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Local projects bolster beach huts initiative

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The Save the Beach Huts initiative set up shop at Pick n Pay Constantia on Saturday 13 February, to boost its fundraising efforts.PHOTO: Facebook
The Save the Beach Huts initiative set up shop at Pick n Pay Constantia on Saturday 13 February, to boost its fundraising efforts.PHOTO: Facebook

While you may have started seeing them towards the end of last year, Pick n Pay has officially launched their Save our Beach Huts shopping bags to support the initiative of the same name.

And they are not the only organisation that has come on board to support the project to revamp the historical huts on Muizenberg beach.

Last year, People’s Post reported on the initiative which was launched during the lockdown (“Huts to get makeover”, 15 September 2020).

Just a few months later, the masterminds behind the project ramped up their efforts, securing a specially commissioned painting to auction for the cause by renowned local artist Cliffy Brown (“Initiative ups the tempo”, 8 December 2020).

Now, Pick n Pay has launched a new and 100% recycled RPET bag to help raise funds for the cause. The bag depicts the images of the huts which are being saved.

This comes after the success of a similar initiative caught the eye of Angela Gorman, a local resident and the pioneer of the beach hut refurbishment.

The popular retailer sold a similar bag to raise funds for the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (Sanccob) last year.

“The Save our Beach Huts reusable shopping bags will help protect a landmark in Cape Town – favourably known and recognised by locals and tourists alike – but also do an important job of protecting the environment,” said Andre Nel, general manager of sustainability at Pick n Pay, in a statement.

Adding to these efforts is the local non-profit art organisation in Vrygrond, Butterfly Art Project. The NPO that facilitates healing through art told People’s Post that they jumped on board to save the huts too.

“What we’re doing is – because we recently got funding approved from the National Arts Council – so we basically started a new project called the Craft Circle Hub run by the community art facilitators (Cafs),” explains Zaid Philander, the Butterfly Art Project support manager.

These facilitators are trained to treat trauma in children through art.

“As part of the Craft Circle Hub, we have a space where our Cafs can take what they create in their classrooms and refine them, and then we assist them with taking their crafts to markets and connecting them with buyers,” says Philander.

With the beach huts as their theme, Cafs can work in these hubs on their hut-focused projects.

“We’ve done tea towels with embroidery, ceramic tiles with paintings of beach huts; and through these art pieces, the artists can express their memories of the huts and they can talk about what the beach huts mean to them,” Philander says.

Part of the proceeds from these sales will go directly towards the community and part will be donated to the beach huts initiative.

  • The Pick n Pay bags can be found at stores. For more information on supporting the Butterfly Art Project’s efforts, visit: info@butterflyartproject.org. Support the Save our Beach Huts project directly by contacting saveourbeachuts@gmail.com, 079 504 1933, or by donating here: https://www.backabuddy.co.za/champion/project/save-muizenberg-beach-huts.

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