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Kai Tiaki Nursing New Zealand readers will know of the Pacific Uplift project to supply bras to women in the Pacific, notably Vanuatu. You have responded magnificently in getting bras to me, from all over the country and we collected more than 8000.

Pacific Uplift! Australia has also had an amazing response. It now has 160,000 bras in storage so has stopped collecting. Due to this wonderful collection, I am asking that, for the time being, no further bras be sent. I am happy to accept those already collected, but until I know if Australia can fulfil the remainder of the request from Vanuatu, I would ask that no further "bra" events or collections be started. We do not want to collect more than are wanted in the Islands. If more are needed I will let you know.

One of the biggest problems has been the logistics of transporting the bras to Vanuatu but the first shipment left Auckland early this month, thanks to PDL Shipping and Mainfreight.

I want to thank everyone involved--friends, family, courier companies, co-ordinators, Rotary International and Australian co-ordinator Liz Baker for starting such a worthwhile project and allowing me to be part of such an amazing endeavour.


Rachel Kitayama-Moore, Pacific Uplift/New Zealand co-ordinator, Auckland

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Author:Kitayama-Moore, Rachel
Publication:Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Feb 1, 2009
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