Fourteen-year-old Kangaroo Island teenager Regan Clark has been collecting plastic bread clips to help the people of South Africa. Born and bred on the island, the young girl already has hundreds of bread tags in jars ready to be recycled and made into bowls. The profit of the bowl sales will then go towards purchasing wheelchairs for people in need in South Africa.
“Someone told me about the project and I thought, this is an easy thing to do,” says the Parndana girl. “There are a lot of bread clips and if I can donate in such an easy way, then why not.”
Regan herself has never been to South Africa but she just felt the need to help. Now she is hoping others might join her in this worthy cause.
“We need two hundred kilos of bread tags to have enough money to purchase just one wheelchair,” explains Regan who is anticipating the wider community will support her. Together with the help of her local sports club, two Parndana grocery stores and her extended family, she has collected 3825 grams of the bread tags already over the past two years and will continue to do so.
The 14-year-old, who lives on a farm in the heartland of the island, says you can also donate directly. “Just go and visit their website, https://ozbreadtagsforwheelchairs.org.au/ and either donate money or bread tags, it’s as easy as that.”
The bread clips can be sent directly to Oz Bread Tags for Wheelchairs or people can post them to Regan herself who also has encouraging support from her family.
“This is a fantastic way of teaching our children the importance of recycling and what can be achieved if we all worked together in this,” says Regan’s mother Penny. “And instead of them going into landfill, they become useful.”