Pictured at Curves in Lismore are, from left, Monika Obirek, Urte Devery, and Janene Martin, with the many bras that have been donated for the record attempt at the World's Largest Bra Chain.
Pictured at Curves in Lismore are, from left, Monika Obirek, Urte Devery, and Janene Martin, with the many bras that have been donated for the record attempt at the World's Largest Bra Chain. Cathy Adams

Local bras help the cup runneth over in record bid

WHILE elite athletes spend years trying to break world records, the ladies at Curves Gym at Lismore and Ballina are working to break a record that involves a few training bras rather than a training program.

The current record for the world's longest bra chain stands at 111km, which was set by a cancer support group in Cyprus and comprised 114,642 bras.

However, thanks to the work of numerous cancer support groups - including the ladies at Curves, who have collected hundreds of bras from local women - the record is now under threat.

Urte Devery, owner of the female-only gym in Lismore, said staff and members had collected hundreds of bras and would be shipping them off to Queensland to help a Bundaberg-based charity, Citizens Who Care, break the record in December.

The organisation has already collected about 70,000 bras from across the nation and hopes its record attempt will help raise awareness about breast cancer.

“There are also a lot of very nice bras in the pile, too,” Ms Devery said.

She heard about the record attempt from Curves member Christine Alexander, who suggested they start a bra drive locally to help raise awareness about the disease.

Ms Alexander, of Clunes, said it was an important project because it reminded women to get regular breast checks.

“I'm a registered nurse and have worked with people who have breast cancer,” Ms Alexander said.

“Plus, I'm a woman. It's an important issue and it's good to increase awareness about it.”

• To play your part in history, drop off our bra at Curves in Lismore or Ballina. Call 6622 2538 for more information.



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