Recyclespay: A Light At The End Of The Tunnel
The now popular RecyclesPay project was officially introduced to A-Z All phase Academy which is the second school to adopt the recycles pay initiative.
The school which is located on Mutairu Street, ilaje-Ijaiye, Surulere Local Government area was brought to life by the visiting team from African cleanup initiative (ACI) who partnered with International Breweries PLC and a group from Harvesters International Church, Gbagada, Lagos, Nigeria.
Speaking during her welcome address, Miss Blessing Martins, The Communications Manager for African Cleanup Initiative’ appreciated the school for adopting the RecyclesPay program, then went on to sensitize parents and those present on the benefits of the Recyclespay project, she further reiterated the fact that the recycles pay project had direct Impact on about 9 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, in her own words “The Recyclespay project is primarily aimed at taking 10,000 (Ten thousand) children off the streets and into schools by 2030, Also help ensure those already in school are able to afford their fees”.
The team from International Breweries led by their Cooperate Affairs director Mr. Itunba Michael Daramola and Head of Sustainability, Mrs Temitope Oguntokun alongside members of staff or “Better World Champions” as they called themselves were all pumped up and excited as their Cooperate Affairs Director, Mr. Itunba Michael educated parents on how to live sustainably by ensuring they make full use of the proper channels for disposing their household waste and recycling every recyclables they could in order to ensure they made their own little contribution to the sustainability agenda, thereby, ensuring their children’s future was not jeopardized. He opened the floor philanthropically by pledging to pay the school fees of twenty (20) students in the school and also encouraged his colleagues to follow suit just to give hope to future generations, in his own words he said “Our main Aim here today is talk to the children, Catch them Young”.
On her own part the Head of Sustainability, Mrs. Temitope Oguntokun spoke on the corporate social responsibility projects carried out by International Breweries part of which is developing the girl child, supporting community projects and empowering entrepreneurs with their Kickstart Initiative. She further went on to speak on what International Breweries was and some of their products such as Budweiser, Trophy and Beta Malt non-alcoholic drink. She reiterated International Breweries commitment to community development and ended by moving into various classes with much enthusiasm to educate the students on pollution, what it was, it’s effects, causes and steps they could take to ensure all forms of pollution were reduced to their barest minimum.
They also talked to the students on recycling by teaching them the three R’s (Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle) and further encouraged the students to adopt not just the mantra but also inculcate the values of recycling into their everyday activity.
The exercise which lasted for four hours was again taken to new highs as the team from Harvesters International Church, Lagos, Gbagada donated over 22kg of PET bottles to the school for the part payment of school fees for two pupils and the sum of N5,000.00 ( Five Thousand Naira Only). They also showed their philanthropic spirit by pledging to sponsor two students of a widowed mother who was a teacher and also had four kids in the school with PET Bottles, miss Ayomide David in basic one and her sister miss promise David in basic five were full of smiles as they received the cheering news, two members of the team from Harvesters international church decided to use their company “Donik Sports” to sponsor the youngest of the siblings Miss Miracle David who was in kindergarten one through one entire year of schooling.
The events for the day came to a close when the team from Wecyclers came to collect and take records of the recyclables brought by both parents and donors.
It was indeed a day that started out with a discuss on recycling, education and the environment but was brought to an end on a philanthropic note. The future as we know is defined by the actions we take today, take a stand, Act and ensure whatever you do is in the best interest of your environment.