Ladies, give us your bras!
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We’d like our many female fans to take the opportunity to de-clutter their undies drawers of any ‘gently worn’ bras and bring them to Heritage Park for our next home match, which is against Stourbridge on Saturday 17 October. There will be collection points pitch-side of the turnstiles.
We are undertaking the collection in conjunction with internet holiday retailers ‘Holiday Hypermarket’ in support of “Smalls for All”. This is a young charity set up in 2010 and was created following a series of trips to orphanages in Africa where founder Maria Macnamara worked as a volunteer. Maria heard a priest in Zimbabwe speaking about the lack of underwear and the problems this can cause. Not only is it a health and hygiene problem for many poor African communities, as women often only own one pair of tattered pants or have none at all, but underwear is also seen as a status symbol and offers a degree of security. Women who can afford underwear tend to be seen as having someone who cares for them – a husband, brother or father. They are not on their own so they are not seen as vulnerable.
And that’s how “Smalls for All” came to life as registered charity: to help vulnerable women and children. They have a trustee board of knowledgeable and committed individuals who bring wisdom and clear vision to their cause. They also have the support of many volunteers, without whom they wouldn’t have achieved what they have to date. Underwear was just the start. Smalls for All helps thousands of women and children in poorer areas of Africa and those with medical conditions like fistula. It’s hard to believe that something as simple as providing underwear can help. But it really does make a huge difference…
Our male supporters can also get involved by plucking up courage and speaking to their female friends, family and work colleagues to ask for their help. But they might want to show them a print of this article to avoid any misunderstandings!!!
Darlington Football Club volunteer, Stacey Fletcher, works for Holiday Hypermarket and she will arrange for our collection to be despatched to “Smalls for All” along with those collected by the staff of Holiday Hypermarket.
If you wish to know more about “Smalls for All”, go to their website: