The smallest things can make the biggest difference
The world struggles with two pressing problems: poverty and pollution. Many people still live in harrowing poor conditions, unable to afford or access adequate healthcare among other necessities, while the general environment breaks down, oceans fill up with plastics and the natural wildlife in turn ceases. Both of these issues, we see in our own community. ‘Bread Tags for Wheelchairs’ is a simple yet highl impact project that was initiated to tackle both these issues. Initiated at Bridge House School by Christiaan Cloete with the support of Bridge House’s art teacher, Dave Fuller, in 2015, the project aims to collect and recycle the valuable plastic within bread tags with the hopes of raising enough funds to buy a wheel chair.
The wheelchair is then given to a member in the local community who would otherwise be unable to afford one. As such, the project helps combat the effects of poverty in an environmentally sustainable manner. After collecting trailer loads of bags filled with bread tags and bottle tops from the past 2 years, the school was finally able to acquire its first wheelchair. It was decided that the wheelchair would be given to Jason Jeftas, a thirteen-year-old boy living with a quadriplegia and cerebral palsy with his parents in Mooiwater, Franschhoek.
In March this year, Bastienne Babl and Christiaan Cloete, delivered the much deserved wheelchair to Jason. Both the school and the Jeftas family were overjoyed for Jason to receive his new ‘chariot fit for a king’. As a school we hope it serves him well and wish the very best for him and his family. We would like to thank all who participated in this project and look forward to continuing to work together onwards.
Bridge House School aims to continue the ‘Bread Tags for Wheelchairs’ drive, as well as take part in many newer projects in an effort to uplift, sustain, care and serve for the wellbeing of our planet and people.
Bastienne Babl and Christiaan Cloete