Preschoolers collect for ‘bottle hothouse ’

2017-11-29 06:02
The Sakisizwe Day Care Centre preschoolers are introduced to the possible prizes.PHOTOS: supplied

The Sakisizwe Day Care Centre preschoolers are introduced to the possible prizes.PHOTOS: supplied

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AN Amanzimtoti preschool, Sakisizwe Day Care Centre, is boasting about its new hothouse, thanks to an initiative by the Vincit Omnia Veritas (VOV) Trust.

The entire hothouse is built with two-litre plastic bottles, collected by the preschool children as part of an environmental awareness initiative on litter. It will also serve a purpose of self-sustainability.

The hothouse is home to strawberries and cucumbers at the moment.

Zeele Pauw, from the VOV Trust is the initiator and asked the preschoolers to bring two-litre bottles for the project.

To encourage them, the top three pupils who brought the most bottles were awarded prizes, with first prize being a plastic scooter.

A total of 320 bottles were used to build the hothouse, translating to a significant reduction in litter. Next the Trust is building a sandpit, using two-litre bottles filled with sand.

“The reward to see the happiness on the face of the little boy who won the scooter is incredible,” said Zeele.

She explained the Trust is a group of people concerned about the creation of jobs, working with underprivileged children, the upliftment of the community, security matters, environmental issues and campaigning for a total ban on fireworks.

OTHER PROJECTS THE TRUST HAS UNDERTAKEN INCLUDE:

• “Dune Defence”, an ongoing project to rehabilitate the dunes and stretches from Winkle lagoon to the Moth Hall.

• Kingsway-Ellcock verges that are maintained by the Trust, assisted by Green Intentions Garden Service.

• The upgrade of the Warner Beach Subway.

• New security initiatives in the Warner Beach area, specifically working with a prominent security company to have live stream cameras installed with feeds directly to the control room.

“These efforts are expensive and it is not realistic for a handful of people contributing for the betterment of all. It is amazing what can be achieved with little resources and absolute dedication.

“The proof of many projects’ successes is now more than 10 years in the making.

“We have funders who believe in us and that goes a long way to taking on and maintaining certain initiatives, but it does turn out to be the same few people who put their hand up all the time.

“I believe that a broader contributory and volunteer base
will really give impetus to these efforts that benefit the whole community.

“Sadly, apathy has always been part and parcel of our community,” said Jan Pauw.

“People who want to contribute directly to the vendor, being it security or maintenance and others, are welcome to do so, details is available from Zeele,” he said.

He added it is necessary for the direct beneficiaries of these initiatives to also come on board and assist to work towards the collective.

“We live in the present.

“The rhetoric [question] is how to be in the present; how to get out of the past, which is no more and how not to get involved in the future, which is not yet, and just to be rooted, centred, in that which is,” Jan said.

The Trust is doing repairs and maintenance for crèches and needs items like bassinettes, mattresses, fans - even if they are trusted - secondhand toys, colouring-in books and crayons, reading books and especially baby toys.

To support this initiative financially, the Trust banking details are - The Vincit Omnia Veritas Trust, bank: Standard Bank, branch: Kingsmead, branch code: 040026, account number: 055 824 536, account type: savings.

For more information, contact Zeele on 072 677 2727.

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