive attitude and good behaviour.
Hodgson said Kiwanis International was established more than 100 years ago. There are Kiwanis clubs in 80 nations, raising millions of dollars each year for communities, families and projects. « We support children, we are serving the children in the world, » Hodgson said.
To donate bras or shoes to the Vanuatu project, phone 021 122 2331, or 027 290 9957.