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Bottle tops and bread tags get Jason a wheelchair

Jason Jefthas in his new wheelchair with his parents and Bridge House pupils Christiaan Cloete (who launched the bread tag collection) and Bastienne Babl at the presentation of the wheelchair.

Jason Jefthas, a quadriplegic with cerebral palsy, who lives in Mooiwater in Franschhoek, was the recipient of a wheelchair that was earned through the collection of bread tags and bottle tops by the Bridge House School community.

Last year, Bridge House took up the challenge of collecting bottle tops and bread tags to exchange for a wheelchair. The project was driven by Bridge House art teacher, Dave Fuller, and is facilitated by the Bread Tags for Wheelchairs organisation. The school provided a large container at its entrance and thousands of bread tags and plastic screw-type bottle tops were collected. These were bagged and delivered to Bread Tags for Wheelchairs who then gave the go ahead for the purchase of a wheelchair.

Jason’s dilapidated buggy was replaced with a customised wheelchair which will change his life significantly, allowing his parents to push him further afield than just in his immediate surroundings.

There are many more people in the community who need wheelchairs and Bridge House intends stepping up the collection pace. The collection of these plastic pollutants, which are recycled, is not only helping to save the planet but will also change the lives of people living with restricted mobility. Bridge House appeals to the community to help them with this project by dropping off t bread tags and plastic screw-type bottle caps at Bridge House.

Gill Malcolm