Bra lady wants your unwanted bras

Bra lady wants your unwanted bras

Got any bras you no longer want? Give them to Sue Sidik. She's the Singapore co-ordinator for the Uplift Project, which recycles used, pre-loved or unwanted bras to underprivileged women in third-world countries.

Ms Sidik, 38, is the Singapore co-ordinator for the Uplift Project, a movement that recycles new, use and pre-loved bras.

The mother of two collects donated bras and sends them to various NGOs and support groups.

They are then distributed to underprivileged women and young girls in disadvantaged communities.

"They are all donations from women from all walks of life, I get bras from companies also. They give us bras that they can no longer wear because of sizes, or they buy new bras and these are their old collection.

"Sometimes I feel very honoured, in a way, that they go out of the way to buy new bras just to donate for other women in other parts of the world.

"But it's not necessary to buy I can tell you that, as long as you don't use it anymore and it's in your cupboard, you can donate those."

When Ms Sidik receives a package of donated bras, she sorts them out one by one according to the band size, and checks that they are in good condition.

"There are some women in some parts of the world, they can't afford to buy bras. Because they deal on a daily basis (with) bread-and-butter issues.

"So whatever money they have, they use it to buy food instead. Because things like bras are considered luxury items.

"If they come by, they are normally very expensive. So they would be without bras instead."

Ms Sidik makes sure the Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) she gives the bras to are legitimate, and the bras are not misused.

The bras are also sent to NGOs which help victims of sex-trafficking, and those that offer help to children and teenagers.

"We accept all sizes, but the ones that we don't accept are the ones that are not practical. Meaning that they are too see-through, very lacy, or a bit too risque.

"(Or) unusable, because of the band being too loose, or too dirty.

"We also don't accept bras that are strapless."

Ms Sidik collects panties too, but only new ones.

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