As we watch our favourite actors at the cinema or at home, many of us fantasise about being a superhero.
Some might even consider donning a pair of tights and taking to the world to help those in need.
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But what we often overlook is the fact that we don’t need the tights to make a difference in somebody’s life.
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A 60-year-old woman, Agnes Zikhaw, recently proved this when she donated a wheelchair to Little Eden Society.
Agnes, an Edenvale domestic worker, made the donation on August 2 after she collected 485kg of plastic bottle tops.
This was the third wheelchair Agnes donated to the society.
“To some people, the bottle tops may look like rubbish but I see them as a way to help others,” she said.
In 2015 Agnes and her employer, Noeleen Davel, collected 300kg of bottle tops and donated two wheelchairs.
“I enjoy helping those in need or those who can’t help themselves,” said Agnes.
“I look forward to bring happiness to other people.”
Agnes collected the bottle tops needed for the third wheelchair over the period of two years.
She said she wanted to continue the idea started by Noeleen and just started collecting again.
Agnes visited landfills and walked along rivers to find the bottle tops.
“It was difficult this time as I would look for the bottle tops after work or on the weekend.”
In addition to looking for the bottle tops herself, Agnes sought assistance from other community members, friends and recyclers.
“I asked recyclers to help me with the project but they wanted money in return,” said Agnes.
“I paid them R50 and they helped me collect the bottle tops.”