One Thursday afternoon about a month ago, a splash of colour appeared at the admin. buildings of the informal settlement at Die Kop. Children carrying shopping bags full of recyclable waste began to queue at the gate, patiently waiting their turn to go into the “Treasure Chest.” The reason? Word had got around that if you brought all the recyclable waste that you could find in one or more plastic shopping bags, you could join the line into the treasure room, and for one bag of stuff, you could swop it for a beanie, a pencil and a rubber, or a T-shirt, a small toy doll, a picture-book and more! The queue had been given a short talk by Johan van Taak , Overstrand Refuse Manager, showing them how a small plastic bottle would become transformed into a large Coca Cola bottle, and plastic cast-offs could be transformed in various ways in the recycling factory, instead of just being dumped into a land-fill.
You can help, donations are needed in order for this wonderful idea to go from strength to strength. Appeals will be sent to large companies, but we rely heavily on what you as Stanfordians can give. We are looking for :
- Jeans and shoes for boys and girls of all ages
- “Hoodies” and other warm clothing
- White school shirts, grey shorts and longs/ navy or maroon skirts for the girls
All of the above to be clean and in good repair, please.
- Stationery including ballpoint pens, crayons, rubbers, rulers, notebooks
- Toys, bags, peaked caps, etc. as well as anything you deem would appeal to adults as well as the children.
Monetary donations can be sent to Rotary Club of Stanford
- FNB Account 623 559 796 95 Branch Code 250 655
Or via the PayPal Donate Button on this page for our overseas friends.