Southern Telegraph - - NEWS - Chloe Fraser

Pip­squeaks Playschool Bal­divis is en­cour­ag­ing children and their fam­i­lies to help the en­vi­ron­ment and peo­ple in need by col­lect­ing bread tags.

Join­ing the Bread Tags for Wheel­chairs project, the day­care cen­tre is col­lect­ing plas­tic bread tags, which will be re­cy­cled into seedling trays, with the pro­ceeds used to fund wheel­chairs for South African fam­i­lies af­fected by dis­abil­ity.

Pip­squeaks Playschool Bal­divis ex­ec­u­tive ser­vice man­ager Mel Gereke said the cen­tre had col­lected 598g worth of tags by the end of the first month.

“We need 600,000 bread tags, or 200 to 230kg worth, to earn enough for one wheel­chair,” she said.

“We’d love to raise enough for 2-3 wheel­chairs, so we hope to col­lect as many tags as pos­si­ble.”

She said the cause not only en­cour­aged children to re­cy­cle, but sup­ported their ac­tive in­volve­ment in their lo­cal and global com­mu­nity.

“Many peo­ple eat bread, so it’s some­thing sim­ple that every­one can par­tic­i­pate in,” she said.

“The children are so ex­cited when they bring their tags in and put them in the jars.”

She en­cour­aged res­i­dents and busi­nesses to join the project by drop­ping col­lected bread tags at Pip­squeaks.

Pic­ture: Chloe Fraser

Early child­hood teacher Jake Keirnon, Cameron McCay, 4, Kaylee Skeels, 3, Har­ris McCay, 3, Evie Larvin, 3, and ex­ec­u­tive ser­vice man­ager Mel Gereke.

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