DROP OFF: Jillian and Paula from the Grassroots Living Room want the public to drop off their bottle-caps.
DROP OFF: Jillian and Paula from the Grassroots Living Room want the public to drop off their bottle-caps. Aaron Goodwin

Bottle-cap cause hard to top

A HUMANITARIAN and environmental project to help amputees is starting to gain traction in the community.

Biloela's Lids4Kids project has been under way for roughly a month with public drop-off points for bottle-caps to assist Envision create 100 bespoke aids out of bottle caps, with 3D printers, which will then be donated to children in need.

Biloela's Lids4Kids co-ordinator Jayne Centurion is pleased to be a part of the project.

"It's great to have something like this where we can convert these bottle-tops and turn them into something useful like a child who needs a hand,” Ms Centurion said.

"I thought it was a wonderful initiative and I'm into doing everything that's environmentally friendly where we can.

"It's an environmental and humanitarian project.”

The bottle-caps are transported to Envision where it is able to break them down to use in a 3-D printer to create a perfect hand or arm for the child in need.

"Originally there was a goal of raising twomillion bottle-caps which creates roughly 100 prosthetic limbs for children,” Ms Centurion said.

"That's been blown out of the water. This isn't just for Australian children, it started for children from Third World countries who for whatever reason had their limbs amputated from war or sickness.”

Lids4Kids still calls on volunteers across Central Queensland to get in touch via its Facebook page, and Biloela residents can contact Jayne directly at lids4kidsbiloela@gmail.com or inquire at drop-off points.

The Biloela drop-off points for bottle-caps are the Grassroots Living Room, Australia Post and Biloela Recycling Transfer Centre.


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