CHRISTMAS came early for the women of Naduri and surrounding villages as they received free bras from a former Fijian residing in Australia.
Personally handing out free bras to her close ancestral kinswomen, Naomi Roberts shared in the laughter and jokes of women in the Naduri Village hall yesterday.
Ms Roberts, who hails from Rukua in Beqa, said they began their exercise with women in the area by holding a program on the need to wear correct bra sizes.
"The project began with me and my mum Elina Ragogo when we used to buy bras for our relatives during our previous visits," she said.
"When an Australian company learnt of our little project, they decided to give us bulks of bras to distribute on our trip to Fiji.
"Because of self-funding, we used to deliver to women in the Viti Levu area only."
Ms Roberts said this year she was approached by a friend to extend the project to Vanua Levu.
"With what little we had we felt that there was a need to bring it out here to our tauvu.
"ITaukei women normally take bras lightly and do not give a thought to the need to wear correct bra sizes because it contributes a lot to the posture of a woman and her bearing, especially during formal functions such as church services.
Ms Roberts said they would distribute about 14,000 bras in Natewa, Naduri and Lekutu.
"Each woman will be presented with two pairs of bras," she said.
Naduri villager Karailini Ranoko described the project as a useful and precious gift.