The Sweetheart Foundation, through the Tops and Tags initiative, raises funds to purchase wheelchairs for the less fortunate in various communities. Staff at Silverstar Casino will be collecting as many bottle tops and bread tags as possible, which will be handed over to the foundation and used to purchase these wheelchairs. In total, 450kg of bottle tops or 50kg of tags are needed in exchange for a standard wheelchair. Initiatives like this help raise awareness around how ordinary citizens can play their part in protecting the environment, whilst doing good for others
The bottle tops and bread tags that have been collected are then taken to local recycling companies by the Sweetheart Foundation. Depending on the recycling company, the foundation is either provided with standard adult wheelchairs or funds which are put towards obtaining specialised wheelchairs, in exchange for the tops and tags.
The Sweetheart Foundation gives passionate South Africans an opportunity to participate in helping uplift the lives of those who are from disadvantaged communities. The foundation is inspired by the belief that a wheelchair is a basic human right, and yet many remain bed-ridden as they cannot afford one. Their mission is to enhance personal mobility for those who need it most and afford them the chance to be independent and valuable members of their communities.
The foundation relies on the support and donations from corporates, schools and volunteers to maximise their impact and reach, allowing the foundation to donate specialised wheelchairs for those in need. Since 2009, with the massive participation they have been receiving, they have been able to hand over an incredible 212 wheelchairs to date.
A short ceremony was held to kick off the Tops and Tags project with the staff at the Silverstar canteen on 12 June 2017, coinciding with National Environmental Awareness Month. Thabani Thwala, Human Resources Manager at Silverstar says, “We are excited to have launched this collection drive, where the staff will be collecting their bottle tops and bread tags to assist in raising funds for the Sweetheart Foundation and their cause.” He also adds that the project creates additional awareness around the issue of recycling and the fact that these items can be utilised constructively, instead of just landing on a public landfill site.
The staff project will have nine clear 70lt bins which will be labelled per department. The various Silverstar departments will then race to see who can collect the most bottle tops and bread tags by the end of each month. Each department’s container will be weighed and divided by the total number of staff within the team to get an average weight per staff member.
Since the inception of Tops and Tags eight years ago by the Sweetheart Foundation, over 23 tons of bottle tops and over 4 tons of bread tags have been recycled. The initiative has now launched at 141 collection points around the country.
“The project will inspire some healthy competition and teamwork amongst our staff, in the spirit of doing good for others and our environment. This recycling project is just one of the various environmental awareness CSI initiatives that we have undertaken to promote and practise good citizenship. It is also encouraging making recycling part of our daily lives, both at work and at home in an ongoing effort that will not end after the environmental awareness month,” adds Shane Collinson, Director of Operations and Complex General Manager at Silverstar Casino.
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