Archive for Community Projects

Treasure in unlikely places

Yesterday, I visited a local dump site with my partner Michelle and community coordinator, Winston.

We will be launching a community clean up project in the area surrounding the site on 15th November 2011.

We spoke to the locals living and working on the site, not only we they amused that I wanted the plastic bottles, roofing and grain bags, they were impressed with the idea that I would teach them how to create products out of the rubbish.

I’m so excited to start working in this community.

Created with help of my dustbin, Hayleigh

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We need your old jeans

Urgently Needed – 600 pairs old jeans, too big, too small, torn, broken, any condition.

For community sewing project, East London, donations only pls!!!

Inbox me or email recycledinc@gmail.com

Created with help of my dustbin, Hayleigh

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Global Economic Summit – Can we help ourselves

The recent recession hit many of us in South Africa hard.  High numbers of jobs were lost as countless companies closed their doors.  My husband’s family business was hard hit aswell, with blessing, they have remained open, however our budget has become exceptional tight.

A radio discussion this morning got me thinking, I don’t like many ideas our government has on health, housing, social development and environmental issues – I won’t even start on economic issues.  I also feel we talk more than we do.  My activities in the local community help me to give back and do my bit for our society, however I’m left with, “what can I do to take hold of my family’s future in these dull times?”

I feel very strongly that we should all have a skill, hobby or pastime that we enjoy doing.  Why not use that skill or hobby to create a safety net for you to fall financially?  We don’t have to be the next Martha Stewart, but we can make small nest eggs for ourselves.  My thinking is that not only will it be an excuse for you to enjoy something that you love doing, but you can then become a little bit more independent from the government.  This way we become more in control of our future and less reliant on government to create jobs for us. 

So if you don’t like what you hear coming from the Global Economic Summit, don’t feel despondent, you can do something about it!  We can also use this as part of our children’s lives to teach them about hard work and how there is no substitute for it.

Good luck on your independent missions and let me know how it goes…

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Beading Craft

I’ll be hosting a beading craft session for kiddies on Thursday, 16th December 2010 at the King”s Mall in Gonubie!

Bring your kiddies, relax and have some tea while your children are occupied and been stimulated in a safe environment.  Entrance is R20.00 for kiddies with juice and a snack.  To book call Christie on 082 378 3213.

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Chekc Us Out!

We are busy, busy this time of the year! unfortunately, we are having hassles with uploading photos of our products 😦 Never fear, check us out at the local flea markets and festivals in East London.

Come get all your Christmas gifts from us!

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Thank you – M.A.D

Been a mom is hard, the normal everyday items should not be something added to the shoulders of the mom’s who child is in the hospital I work at.

So when Kim, Recycled Inc manager and hospital dietician, told me about the little cancer patients who were without yoghurt, custard and jelly, I could not sit back, work and then go home to feed my kiddies whatever they felt like.

I contacted a dear friend who runs M.A.D (Make A Difference).  Christie was only happy to help out.  With the donations of yoghurt, custard and jelly we received from M.A.D, we have been able to supply the cancer pediatric, adult and a few other wards with simple supplies for the last three weeks.

Here are a few pictures of the faces that had smiles on after they received their yoghurt. There where a number of patients who we did not photograph due to chemo, facial deformities or other sensitive exposures.  On behalf of those patients, we say a HUGE thank you to Christie and all who donated to the drive.  Every bit helps brighten the days of these patients.    

I printed a selection of photographs and gave them to the patients, I wish you could have seen the smiles we got, missing teeth and all!

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We’ve been busy

I could definitely sleep for days – we’ve been hard to work making flags from the 32 participating 2010 world cup nations.  These flags have been made from “junk” fabric, bits and pieces, ribbon and other ends we could find. 

The flags will be sent to CANSA in George for them to use during their campaigns in the coming year.  Although it has been eye straining work, the flags have taken shape nicely and look spectacular.

We are needing donations of embroidery or iron-on-tranfers of roughly 8 coat of arms.  These coat of arms are very intricate and try as I did to find a solution, I could not get the designs to look like they should. 

Anyone who is able to help, please email us asap – happy recycling!
Hayleigh

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Christmas Shoe Box Project

Hello all – with Christmas around the coner, we are planning to host 4 Christmas parties for organisations in our town.  The idea is to give each kiddie a small gift in a shoe box to be wrapped by us. 

We are expecting roughly 90 kiddies in total and we want to give each a small, thoughtful gift.  Below is the list of kiddies we are needing gifts for, if you would like to sponsor a gift/s, please email us and we’ll make the necessary arrangements to collect the gift once you are ready.

