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December 2011 - Gauteng, North West and Limpopo schools win cash prizes for their outstanding can collection efforts

Collect-a-Can paid homage to schools that made a significant contribution to the collection of cans during 2011 at their Annual Schools Awards function for the Gauteng, North West and Limpopo provinces recently. The event, which was held along the leafy banks of the Hennops River, saw Collect-a-Can handing out a wealth of prizes to representatives from the winning schools in these three regions.

Zimasa Velaphi, Public Relations and Marketing Manager of Collect-a-Can indicated, “After eighteen years of exciting competitions and cash prize give-aways, Collect-a-Can’s schools competition is still going strong. Thanks to the generous sponsorship from our sponsors ArcelorMittal South Africa, Nampak, Coca-Cola, ABI and SA Breweries we were able to offer participating schools in the National Schools Competition this year a share of R747, 500 in prize money!” Velaphi continued, “Our National Schools Competition provides schools with a wonderful opportunity to raise funds for themselves whilst also spreading environmental awareness. Apart from the prizes, schools are paid in cash for the cans collected so they win in two ways.”

This year 333 schools entered the National Schools Competition, 100 more than last year. “We are very pleased with the increased number of schools entering the competition, however it is still just a drop in the ocean when compared to the number of schools there are in South Africa,” Velaphi said. “We would like to get as many schools as possible to participate in the competition and encourage parents, learners and community members to make their schools aware of this opportunity so that they can sign up and start collecting too.”

Schools from the Gauteng, North West and Limpopo regions can be very proud of their achievements this year. Schools from these regions took all four National prizes in Category One (for the most used cans collected per school) and two out of the four prizes in Category Two (for the most cans collected per learner).

The winning school in Collect-a-Can’s National Schools Competition, Category One was Riba Primary School from Limpopo Province who won R50 000 for collecting 948 896 cans for the duration of the competition. They also won the monthly first prize of R2000 in March, April, May, June, July, August, Sept and October totalling an additional R16 000. Second prize in this category went to Sizamile Primary School who won R35 000, third prize to Dirk Postma Kleuterskool who won R20 000 and fourth prize went to Sekwati Primary    who walked away with R10 000.

The winning school in Category Two was Laerskool Dirk Postma from Pretoria who received R50 000 for collecting 21039 cans per child over the duration of the competition as well as monthly first prize of R2 000 in April, May, June, July, August, Sept and October totalling an additional R14 000. Combined with their win in Category One this school raised an astonishing R84 000 for their efforts. Fourth prize in this category went to Qhoweng Primary School who won R10 000 as well as     the monthly first prize of R2 000 in March, May, June, August and October totalling an additional R10 000.               

Schools across the country are encouraged to enter Collect-a-Can’s competitions that are run throughout the year giving schools an opportunity to win great prizes and earn money from the cans they recover as Collect-a-Can pays cash for all cans collected.

For more information on Collect-a-Can and getting involved in their Schools competitions for 2012, contact the Collect-a-Can head office on 011 466 2939 or visit Collect-a-Can is also on Facebook and Twitter.

Caroline Shudung, a teacher from Riba Primary School, receives the prize money and trophies on behalf of her school from Collect-a-Can PR and Marketing Manager Zimasa Velaphi. Riba Primary School won R66 000 for their can collection efforts.

Collect-a-Can PR and Marketing Manager Zimasa Velaphi presents teacher Christine Bakker with the prize money and trophies for her school. This school won an astonishing R84 000 for their participation in Collect-a-Can’s schools competitions.

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