Uplift Project

October 14, 2019

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For women in disadvantaged communities a bra is often unobtainable or unaffordable. This project collects new and second hand bras and sends them wherever we have requests.

Why Bras?

"In the Solomon Islands it is quite difficult to access a comfortable bra. Some of the second hand shops sell bras but mostly women have to buy their bras from the Chinese Trade Stores. These bras have some problems; they come in smaller sizes, are made of nylon and perish quickly in tropical conditions. You cannot buy maternity bras or mastectomy bras in country. For the women to be given free bras is an unbelievable experience for all of them. Women feel a tremendous obligation to meet the needs of their families, and so for any woman in the village to spend money buying a bra for herself can almost be seen as an unforgivable sin. The priority for women's spending is food and education needs of children."
spacer.gif - Rose Wale, 2012, Report of Bra Distribution, Solomon Islands.

The situation described above is common in many countries. Women appreciate the common dignity of a bra for business or social occasions. Bras control breast swing when women bend to garden or cook at ground level. In humid climates rashes, fungal infections and abscesses occur between the breast and the chest wall. Bras help by allowing air circulation. Nursing mums everywhere leak, and bras allow the dignity of a dry shirt, and the comfort of support. A thrush rash on a mother's skin may spread to her baby's mouth, and then back into the breast itself. A mastectomy bra offers privacy about the problem.

Since 2005 Uplift Project has sent over two million bras wherever women have requested them.  Uplift tries to ensure they get to the women who need them without compromising their dignity. We have sent bras to Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Cook Islands, Tonga, Solomon Islands, Philippines, Bali, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Botswana, Uganda and Pakistan, the Northern Territory and the Kimberley regions in Australia.

Bella Bodies is supporting Uplift by donating our end of line new products and also encourages our customer community to get involved by donating any bras they do not wear anymore but are still in good condition.  

Uplift Project Ltd became a registered charity on 22/4/2015 and is endorsed as a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR). See our ACNC registration at www.acnc.gov.au

Uplift sends bras only where they are requested. We ship only in biodegradable packaging, and aim not to compete with local businesses.

Often the bra received through Uplift will be the only bra that woman owns.

Uplift have many collection points all around Australia (see HERE for drop off locations) or Bella Bodies is happy to send on your used Bras. If returning or exchanging a product feel free to include your used bras and we will make sure it gets to Uplift, or you can send us your used Bras at any time to Bella Bodies Australia, 8/84 Old Pittwater Rd, Brookvale NSW 2100.

What does Uplift Collect?

Size 8-16, AA-DD cup ( 30-38 / 65-85 ) in good condition, including crop top styles.

Size 18+, A-DD cup ( 40+ / 90+ )

E cup plus, ANY size Likely to be the only properly fitting bras that a woman gets in her life.

Nursing bras including crop tops, ANY condition will do. If it will catch a leak it is better than nothing, which is the alternative. Reuseable nursing pads are also appreciated.

Mastectomy Bras and Breast Forms (prostheses) Like gold. If possible please send the box with the breast form/prosthesis, and put the relevant bras under the plastic mould, in the bottom of the box. These will be given to hospitals for distribution. If sending bras only, without breast forms/prostheses, please put a note in the bag/postpack so we don't miss-sort them.

Link to Uplift Project Website.




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Size Guide

* Note - please check the product page for any Style specific guidelines re sizing.

All Bella Bodies Styles except the Lace Wirefree Bra
Small Medium Voluptuous Very Voluptuous Extra Voluptuous
T-Shirt or Jeans size 8-10 12-14 16-18 18-20 20-22

* If between sizes and larger than a DD cup we suggest going up to the next size in our crop style bras.

Bella Eco Sizing
(sizing is small so go up a size from your Bella Bodies size)

Small Medium Large
 Hi Waist Undie, Bikini Undie 6-10 10-12 12-14
Bralette & Sports Crop 6-8 10-12 14-16
Long Sleeve Sport Top 6-8 10-12 14-16
S/M M/L
Classic Cami 6-10 12-16
Lifestyle Legging 6-10 12-16

Lace Wirefree Bra

Our wirefree lace bras are true to size and run very close to Triumph and Simone Perele which tend to be a little broader in the back. Sizes 12 to 22 from a B to E cup.

Use the Chart below to determine your correct size.

Ruby Lace Bra Size Chart, Bella Bodies Australia