Kids look after their communities

2019-05-28 06:01
The team work displayed by the children of the community helped to make for a cleaner neighbourhood.PHOTOs: Racine edwardes

The team work displayed by the children of the community helped to make for a cleaner neighbourhood.PHOTOs: Racine edwardes

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Children from Cafda, Retreat and surrounds were taught the importance of keeping their communities clean through a Tokai Lion’s initiative called Bag-a-Burger.

On Saturday 18 May, the Tokai Lion’s hosted Bag-a-Burger where children (aged five to 12) from Cafda and surrounds were invited to take a walk with the Lions through the community to clean the litter found in the streets, after which they would be rewarded with a burger and snacks.

“We have to plant the seed young,” said Mark Rossouw, a member of the Tokai Lions, referring to this initiative which aims to instil a sense of pride in the children who cleaned their neighbourhood, and prevent them from littering in future.

They were assisted to carry out the initiative by volunteers from Mitchell’s Plain Lions and Cafda residents.

“What we do is split the children into groups of 10 and with each group goes a Lion and somebody who knows the community, and any other helper we’ve got – we have members from Mitchell’s Plain here (today) because they’re interested in running one in Mitchell’s Plain as well,” explained Lions club of Tokai president Jules Blake.

She continued: “When we split them up, we go off into different areas in the community and each of the kids gets a wrist band, a rubbish bag and gloves, so we take them and escort them in small groups and each of them fills up their bags.”

Another member from Lions club of Tokai, Andy Norminton added: “We do this (the wristband) to identify our children. One of the first ones (Bag-a-Burger event) we did, which was in Capricorn; we set off with 96 children and we came back with 129.”

More than 60 children took part in the clean-up, which began at Every Nation Church South in Retreat and they were enthused to get out and clean their neighbourhood again.

Keegan Rudolph (9) took to the streets with vigour, saying that he planned to get the biggest bag and helped the other children to fill theirs once he was done with his.

Other residents joined the cleaning efforts, to improve the state of the community.

At the end of the clean-up, more than 50 bags of litter were placed at a collection point outside the church and collected swiftly by waste services.

The children then washed their hands and picked up their burgers; juice; fruit, which were donated by Lions member Marissa Louw and the Hearshaw and Kinnes Analytical Laboratory; as well as chips and suckers which were donated by residents.

A fundamental part in the success of the event was the work done by Maurita Maggott, a community member who reached out to community leaders in the area to ensure that the day would be safe for the children to walk the streets; without fear of gang-violence and gunfire.

“Each community we go to, we connect with community leaders to help source the children,” she explained.

“Here we’re relying on assistance from the church and two of our members live in the area,” said Blake.

The next Bag-a-Burger event will be held in Mitchell’s Plain, on a date to be confirmed by the Mitchell’s Plain Lions.

Children from Cafda, Retreat and surrounds were taught the importance of keeping their communities clean through a Tokai Lion’s initiative called Bag-a-Burger.

On Saturday 18 May, the Tokai Lion’s hosted Bag-a-Burger where children (aged five to 12) from Cafda and surrounds were invited to take a walk with the Lions through the community to clean the litter found in the streets, after which they would be rewarded with a burger and snacks.

“We have to plant the seed young,” said Mark Rossouw, a member of the Tokai Lions, referring to this initiative which aims to instil a sense of pride in the children who cleaned their neighbourhood, and prevent them from littering in future.

They were assisted to carry out the initiative by volunteers from Mitchell’s Plain Lions and Cafda residents.

“What we do is split the children into groups of 10 and with each group goes a Lion and somebody who knows the community, and any other helper we’ve got – we have members from Mitchell’s Plain here (today) because they’re interested in running one in Mitchell’s Plain as well,” explained Lions club of Tokai president Jules Blake.

She continued: “When we split them up, we go off into different areas in the community and each of the kids gets a wrist band, a rubbish bag and gloves, so we take them and escort them in small groups and each of them fills up their bags.”

Another member from Lions club of Tokai, Andy Norminton added: “We do this (the wristband) to identify our children. One of the first ones (Bag-a-Burger event) we did, which was in Capricorn; we set off with 96 children and we came back with 129.”

More than 60 children took part in the clean-up, which began at Every Nation Church South in Retreat and they were enthused to get out and clean their neighbourhood again. Keegan Rudolph (9) took to the streets with vigour, saying that he planned to get the biggest bag and helped the other children to fill theirs once he was done with his. Other residents joined the cleaning efforts, to improve the state of the community.

At the end of the clean-up, more than 50 bags of litter were placed at a collection point outside the church and collected swiftly by waste services. The children then washed their hands and picked up their burgers; juice; fruit, which were donated by Lions member Marissa Louw and the Hearshaw and Kinnes Analytical Laboratory; as well as chips and suckers which were donated by residents.

A fundamental part in the success of the event was the work done by Maurita Maggott, a community member who reached out to community leaders in the area to ensure that the day would be safe for the children to walk the streets; without fear of gang-violence and gunfire.

“Each community we go to, we connect with community leaders to help source the children,” she explained. “Here we’re relying on assistance from the church and two of our members live in the area,” said Blake.

The next Bag-a-Burger event will be held in Mitchell’s Plain, on a date to be confirmed by the Mitchell’s Plain Lions.

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