Tribute to Colour Sorters
Our bread tags need to be sorted by colour before we send them to our recycler. As you can imagine, this task requires patience and precision. Fortunately, we have an amazing team of volunteers sorting for us. Let us introduce them to you …..
Jean was our first colour sorter, and at the age of 94, is still at it. She sorts in a sunny corner of her room in residential aged care.
“I like sorting bread tags because it gives me purpose in life.”
Joan is the second of our nonagenarian colour sorters. She has been ill for some months and so sadly is now unable to continue colour sorting.
“I like sorting bread tags because it has filled in my hours and I know I am doing something worthwhile for the environment.”
Tessa spends a lot of time each day sorting at home. She is meticulous!
“I like to sort bread tags because it helps people and I am really good at it.”
The Transition to Work class at Suneden Specialist School have a regular weekly bread tag sorting session. They are a good team so they get through a few.
“We like sorting bread tags because it is fun and relaxing.”
John and Ali have quite a sorting setup at home. They are great at separating the white tags which have sticky labels on them from the other whites.
“We like sorting bread tags, because it helps the environment, and people who are in need of wheelchairs, become more independent.”
Belinda sorts a lot of the tags we receive from southern Melbourne collectors.
“I love sorting the breadtags of a cold winters night while watching the TV. I figure to myself while sitting here doing nothing I could be helping the process. I also find it every therapeutic, there’s no time to think about things as you’re concentrating on colours.”
Students in the WAVE program at Wirreanda Secondary School sorted over 55kg of bread tags in 2022 and find it has many benefits.
“We like colour sorting bread tags because it is an activity which helps us communicate, it is relaxing and we feel good giving back to others!”
Maureen is our tireless “post lady”, emptying our PO Box regularly and unpacking all the post as well as sorting most of the tags that come in the post, quite a job!
“I like sorting bread tags and enjoy being part of the ever expanding bread tag community. It is very rewarding knowing that my small involvement is helping not only needy wheelchair recipients but also small business and the environment.”
The self-named “Old Codgers” are a group of men living in a retirement village who meet regularly at one of their homes to colour sort.
“We like sorting colour tags because it gives us a chance to have a light-hearted yarn and do something useful at the same time.”
Students at Dianella Secondary College sort a lot of the bread tags collected in WA. They are right into it!
“We love sorting tags into colours to help get wheelchairs for people who need them. We also love our certificate of appreciation which we hung up in our school office. We run out of tags to sort very often, we are very quick!”
Helen sorts bread tags at home and is also always a willing volunteer for any other jobs that we need getting done.
“I like sorting tags because I believe Bread Tags for Wheelchairs is a worthy cause and my effort to help someone in need, gives me a good feeling.”
Marijke sorts at home in her sunroom where the light is good. She sometimes invites friends to join her in sorting while they chat. Marijke also lets us use most of her shed as our ‘warehouse’, which is a huge help.
“I like sorting tags because it’s a relaxing task while listening to podcasts or audio books.”
Crista sorts tags at home, sometimes with the help of her Mum. She likes sorting while watching movies.
“I like sorting bread tags because it is a little thing with a big impact. You keep plastic out of the environment whilst also helping someone in need get a wheelchair that will change their life.”
Joan is another of our colour sorters who is in her nineties. She sorts at home in between jigsaw puzzles.
“I like colour sorting bread tags because I like to help out others when I can’t leave the house.”
The SCILS group at Relationships Australia are a recent addition to our colour sorting team.
“We like sorting bread tags because it’s calming, time consuming and a way to give back to the community.”
As you can see, quite a team! So many willing people making at all happen. Thanks to you all!