Children in the Wilderness received a generous donation of 10 bicycles from GDF Suez (some of their executives participated in the Tour de Tuli) and we decided to make children from the CITW Makuleke Eco Clubs the recipients of these bicycles (two bicycles per school).
We held an environmental/conservation competition at the five schools on 16/17 October 2012 to determine the winners. The competition objectives were to ‘think green’ and recycle old brochures while encouraging children to choose ONE of the following statements and come up with their ideas and create a collage: What I can do to conserve nature, or What I can do to help save our planet.
All competition entrants had to do their own collage. We supplied all five Makuleke Schools with paper, old magazines and old Wilderness Safaris brochures, glue and scissors.
On 22 October, the judging panel consisting of a Makuleke CPA representative (Eric Tivani), a Children in the Wilderness representative (Landi Burns) and a representative from GDF Suez (Annie van Greuning), made their decisions and we presented the winners with their bikes at each school.
Every entrant was given a GDF Suez shirt for their participation – so everyone was a winner.
The rainy weather did not dampen the excitement. We were swamped by enthusiastic and exuberant children from every grade at all the primary schools.
I believe the CITW Eco Club programme has gained much credibility from this competition and I look forward to more keen participation in future clubs and activities. We are sincerely grateful to GDF Suez for their generous bike, helmet and shirt sponsorship for the Eco Club members who participated in this competition! And to Annie van Greuning for taking the time to join us in all the activity.
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