Recycle Swap Shop reopens

2016-04-14 06:00
Rev-up member Debra Anthony learns the card system from long time volunteer Karin Fuchs .Photo: LYN AITKEN

Rev-up member Debra Anthony learns the card system from long time volunteer Karin Fuchs .Photo: LYN AITKEN

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THE Rotary Recycle Swap Shop Project at God’s Acre in Tarragona Road, Sea Vista, was re-opened last week after being suspended at the end of 2015 until such time as a committed volunteer group could be found to take over the monthly running of the project.

The lack of proper security at the precinct had also become a problem with the shop being broken into several times. “We owe a very big vote of thanks to local security experts Calibre Security who have now installed an alarm system in our shop at no cost whatsoever to the project,” says Rotarian project leader Lyn Aitken.

“We are thrilled to announce that the volunteer baton has now been taken up by a dynamic youth group from Sea Vista who call themselves REV-Up along with some hardworking ladies from the Sea Vista ladies walking group and the girls from SONrise.”

The kick-off for the new team was last Thursday, April 6. The ew team worked side-by-side with some of the “old” team to learn the ropes and get acquainted with the system. The Rotary Satellite Club St Francis will partner with the new volunteer group to provide mentorship and guidance as well as assistance with fundraising and stocking.

“The idea of the Recycle Swap Shop programme is that primary school children from disadvantaged communities have the opportunity to collect and sort recyclable material for which they can earn points,” says Aitken. “These points can then be exchanged for goods in the Swap Shop.”

The Swap Shop stocks basic non-perishable food, hygiene products and school stationery, as well as toys, shoes and any other sports equipment or bicycles which are usually donated by the generous community of St Francis and friends.

The project is entirely run by volunteers and funded through donations and various fund-raising activities. “Approximately one-third of the costs of stocking the shop come from the sale of the collected recyclable material to our recycling partner Enviroman,” says Lynn.

The Rotary “Rev-Up” Recycle Swap Shop opens for the children of Sea Vista on the first Thursday afternoon of each month, weather permitting. The next date for a swap shop event will be from 14:00 to 16:00 on Thursday, April 5. Members of the public are welcome to bring their sorted recyclable material to the swap shop site on that day between 09:00 and 12:00.

For more information, send an email Lyn Aitken at lyn@inspectahome.co.za.

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