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December 2011 - KwaZulu Natal 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 KwaZulu Natal (KZN) province recently. The event, which was held at the Royal Hotel in downtown Durban, saw Collect-a-Can handing out a wealth of prizes to representatives from the winning schools in this region.

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 99 schools from KZN entered the National Schools Competition and collected 2,103,477 cans province wide. “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 in KZN walked away with a number of prizes in the National Schools Competition. Peter Nasorg Sentrum scooped up R20 000 as the third place winner nationally and also received R18 000 for collecting the most cans per month in their region from February to October thus accruing winnings of R38 000.

Mthethomusha Senior Primary School was the KZN winner in the Guinness World RecordsTM Competition receiving R4 000 for their efforts together with a book prize sponsored by Pan Macmillan. They also won the monthly first prize of R2000 for collecting the most cans in March, July, August and October totalling another R8 000.

Other winning schools, who won R2000 each for collecting the most cans per month, were Kings School (May), Inzunzwenhle Primary School (June) and Maqongqo Primary School (September) while Kloof Senior Primary School won R4000 for collecting the most cans in February and April). Creston College received R5 000 for their creative CAN Craze structure.       

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 Durban branch on 031 700 5935 or visit www.collectacan.co.za. Collect-a-Can is also on Facebook and Twitter.

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