Bottles for owls

2018-04-24 06:00
Jenny Kenyon has taken initiative to save her favourite birds.

Jenny Kenyon has taken initiative to save her favourite birds.

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Support your children in their plans, says Kathryn Kenyon, mother of five-year-old Jenny who is already making a difference in society.

Kathryn says it is important for parents to help their children follow their interests from a young age.

She says the entire family supports Jenny in her efforts to collect plastic bottles in aid of the Owl Rescue Association.

With the help of their neighbours and some local businesses, Jenny has reportedly collected about 14 cubic metres of plastic bottles and will be handing them over to the beneficiaries soon.

Her love for penguins, turtles and owls began when she and her family visited the Two Oceans Aquarium last year. According to her mother, Jenny wanted to do something for birds and asked if they could collect bottles.

“When Jenny first wanted to help the penguins and turtles we contacted the aquarium and they were happy for her to be a mini ambassador for them. We then read about how Owl Rescue is using plastic to make nesting boxes so it made sense to contact them too,” Kenyon says.

Jenny says she would like to continue collecting bottles and helping the organisation. She is appealing for donations of plastic bottles, which must be clean and in good condition.

“Listen to their ideas, help them make the move but give them the freedom to stop when they get tired of it. After all, they are still kids,” says Kenyon.

“Jenny is very proud of herself. Seeing the volume of plastic is a stark reminder of how much waste people produce. It takes approximately one cubic metre of squashed plastic bottles to make one nesting box.

“If we all do one small thing to make a tiny difference, then we will make a big difference­.”

Her older brother has a community project of his own whereby he collects clothing and toys for the Little Brinks non-profit organisation that helps needy children.

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