Oct 22, 2009


More than 18 000 unique hand-made articles were entered for the Pretty Things for Little Things project presented by Age-in-Action and sponsored by Shoprite Checkers. The project annually invites all Shoprite and Checkers customers, especially senior citizens, to use their creative talents to make something for a needy child. The unique, handmade items created by all contestants will be distributed as early Christmas presents and bring joy to thousands of disadvantaged South African children during the coming festive season. 

Entrants were instructed to make anything practical, durable and safe that a child can wear or play with. Articles could be made of any resources available and entered into four categories namely soft toys, blankets, clothing, and other articles made from materials such as wood, tin, wire and so on. The project is open to all ages, but senior citizens over 60 who enter their handiwork stood a chance of winning generous cash vouchers that can be used at Shoprite, Checkers or Checkers Hyper stores nationwide. 

Three provincial winners per category were selected in each province. The provincial winners received gift vouchers to the value of R2500, R2000 and R1500 for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in that order and also went through to the final judging round in which three national winners per category are chosen. Click here to see who the provincial winners are! (.pdf)

Pretty Things for Little Things 2009

National judging took place on 7 October 2009 and the following winners were announced for each category: 

Soft Toys 
1st: Mary McCarthy, Thabazimbi, Limpopo 
2nd: Marlene Lang, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape 
3rd: Maria Johanna Prinsloo, Brits, North West 

1st: Silla Strydom, Springs, Gauteng 
2nd: Marie Wessels, Betlehem, Free State 
3rd: Mathilda Louw, Bellville, Western Cape 

1st: Silvia Greyling, Springs, Gauteng 
2nd: Marlene Lang, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape 
3rd: Anna Minnaar, Nelspruit, Mpumalanga 

1st: Noeline van der Watt, Three Rivers, Gauteng 
2nd: Anne Steyn, Boshof, Free State 
3rd: Boet van Niekerk, Riversdal, Western Cape 

National winners received vouchers to the value of R6000, R4000 and R3000 for the top three positions respectively. 

A merit prize was awarded for the most entries received from an individual in each province, as well as a R1000 prize for the person who enters the most items nationally. This year two Western Cape entrants - Mrs Cynthia Veldtman from Brooklyne and Mrs Charlotte Nel from Velddrif - were rewarded with the national merit prize for the staggering amount of toys each entered individually. [Click here to see who entered the most items per province(.pdf)]

Winners will be treated to a special social event in conjunction with Age-in-Action and the names of the national winners will be featured in the December issue of Ideas magazine. 

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