More than 200 sets of wire breasts will be set up as part of Elmore's Brassiart exhibition, which aims to raise awareness about breast cancer.By Elaine Cooney
Elmore will be centre stage in the breast cancer awareness campaign next month.
Elmore’s Muddy Waters Gallery will cover a wall with more than 200 sets of wire breasts for its Brassiart exhibition.
Gallery owner Judi Bilkey spent the month of September creating different sized and shaped breasts out of wire in a bid to raise awareness for breast health and funds for the McGrath foundation.
They will be on display every weekend from the beginning of October to celebrate breast cancer awareness month.
Bras from the exhibition will be donated to women in outback Aboriginal communities after it ends.
Ms Bilkey will be asking people to visit her gallery with bras and cash to take part in the program.
‘‘They can hang a bra (on the sculptures) and make a donation,’’ she said.
McGrath Foundation ambassador and director Tracy Bevan said the foundation was ‘‘blown away by the support from Australian communities’’.
She said fundraisers went a long way in helping the foundation ensure every family in Australia experiencing breast cancer had access to a breast care nurse — no matter where they lived or their financial circumstance.
‘‘The foundation believes they need 150 McGrath breast care nurses to make this vision a reality,’’ she said.
‘‘We are proud to have 84 McGrath breast care nurses working nationally who together have supported more than 20,000 Australian families experiencing breast cancer.’’
Ms Bilkey has been a strong advocate for cancer charities since her sister Rhonda White died from breast cancer in 2005.
Last year she shaved her head for Shave for a Cure in order to raise money for the cancer charity, but this year wanted to help the McGrath Foundation.
‘‘I know how important the (McGrath Foundation) nurses were to my sister and family,’’ she said.
‘‘They kept her informed on everything that was happening and were really good to us as well
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