Do one thing for your area

2019-01-29 06:00
Luke Koeries with the Kids for Kids.

Luke Koeries with the Kids for Kids.

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Revamp The Valley, a non-profit organisation in Fish Hoek, had a successful launch of their Do One Thing (DOT) campaign, aimed at improving the area.

The organisation invited local community groups and organisations to join their DOT awareness initiative at Longbeach Mall on Saturday 19 January.

Revamp the Valley founder and director, Leigh Barrett, says their goal is to encourage everyone to find their passion and join a group of like-minded people who “do one thing” to improve their neighbourhood this year.

“Revamp The Valley launched the DOT campaign. ‘Do One Thing’ encourages all residents to join any effort of interest: if you use the beach, join a group engaged in beach cleanups; if you love gardening, join your neighbours to improve your local park. We have an established methodology that will guide you in best practices. If you’re passionate about social development, participate in our dignity days programme that we run in partnership with False Bay College. We’re also looking to raise funds this year for the much-needed lockers where our local homeless can safely store their belongings. There is so much that people can do to help and improve their communities for the better,” she says.

The launch was attended by various NPOs doing good things in their respective communities.

Luke Koeries, from Kids Are Kids in Ocean View, brought some of the 200 kids he looks after.

Koeries provides a safe “walking bus” to school for the kids and give them healthy meals daily. He also takes them on outings to the beach and hiking.

Local Fish Hoek residents John Shaw and Eva van Belle teamed up (with a beautiful display created by Eva from recycled materials) to tell people about their efforts to clear alien vegetation from Elsie’s Peak.

Karen Gray-Kilfoil brought information flyers and examples of unrecyclable and ecobrick materials. He was joined by fellow Sun Valley residents, who have been working hard to restore the eight parks of the suburb.

Barret says: “We were also joined by a number of heroes from the Volunteer Wildfire Services, who spent the time gearing up the kids, and receiving the gratitude of those of us who just couldn’t ever imagine ourselves running towards danger.

“A local company, Creative Designs, made us a stand that transformed a whiteboard into a double-sided ideas and challenge board”.

Revamp The Valley will be announcing the next date for DOT soon. If you are an individual or group working in the public space and would like to participate in the next event, get in touch so they can add you to the mailing list.

V Email Leigh Barrett at for more information.


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