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Bread tag bonanza


Catholic schools in the north eastern suburbs turned their focus to bread and its packaging as part of a fundraising initiative undertaken in 2021.

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Four schools in the region – Gleeson College, St Francis Xavier Catholic School, Saint David’s Parish School and Our Lady of Hope School – joined forces for ‘Aussie Bread Tags for Wheelchairs’, a charity which raises funds to buy wheelchairs for children in need in South Africa.

The nationwide program involves groups collecting plastic bread tags which are then sent to Robe-based company Transmutation to be recycled. The plastic is given a new life by being transformed into items such as coasters, bowls, cheese boards, clocks and pens. The products are sold with the funds raised used to purchase wheelchairs.

Tom Dawson, leader of Community Engagement at Gleeson College, said the fundraiser was a wonderful way to connect with local Catholic primary schools and the wider community.

“Simple initiatives such as this one help our students experience the act of service by helping others in need. This is a key aim of the Catholic Church and indeed our teachings at a Catholic school,” he said.

In total, the four schools collected more than 40kg of bread tags, with St Francis Xavier leading the charge with a whopping 20kg donated.

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Siva, Adam and Rebecca with some of the bread tags collected by Saint David’s Parish School.


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