Dave Richards for September 25th …………
--The goal has always been to raise consciousness of breast cancer and to bring a world record to her home city. It has taken Jennifer Jolicoeur ten long years to collect nearly 200,000 women’s bras, but the end of this awesome project is just over a week away. October 5th is when the Guinness World Record representatives are scheduled to arrive in Woonsocket to witness the building of the longest chain of bras hooked together the world has ever seen, and to certify the feat officially, if we make it.
That means “Game On” for Jennifer Jolicoeur’s Athena’s Cup crew to start hooking them together one by one on Saturday October 5th under the watchful eye of the Guinness reps.
The City of Woonsocket has offered River’s Edge Complex on Davison Avenue to stage the event, where 1,000 boxes of donated, used bras will be delivered from storage for the world-record task.
The resulting chain of bras is calculated to become more than a mile long, so you can just imagine how many people will be needed to work long hours to get them hooked in a single chain. And I do mean ‘hooked’. Guinness says we cannot staple them or sew them together, they must be hooked together with their own hooks and loops, complicating the task because, as you can imagine, a certain tension must be constantly applied between bras so they won’t unhook accidentally. If they do, we’ve got to stop and hook them back up, taking precious time and effort.
Jennifer tells me what she needs now is help. Dozens, if not hundreds, of volunteers Jen playfully calls “Hookers” will be required to assemble the bra-chain. If you want to volunteer, you’ll find a sign up form at this address on the Internet: www.athenascup.org. There you can tell them when you are available to help “hook” and if you can help to “unhook” the bra chain. If you’re not comfortable with the Internet, call me at my radio station and I’ll fill out a form for you. 401-762-1240.
Yes, I said “unhook”. After we hook together 200,000 bras for the world record volunteers are needed to reverse the process because the resulting chain of bras will be too long to haul away and you can’t expect the city to allow us to leave it there on the River’s Edge soccer fields, right?
Many hands make light work, friends. Please help raise breast cancer awareness and bring a world record from Austrailia to our own Woonsocket, Rhode Island. It’s the weekend after next. October 5th, 6th, 7th, and maybe part of the 8th to make the record, maybe less time if we get a lot of help.
If you simply cannot come to help us, you can donate money which will help a lot. The Guinness people don’t come here for nothing, you know.
To donate to The Athena’s Cup Campaign, send one or more bras, (yes we could still use a few more in case some break) with a $5.00 donation, to Athena’s Home Novelties, 640 Winter Street, Woonsocket, RI, 02895. For more information, or to make an online donation, visit www.athenascup.org. The Athena’s Cup is a registered 501 (c) (3) charitable organization. The Athena’s Cup has no paid employees. All public relations, marketing, bra collecting and counting has been supported by the generous time donated by Athena’s corporate staff and sales people.
Like any event which happens at the beginning of a month, Athena’s Cup weekend will sneak up on you fast, so please make your decision to help today.
I think the Athena’s Cup Event has the potential of bringing out the best of Woonsocket and is worth supporting whether you live in Woonsocket, know people who live in Woonsocket, or have ever visited Woonsocket.
--That's what I think. What do you think? Comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org or postal mail to Dave Richards, WOON Radio, 985 Park Avenue, Woonsocket, RI 02895-6332. Thanks for reading.