Cork‘s female sports stars support ‘Bin Your Bra Campaign’

Cork‘s female sports stars support ‘Bin Your Bra Campaign’

This Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Marie Keating Foundation's campaign is urging women to give their bra for breast cancer.

Four of Cork's best-known female sports stars are asking women to bin their old bras and raise funds for a breast cancer charity in order to raise awareness of breast cancer.

All-Ireland camogie winners Gemma O'Connor and Lynda O'Connell, ladies football star Doireann O'Sullivan and soccer player Barbara O'Connell are lending their support to the Ryan's SuperValu-sponsored 'Bin Your Bra' 'Bin Your Bra' campaign.

Liam Ryan of Ryan's SuperValu said the store has teamed up with a local cancer support group to raise awareness for breast cancer. Bins will be placed at Ryan's supervalue stores, where customers can bring their old bras in any shape, size or color.

For every bra collected at Ryan's three stores, the charity will benefit by _1 per bra collected. So the ladies can hand the bras in to Newton Stewart office between 9am to 5pm Monday to Thursday and 9am to 3pm on Fridays.

Liam Ryan said," We are proud to support our local community in every possible way and we wanted to do something this October to highlight the need for greater education around Breast Cancer among men and women".

He mentioned that a local woman, Anne Dowley Spillane, who set up The Girls Club has been doing amazing work supporting people with cancer.

Martha Dennehy-Torpey from the Girls Club Cancer Support Centre in Cork, the bras are being gathered by Fed Ex and taken to BCR Global Textile's central depots across the country.

BCR helps small businesses in Africa through its textile project. It prevents valuable textiles going to landfill giving them a new lease of life in developing countries across Africa where bras remain too expensive to produce.

The deposit of ill-fitted and unwanted bras at a Bra Bank can be used away to start a new life on the other side of the world, where traders support their families selling textiles locally. The bank is contributing tremendously to both the African economy and to breast cancer research in the UK.

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