Managing the Tops & Tags Initiative
Together with the help of our volunteers significant amounts of bread tags and plastic bottle tops are collected and then recycled by local recycling companies. Depending on the recycling company the sweethearts are either provided with standard adult wheelchairs or funds which are put towards obtaining specialised wheelchairs.
♥ 450 kg Tops = 1 standard adult wheelchair
♥ 50 kg Tags = 1 standard adult wheelchair
Facilitating Wheelchair Handovers
The sweethearts assist in facilitating the handovers of wheelchairs to people in the community. These events are humbling and life-enriching experiences and provide an opportunity for volunteers and wheelchair beneficiaries to interact with each other.
Wheelchair handovers are special events which include: arranging transportation for the wheelchair beneficiary, finding a suitable venue, inviting benefactors and sweethearts volunteers.
The sweethearts Foundation strives to help arrange as many wheelchair handovers as possible, but desperately need volunteers willing to take on the co-ordination of these wonderful events.
Lobbying for Specialised Wheelchairs for Children
Children require specialised wheelchairs which can be extremely expensive depending on their needs. We endeavour to have every child be assessed by an occupational therapist who then prescribes the exact wheelchair specifications needed by the child.
The amount of bread tags received is not enough to cover the costs of these specialised wheelchairs. We rely on kind donations of money or wheelchairs so that we can help these little people be mobile.
This is one of our biggest challenges and we would appreciate all the help we can get!