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June 2011 - Imaginations set to run wild with Collect-a-Can's CAN Craze

With prizes totalling R50 000 this year, Collect-a-Can’s CAN Craze competition is bound to have schools motivated and learners’ and teachers’ imaginations running wild to come up with the most creative concept for building a structure out of cans. Schools that build the most innovative structures stand a chance of getting their hands on a share of the cash prizes that are up for grabs. The 2011 CAN Craze Competition opened on 01 June 2011 to all schools nationally and will run until 30 September 2011.

The purpose of the CAN Craze competition is to stimulate children’s creativity whilst at the same time creating awareness around the recyclability of cans.  “Building the structure becomes a labour of love for the school,” says Annie Tsima, Managing Director of Collect-a-Can, “as they work to change what was previously litter into a beautiful and creative invention.” To participate, a school needs to collect a minimum of 300 used cans and build a structure out of them. This can be done individually or in teams. Pictures of the structure then need to be submitted to Collect-a-Can along with a completed entry form which can be obtained from Collect-a-Can (see contact details below). The three most creative structures, as chosen by a panel of Collect-a-Can judges, will each receive a share of the prize money; the winning structure will receive R25 000, the 2nd place winner will receive R15 000 and the 3rd place winner will receive R10 000. These prizes are handed out at the end of the year at Collect-a-Can’s annual regional award ceremonies.

An interesting new aspect to the CAN Craze Competition has been the involvement of corporate organisations who encourage a school to build a structure for them. Last year a school in KwaZulu Natal built a set of dolphins for the KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board and this year Saint Martin’s Special School in Port Shepstone has volunteered to build a structure for the Daily Sun. Such a collaboration can benefit both the school and the organisation. The organisation can gain recognition and exposure from having their brand represented through the artwork and in exchange they can support the school by donating used cans to the school. Schools are paid cash for all the cans that they collect for Collect-a-Can and this will apply even if the cans are not all used to build the structure.

Collect-a-Can would like to encourage schools to get building as soon as possible to avoid a last minute rush and they look forward seeing the inventive ideas that schools will come up with for their structures.

For more information visit or contact the Collect-a-Can head office on 011 466 2939. Collect-a-Can is also on Facebook and Twitter.


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