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Another powerful day of learning

by Katherine Fillmore

Hennops Blue Horizon Director Katherine Fillmore with Isekelo Deputy Martin Mukokie.

Hennops Blue Horizon visited Isekelo Primary on March 6th, 2020 to educate over 1000 learners on the importance of rivers and not polluting the environment. Sponsored by Outsurance they received a mind blowing experience by ‘snake man‘ Bryan Vorster. A roar erupted when they were presented with a live bullfrog for the first time in their lives. Bryan’s talk is phenomenal in eradicating the myths surrounding nature’s creatures and showing them the valuable role they play in the eco-system.

Snake man Bryan Vorster showing children the beauty of nature’s creatures.

Department of Environmental Affair’s Good Green Deeds campaign joined our team with a dancing visit by mascot Billy the Bin. One super brave leaner volunteered to touch the snake. The children were absolutely fascinated. Thank you to Mr Tirani from AREHLWEKISENG - Let’s Clean for organising the school visit.

Another powerful day of learning
Volunteer Anja Schutte from Let’s Clean Tshwane with Billy the Bin

After the school visit we dropped off hundreds of books donated by Southdowns College’s library at Life 4 U Foundation. Our relationship with Life 4 U Foundation was the catalyst for the AREHLWEKISENG - Let’s Clean Campaign. We would teach Ubuntu Yoga there on a Friday afternoon to hundreds of children on the dusty ground. Thanks to a corporate sponsorship the floor has been paved and the area transformed into a library. Thank you to volunteer Tanja Lourens for kindly collecting the books from Southdowns and dropping them off in Tembisa.

Another powerful day of learning
Chairperson Mpho Mafikeng of Life 4 U Foundation with Hennops Blue Director Katherine Fillmore

We then met Ward Committee Leader for Environment Sarah Mashigo in Sethokga Park. Her team of volunteers are doing an incredible job cleaning up surrounding parks. We introduced Sarah to young volunteer Anja Schutte, who joined us to learn and grow and expand her work she is focusing on called Let’s Clean Tshwane in the Menlyn and Garsfontein area of Pretoria. Well done Anja we wish you the best of luck.  Thanks to food supplied by Outsurance we were able to gift the volunteers cleaning up the park with food and water.

Another powerful day of learning
Ward Committee Leader for Environment Sarah Mashigo and Hennops Blue volunteer Lynn Hinde

We then visited Freedom Street and supplied food for Destination Green Recycling staff. The words ‘sister’ flowed from their mouths as they worked next to a clean clear Sedibeng Stream. Thank God for great miracles - when we started cleaning the stream a year ago it was grossly polluted.

Another powerful day of learning
AREHLWEKISENG clean up team in Tembisa

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