Tag to make change

2016-07-12 11:25
Jordan, left, and Jared Kannemeyer are showing the world what a difference a breadtag can make to somebody who needs a wheelchair.

Jordan, left, and Jared Kannemeyer are showing the world what a difference a breadtag can make to somebody who needs a wheelchair. (Gary van Dyk)

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Two youngsters from Grassy Park are on a mission to show the world that a simple plastic bread tag can make mobility possible for a disabled person.

Jared (6) and Jordan (12) are at Fairview Primary and have been learning about recycling and how it helps the environment, but they are taking it a step further.

During the school holidays the pair have started collecting the tags from bread bags and want to collect enough to buy a wheelchair for a child that needs one.

Their initiative is part of Bread tags for Wheelchairs, a project facilitated by the Polystyrene Packaging Council of South Africa, in order to recycle bread tags, and in return wheelchairs are distributed. This initiative was started by Mary Honeybun, a pensioner from Noordhoek, and there are now over 100 coordinators like Mary across the country.

In Grassy Park, the two siblings are motivating everybody in their family and friendship circle to get involved.

“In our family we had an uncle who needed a wheelchair, so we know how important it is to a disabled person,” he says.

“At school we learn about recycling and this project is one way that we can show the world how something as small as a bread tag can help somebody get a wheelchair.”

Mom Jady is very proud of her sons and what they want to achieve.

“It’s part of what we teach them,” she says.

“They must know from an early age that you must try and play a part in helping those less fortunate than you.

“With this project they realised that something so small can grow into the gift of mobility for somebody.”

Jordan explains that the project will be calling on family, friends, the church and school to help them.

“Everybody buys bread using these tags and just throws them away every day,” he says.

“We want people to keep them, throw them in a jar or small box and when we have enough we will be able to get a person that wheelchair.

“Since starting the project we have found out that there are so many uses for them and one million tags can buy three wheelchairs.”

Presently there are over 480 collection boxes in strategic places, schools, shopping centres, shops and churches.

“We would like to see communities come together to help in an initiative like this,” continues Jady.

“One tag on its own may seem insignificant, but what if your neighbour joins you, the people in your street and maybe where you work? It all adds up, and you make a positive contribution to somebody’s life.”

If you would like to help, call Jady on 078 175 2831.

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