Sisters are eager to make a difference

2015-11-26 06:00

They explore, they participate in sport, they read, and they have at heart to make a difference in their community.

These are the La Bercensie sisters of Uitenhage, Jasmine (8) and Anika (9) who eagerly contributed to College Hill Preparatory School being one of the top schools which participated in the Re-use, Reduce, Recycle and Love Earth plastic bottle cap project.

“Everybody helped us from our granny, the neighbours and daddy. Even when we walk, we look for bottle caps to fill our bottles,” said Anika La Bercensie.

Jasmine commented and said, “Yes, it was all hands on deck. Everybody helped.”

Anika’s Grade 3 class won collecting the most bottle caps (27 bottles) whilst Jasmine’s class collected the most in the Grade 2 section (14 bottles). One of the Grade R classes won with a total of 42 bottles collected.

After the competition closed, the sisters discovered another 232 bottle caps they forgot at home.

“I thought to create something with it and the idea of a Christmas tree came to my mind. Now I think I want to give it to Rosa Munch old age home for Christmas,” said Jasmine.

The local firm Timber Solutions uses the plastic caps in the manufacturing of their recycled plastic furniture. To date the schools which have contributed the most towards the project are Newton Park Primary with 380kg and College Hill Preparatory with 40kg. Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University has to date collected 25.1kg.

Although the weigh-in for the 2015 effort is at the end of November, the project continues. The peak season of usage of plastic caps is during the forthcoming festive holiday.

So, the La Bercensie sisters can start their “all hands on deck” effort again, collecting caps in support of the Love Earth plastic bottle cap project.

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