Some might say that here at Quirk, we have our heads firmly in the digital cloud, and they’d be right.
What few people realise, however, is that operating in such a technology rich environment, gives us more reason than ever to never lose sight of what’s happening around us
In this light, many QuirkStars have noticed and verbally protested the condition of the Holy Cross Primary School; an institution that is a mere footbridge away from our Cape Town office.
Holy Cross Primary School has 600 kids, 16 teachers, and about 6000 square-metres of grass in front of the school…but no playground. The biggest problem is that the grass area is unusable, and is littered with rubble, glass and rubbish. There remains little other space for the children to use, and as a result, they spend their lunch breaks playing in the road.
Now, I don’t know what that sentence means to you, but it gets us fired up! Think back to your school years, and imagine that at every lunch break you would have to file out into the street for a bit of R&R. Not an ideal thought, is it?
As it turns out, we weren’t the first to notice this situation, and there have been many attempts at cleaning the field. Unfortunately, that particular piece of land is tied up in political red tape, with the presence of land claim rights halting any attempts at improvement.
‘Well, bugger that’, said Quirk Cape Town, collectively, ‘we’ll do something about it, anyway.’
Project Playground - The Mission
Yesterday more than 100 QuirkStars made their way down to the field, armed with black bags, steel rakes and garden gloves. During the course of the day we managed to clear almost four tons of rubble.
Over the next few days, we’ll be mowing, clearing, fertilising and planting grass across the field, in an effort to restore it to a condition that is suitable for children. If all goes well, we may see some happy, smiling faces when school reopens in 2012.
UPDATE: See some of the progress on the project here