recycling for charity

July 30, 2008

One of the things guaranteed to send your average DWYC-er into a foaming (really? Just me with the foaming? I should really get that looked at), ranting frenzy is the dilemma of what to do with something you simply don’t need any more- particularly something that no longer works as it should. Old glasses, holey, laddered tights, bras nearly in shreds*.. what to do?

(For some reason, this post is rather underwear themed. Don’t read too much into that ;).)

– If you have some tights going to waste, please send your laddered/ holey/ spare clean pairs to the following address:

Ethopia Tights Appeal
Tightsplease
2nd Floor Albion Court
18 – 20 Frederick Street
Hockley
Birmingham
B1 3HE

Tightsplease will send them to the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital on your behalf.

This hospital treats women who have suffered obstetric fistula in childbirth. I don’t have to tell you here how horrendous this condition is, and women around the world continue to suffer from it. The women use the tights to keep their bandages in place, and the legs of the tights are then woven into rugs.

While there are plenty of ways you can reuse old tights (in the garden, for one), as they even suggest elsewhere on the site, this is an absolutely excellent way to ensure that someone will benefit.

– How about those old, out of shape bras you don’t wear any more? The Rock Chicks want them to create a chain in aid of cancer awareness and research. They are aiming to break the world record of 114,000 bras by November.

They are ideally looking for a donation of €1 per bra, to raise funds for cancer centres in the west of Ireland. I’ve heard these ladies interviewed, and their enthusiasm for this is really something else.

If you’re based in Ireland, here is a list of drop locations and contact people to whom you can donate. But if you’re outside Ireland, you can post your bras to:

Mayo Cancer Support Centre, Rock Rose House, 32 St. Patricks Avenue, Castlebar, Co. Mayo, Ireland

For a variety of reasons, this one hits home with me, so they can expect a few pairs from me any day now =)

– How about your old glasses? Many opticians have drop boxes, where you can drop off your old pairs. The charity Vision Aid Overseas benefits from this, and the link just posted outlines exactly what happens your old spectacles once they are donated.

A BBC documentary called Inside Out followed the journey of the former Countdown presenter Richard Whiteley’s spectacles- you can see more about that here.

So, there you have it! I plan to donate to all three. It’s amazing and humbling to see how the simplest ideas can change lives utterly, and how the seemingly smallest donation has the ability to improve life immeasurably for someone.

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