Upcycling for wheelchairs

Georgetown Scout Group Adventurer Abbie Sansom gives South Alive administration and finance manager Claire McDonagh an artwork made from bread tags.

MAY 22 is Abbie Sansom’s birthday.

It is also the date stamp on the bread tag at the centre of an art work she recently donated to South Alive.

A venturer at the Georgetown Scout Group, Abbie (12) created the colourful creation by using bread tags as part of her Scouts Aotearoa Sustainable Choices Badge.

“I tried to find what you could do with bread tags… and came up with the idea of the art work.”

To personalise it, Abbie decided to use the centre bread tag with her birth date on it.

“It was a mission to find one. I phoned a friend and she had one,” Abbie said.

Abbie decided to donate the picture to South Alive.

South Alive administration and finance manager Claire McDonagh said the artwork would be hung in the community lounge in The Pod to remind people about the project and that South Alive was a collection location.

“We really appreciation Abbie’s inspiration and her ongoing support and commitment from the family.”

Part of her badge project also included introducing collection buckets in various schools and early learning centres, along with the other venturers.

With buckets donated by Kaye’s Kake Kitchen, the venturers placed collection buckets in St Patrick’s School, Invercargill; Fernworth Primary School/Te Kura o Whare Pa, and Glengarry and Lee St kindergartens.

Georgetown Scout Group kaiarahi (leader) Kathryn Sansom said the whole scout group, from the keas (5-8 years old) and cubs (8-11) to scouts (11-14) and venturers (14-18) had collected thousands of bread tags over the past four to five years to raise funds towards buying wheelchairs for people in Africa.

The bread tags were recycled into jewellery and household products in New Zealand with a portion of the proceeds going to the wheelchair project.

Once sorted into colours by members of the scout group, the tags were then freighted to Ashburton, and on to Christchurch.

However, there was a pressing need for help with freight to the recycler, Mrs Sansom said.

She was also keen for other drop-off points to be set up, especially in schools and kindergartens. “We are happy to have them (bread tags).”

For more information, email info@southalive.org.nz