Michaelhouse donates ‘green desks’

2017-05-31 06:03
At the desk donation (back, from left) Daniel Dillon (MHS pupil) Paul Fleischack (MHS deputy rector), Silondile Mhlongo (Lions River principal), Amy Webster (Wildlands relationship manager sustainable schools), Sibu Chalufu (MHS community partnerships manager), Emmanuel Zaloumis (MHS pupil), Ian Leroy (MHS pupil), and (front) Lions River Primary pupils.

At the desk donation (back, from left) Daniel Dillon (MHS pupil) Paul Fleischack (MHS deputy rector), Silondile Mhlongo (Lions River principal), Amy Webster (Wildlands relationship manager sustainable schools), Sibu Chalufu (MHS community partnerships manager), Emmanuel Zaloumis (MHS pupil), Ian Leroy (MHS pupil), and (front) Lions River Primary pupils.

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MICHAELHOUSE (MHS), a private boarding school for boys, celebrated Africa Day by showing the spirit of Ubuntu and donating Wildlands Green Desks to a classroom at Lions River Primary.

Lions River Primary is a farm school in the Midlands Meander which has a total of 115 pupils from Grade 1 to Grade 3.

MHS was one of the top Wildlands recycling schools in 2016, collecting 29 467 kg, and bartered their recycling rebate for green desks.

Wildlands launched the groundbreaking Green Desk project in 2016 and it has since gained much popularity as a barter option for the Wildlands recycling schools network. The Green Desk innovation was made possible through a partnership with Rural Waste Poverty Alleviation Solutions (RWPA).

RWPA figured out how to recycle multilayered plastics (without having to use one drop of water) and through a combination of grinding and extrusion, and then squeezing and densifying the material into planks — the “green desk” concept was born.

The green desks hope to address the 300 000 desk shortage in South Africa, while also up-cycling waste that would have previously ended up in landfills. Michaelhouse has consistently been one of Wildlands’ top recycling schools and participates in many of the Sustainable Schools initiatives offered by Wildlands in partnership with Nedbank.

“These desks are going to help a lot. We are very grateful to Michaelhouse for making this donation possible. Thank you to Wildlands for this innovative project,” said Silondile Mhlongo, Lions River Primary’s principal.

“Mrs Chalufu, the Michaelhouse community partnership manager, was previously a teacher at Lions River Primary. This connection between the two schools made us aware of the needs of Lions River Primary School. It’s been a pleasure to partner with Wildlands and to hand over the desks today,” said Paul Fleischack, Michaelhouse deputy rector.

“Seeing the smiles on the little faces made it all worthwhile. It is also so important for our boys, not only to relate to our community, but also to see this benefit of their recycling efforts.”

Amy Webster, Wildlands relationship manager (sustainable schools) said thank you to Michaelhouse for choosing such a deserving school.

“It is a very generous donation that will surely improve the condition of the classroom of Lions River Primary and the future of the learners.”

Interested businesses are encouraged to purchase or donate a classroom of desks to schools in need.

To find out more, contact Webster at AmyW@wildlands.co.za or Hanno Langenhoven at HannoL@wildlands.co.za or visit www.wildlands.co.za for more information. — Supplied.

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