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Thursday, September 22, 2022

New Rotary Cub collects unused bras for a good cause

* Llangollen Co-op's Emma Lloyd, Naomi Hughes and Mandy Hughes with the Bra Bank.

* The Nisa team of Ceri Rowland and David Gough.

The new Vale of Llangollen Rotary Club has taken on the task of collecting old and unwanted bras as one of its environmental and international projects.

It also supports one of the UK Breast Cancer charities.

At the Co-Op and Nisa (Stans) in Llangollen, you will find the pink Against Breast Cancer Bra Banks bin where the bras can be deposited.

The club says it doesn't matter what condition the bra is in but they still want it to be laundered.

This initiative also keeps valuable textiles out of landfill, helps support Against Breast Cancer and helps families in Africa.

When you drop a bra in one of our Bra Banks, ill-fitting or unloved bras will be whisked away to start a new life on the other side of the world.

Here they are used to help small businesses for African women to support their families by selling the bras in the markets in places such as Togo, Ghana and Kenya. 

A club spokesperson said: "Bras are impossibly expensive to make and buy in places like Africa. One of the unexpected gains of the initiative is that now these bras are affordable in town markets, more women are wearing bras and sexual assault has gone down.

"Many of the bras are resalable as they are. Some are taken apart by the African women and remade as cottage industries. The ones that are not reusable in any way are broken down and recycled as cotton waste and metal. Everyone is a winner."

Against Breast Cancer have teamed up with a UK recycling company who help small businesses in Africa.

The recycling company are donating £700 to cancer research for every tonne of bras collected, that's only 9,000 bras.

Vale of Llangollen Rotary is ready to welcome individuals and couples of 18-plus from the local community who want to be “people of action”. 

Members normally meet face-to-face at Liberty Tavern in Market Street, Llangollen on Monday evenings at 7.30pm. Alternatively, people can join the meeting via a Zoom connection.

* For more information on what Rotary has to offer contact Mike Lade on 07803 038858, or see

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