Pinelands residents roll up sleeves for neighbourhood

2017-06-07 06:01
Using two industrial weed eaters, sponsored by Talisman Plant and Tool Hire in Willow Road, and other tools the Pinelands residents cleaned up their local “dam” recently.                          Photos:LYLE KNICKELBEIN

Using two industrial weed eaters, sponsored by Talisman Plant and Tool Hire in Willow Road, and other tools the Pinelands residents cleaned up their local “dam” recently. Photos:LYLE KNICKELBEIN

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A NUMBER of concerned residents from the Pinelands area, situated between Lorraine and Overbaakens, have started a Community Fundraising Committee to improve the state of the area.

Doreen Arndt, founder and head of the committee, along with four other women, have taken it upon themselves to raise funds for the Pinelands Neighbourhood Watch, various charities and other worthy causes.

They recently hosted their first community project – a clean-up at their local “dam” which Arendt described as “overgrown and filthy.”

“A lot of ‘unwelcome guests’ have been found lurking in the thick grass and now that it is clean, the visibility is so much better for our patrollers, the SAPS, Atlas and ADT,” she said.

The ladies set up food stalls at the event to raise money to better equip the members of the neighbourhood watch. They also donated about two dozen leftover hotdog rolls to the MTR Smit Children’s Home.

“What inspired me the most to create the committee is the fact that while not everyone is able to patrol like our dedicated patrollers, we as a community can support them in other ways and we would be helping them help us,” Arendt said.

“I hope that we can contribute towards some of the expenses that patrollers have incurred, like petrol and the equipment they have bought. We also want to collect enough funds so that we can have a camera system installed in the area for more visibility.”

Arendt added that they want to create more awareness of the neighbourhood watch and how the community can stand together to fight and prevent crime in the area.

According to her, Pinelands is a very small, close-knit community and keeping in touch with each other is easy as they have social, security and street groups on WhatsApp.

The women of the Community Fundraising Committee are not planning to stop at just a day’s work either – the clean-up project will run for a full three months.

They are also planning to host a day of family fun and picnics, fundraisers for charities, competitions and a biannual dinner and dance.

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