We would like to have all gifts registered and collected by Wednesday, 6th December 2010.  Should you wish to donate money instead of a gift, you are welcome to do so.

All who donate will receive photos of “thier” kiddie at the party as well as a drawing or artwork done by them, to bring a smile to your heart.

Name Age Boy Girl
Ayinda 19 years boy  
Siyamtanda 17 years boy  
Spokhazi 10 years   girl
Rosie 9 years   girl
Jeremiah 6 months boy  
Lunga 11 years boys  
Anna-Grace 17 months   girl
Sibusiso 4 years boy  
Yonelani 5 years   girl
Leeabona 4 years boy  
Sihle ?   girl
Azasakhe 18months boy  
Siybabongo 12 years boy  
Unathi 14 years boy  
Esther 4 months   girl
Bayinda 17 years boy  
Siphelele 12 years boy  
Simphiwe 16 years boy  
Davide 15 years boy  
Asanda 3 years   girl
Bolelo 13 years boy  
Juvadiar 13 years   girl
Gabriel 2months boy  
Vuyokazi 9 years   girl
Smandla 13 years   girl
Jenita 15 years   girl
Sukiswa 18 years   girl
Spathili 7 years boy  
Zemelo 4 years   girl
Zinzi Ruth 1 year   girl
Daniel 5 years boy  
Ncumisa 5 years   girl
Unanmandla 7 years boy  
David 1 year boy  
Ziyanda 16 years   Girl
Lihl 2 years   girl
Caleb 22 months boy  
Nathan 15 years boy  
Oyinthando 10months boy  
Phamandla 10 years boy  
Simnikiwe 7 years   girl
Sakhikhay 11 years boys  
Somikazi ?   girl
Patricia 18 years   girl
Athenkosi 7 years boy  
Karen-Leigh ?   girl
Lukhona 5 years boy  
Siyamthanda 3 years   girl
Lusanda 8 years   girl
Molly approx 3yrs   girl
Timothy 1 week  boy  
Siyabonga 3 years boy  
Mfenana 3 years   girl
Sibabalo 4 years   girl
Asenathi 7 years   girl
Athi 13 years boy  

 

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Big Spring Clean Campange

Spring is Here! – well in SA that is.  To kick off the fresh blooms and spring rains, we are launching our Big Spring Clean Campagne.  We are encouraging everyone to spring clean their homes and send us your junk!

Remember, everything and anything that you don’t want anymore – we need it.  You can drop off your junk at the following venues –

  • Our office – 6 Cunningham Avenue, Cambridge, East London
  • House of Occasions – Chamberlin Road, Berea, East London
  • Border Armature Winders – 1 Bowls Road, Arcadia, East London

Or you can call Hayleigh – 083 263 0419 or Kim – 082 717 9526 and we’ll collect!

So get spring cleaning fever and toss your junk our way 🙂  And remember use biodegradable cleaners to help to your bit for the environment.

 

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Our First Visit to Lukhanyiso School

We visited – our first visit to Lukhanysio School in Amalinda Forest, East London was an eye opener.  This is the school where we will be piloting our school veggie garden project.

We found a school in need of so much, yet the children smiled and played as if they didn’t have a care in the world.  We will put the final touches on the plan this week to hopeful break ground the second week in August.

After seeing the school, we not only want to help establish a veggie garden, we want to help to get the school into a better learning and teaching environment.

Items that were noted that needed attention:

  • broken windows
  • broken tables and chairs
  • serious lack of tables and chairs
  • shelving for library
  • security gates and bars of all classrooms
  • container needed for a computer lab for teachers and students
  • proper kitchen facilities
  • proper school hall / dining hall
  • proper grass and playground equipment
  • desks for teachers
  • proper staff room
  • high volume photocopiers and printer
  • fax machine
  • computers for teachers adminstration
  • water tanks to provide drinking water
  • signage for the school
  • paint for the buildings
  • educational materials for teachers and classrooms
  • plastic plates for lunches
  • metal spoons for lunches
  • plastic cups with handles for soups and drinking

We would also want to provide each child at the school with a hygiene bag consisting of:

  • 1 x face cloth
  • 1 x toothbrush
  • 1 x toothpaste
  • 1 x soap
  • 1 x draw string material bag with child’s name on

We want cleaning and hygiene to become a habit for these children to help prevent disease and spreading of colds and flu. 

If anyone would like to help us with donations of equipment or you want to get down and dirty with us – your are most welcome!

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