Good afternoon, my upper-decker-flopper-stoppers!
As you are all aware, today is 3rd September: meaning that my Bronze DofE Brafrica Project has come to an end. *sniffles*
Oh, please, stop crying! Give me a few months and I’ll be back again for my Silver Award! Gah! You’re all such drama queens!
So, shall we take a moment to reflect on the past 6 months of BRAfrica?
On 21st January 2017, I sat down in my pyjamas and set up this blog after a long family discussion as to what I could do for my DofE that would actually make a significant difference to the lives of others.
As a family, we settled on an end goal of 500 bras. I remember being sat there thinking ‘if I manage to collect 500 bras, I will be so happy! 500 is a lot!!’. Little did I know that I would smash that target within 8 weeks!!! Never did I dream that after 7 months I would have over 2000!
Here we have the infamous photo of me with my first pile of bras. I can tell you there are 60 bras in this photo, and that I was over the moon to be boxing up my first batch of bras.
And here we have a series of photos from only a few months later where we had 7 boxes in a week, piles larger than my dogs, and piles large enough to jump out of! Who would’ve thought?
Ladies and gentlemen, I am unbelievably proud to announce that our final total for my Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award BRAfrica Project is….
Two thousand, four hundred and sixty-five bras (that’s 49 and a half boxes)
Yeah, I know! What an odd number to finish on! Honesty it could have at least been a nice round number!
Okay, okay, I’ll be serious now.
Together, we have managed to donate enough bras to help change the lives of so many women. We have prevented horrific things such as rape, inslavery, and infections, as well as improving their person hygiene and probable back pain. What an amazing thought.
I believe I have some thanks to give…
This week’s bra givers are:
Debonhair, on quite a large-scale!
and Alli W
Thank you guys!
Now, I would like to take a moment to thank Morgan from David Arthur Opticians, Deb from Debonhair, and the ladies at the Old Mining College for being absolutely fantastic. I am so grateful for their support and the phenomenal amount of bras they have all collected as a contribution to this project. Thank you!
I would also like to thank Jayne Marks for her unwavering support throughout my BRAfrica journey. Jayne is the lady who organised two of the three drop off points, as well as my interview with Andy for the Mercury newspaper a few months ago. Thank you so much!
There is one woman in particular that I would like to speak about, as she has been my No. 1 supporter since day 1. She has stood by my through these past 7 months and has helped me, supported me, and guided me through sticky patches. Ladies and gentlemen, a round of applause for my mum please! (photo from Crete 2015)
Last but not least I would also like to thank my beautiful models for being a large part of my BRAfrica image and journey! Woof!
Oh! And a huge shoutout to Group 2! Well done for completing your Bronze Awards guys, perhaps we’ll end up doing silver together too!
Right, moving forward onto next time!
Of course I shall be kicking this project off again next time when I begin my Silver Award! My volunteering will be, obviously, collecting my bras, and my skills section will be a continuation of my social media skills. Hey, you may even end up getting a few vlogs as I go about my bra business! Who knows?
Before I go, just a reminder:
We will never turn down bras so keep ’em coming!
I believe that’s all for now! I shall see you again for my silver award…