Boys’ bread tags wheel it in

2017-11-21 06:00
Jordan (13) and Jared (7) KannemeyerPHOTOS: aishah cassiem

Jordan (13) and Jared (7) KannemeyerPHOTOS: aishah cassiem

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It has been more than a year since the Kannemeyer brothers started their initiative to collect bread tags for wheelchairs.

The two boys from Grassy Park, Jared (7) and Jordan (13), have collected thousands of bread tags to date, enough to have earned them their first two wheelchairs.

The boys’ collection drive is a part of the Bread Tags for Wheelchairs project facilitated by the Polystyrene Packaging Council of South Africa, in order to recycle bread tags, and in return wheelchairs are distributed. The project was first started by Mary Honeybun, a pensioner from Noordhoek.

People’s Post reported on the boys in July last year, when they requested help from the community and schools to collect bread tags (“Tag to make change”, People’s Post, 12 July 2016).

Their proud mother, Jady Kannemeyer, says the wheelchairs were donated to two organisations on Thursday morning.

The League of the Friends of the Blind (Lofob) and Blouvlei School for children with special needs were the two beneficiaries.

“It was an exciting feeling for the family to have donated these wheelchairs to the two homes. This has been a long year for the boys and their hard work has finally paid off. They started off with a small basket of bread tags and it took them a year to raise thousands of them,” she says.

“They managed to collect five full boxes – enough to purchase one wheelchair. Keep in mind that we need to have over 200 000 tags to obtain it, weighing R6 a kilo. A 70-year-old man donated the second wheelchair as he wanted it to be part of the handover.”

Jared is the youngest coordinator volunteer for the project, and was honoured at a high tea in August this year.

“My sons are active in helping the community, doing foster home Christmas parties, celebrating their birthdays at children’s homes, soup kitchens, pampering the elderly at the old-age home and handing out gifts on Mother’s Day to the mothers of kids in the oncology unit at Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital,” she says.

“This project just adds another delightful fragrance to their achievements. The gift of this project is that the tags are recycled and they have since learned a lot about recycling. They have also learned that by recycling something this small it can make a huge difference.”

V For more information call Jady Kannemeyer on 078 175 2831.

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