Lo­cal food gar­den hero is one re­cip­i­ent

Talk of the Town - - Front Page - ME­GAN PRE­TO­RIUS

BATHURST’S Pig and Whis­tle pub has been giv­ing back to the community with their Pigs for Peo­ple Ini­tia­tive, the lat­est re­cip­i­ent be­ing Minet “Ras­tar” No­joko for his lo­cal, self-sus­tain­ing food gar­den ini­tia­tive.

No­joko is well-known to read­ers of TotT for the ex­po­sure given to his project over the past year.

He was also se­lected for the Daily Dis­patch’s Lo­cal He­roes awards, where he won R5000 and R3 000 in vouchers to­wards his project.

Through Pigs for Peo­ple, he re­ceived five wheel­bar­rows, 10 spades and 10 hosepipes, along with seeds and seedling trays which were do­nated to the ini­tia­tive by Jann Bader.

The Pigs for Peo­ple Ini­tia­tive was started twoand-a-half years ago by Lisa Came, daugh­ter of Pig and Whis­tle own­ers Gavin and Lu­cille Came.

Lisa started the ini­tia­tive to help im­prove Bathurst Pri­mary School, as well as to help un­der­priv­i­leged en­trepreneurs.

The ini­tia­tive is now run by Natalie Brighton, who works at the Pig and Whis­tle.

How it works is that for a do­na­tion of R250, a per­son will get their name en­graved on a wooden pig (no real pigs are given away as one might think). This pig plaque is then placed on a wall in the bar to com­mem­o­rate that per­son’s do­na­tion.

The pro­ceeds re­ceived from each do­na­tion of R250 then go to­wards help­ing community projects, such as sup­ply­ing lo­cal crafters with wool and other equip­ment to make items to sell.

In the last two years, the Pigs for Peo­ple Ini­tia­tive has been able to do­nate a jun­gle gym and Wendy house to the Bathurst Pri­mary School.

Last year, they held a fan­tas­tic Christ­mas party for the school.

It was also de­cided to ex­tend the ini­tia­tive’s help­ing hand by in­clud­ing a lo­cal dance group as a ben­e­fi­ciary, as well as help­ing out No­joko with his pas­sion­ate drive to help res­i­dents of Ne­mato cre­ate self-sus­tain­able gar­dens to pro­vide food for their fam­i­lies.

There are 50 house­holds in­volved in No­joko’s project and he is al­ways look­ing for more spon­sors to ex­pand the project.

Pigs for Peo­ple are con­tin­u­ously look­ing for ways to sup­port the community and hope to have many more peo­ple join­ing their ini­tia­tive.

WALL OF HON­OUR: Lining the walls of the Pig and Whis­tle bar is the ever-in­creas­ing num­ber of pig-shaped name­plates of peo­ple who have do­nated to the Pigs for Peo­ple Ini­tia­tive Pic­tures: ME­GAN PRE­TO­RIUS

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