Plastic is ‘gold’ for the disabled

2015-10-13 06:00
Karen Andriaanse with Kensington resident Michael Fisher after she donated a wheelchair to him.

Karen Andriaanse with Kensington resident Michael Fisher after she donated a wheelchair to him.

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Some people might regard a bread tag and the bread plastic bag as useless, not knowing it is full of mobility for others.

A bread tag and plastic bag, if collected and recycled, enables people to get wheelchairs.

A Good Samaritan who has been working for the Bread Tag Foundation for the past eight years knows the potential and has given people in her area another lease on life.

Karen Andriaanse donated three wheelchairs to residents of Factreton and Kensington last week. She says it was as simple as collecting bread tags and plastic bags. The money that’s obtained from recycling them bought wheelchairs.

“People take these two (a bread tag and plastic bag) for granted, not knowing that someone’s life depends on it. By putting them together other people are able to live independently because they are given their mobility back when they get a wheelchair. It really makes me happy that I’m able to contribute positively to the people in my community,” she says.

One recipient, Michael Fisher from Sunderland Street, was ecstatic that he could move around again and be outdoors.

“I was a vendor and a freak accident left me unable to walk. I’m so happy that with this wheelchair I got I will be able to move around and go to the shops on my own. It’s not easy having to rely on other people to do things for you, but I’m glad this is another chance to live life to the fullest,” he says.

“Each tag, as useless as it may seem, is gold to someone who cannot walk. I encourage members of the community to make a difference and help me to collect bread tags and bread plastic bags,” says Andriaanse.

Andriaanse did it as part of a Peace Builders project. She was amongst 20 people who graduated from the programme at the end of last month. She says the programme has opened her eyes.

“To deal with things you must first have inner peace. I want to spread that message amongst other people in my community.”


Those who want to drop off bread tags and bread plastic bags can call Andriaanse on 084 805 8254.

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