As a club we have supported the Purple Community Fund for several years by collecting ring pulls from drink cans - an initiative by Past President Cate Whitewood.
PCF upcycles the ring pulls into various products which are handmade by their Purple artisans in the Philippines. PCF provides training and the opportunity of future employment; monies raised are used to better the lives of poverty-stricken families in the Phillipines and Tanzania.
Extract from an email received Jan 2020...
From: Purple Community Fund (PCF)
To: CATE WHITEWOOD
Sent: Wednesday, 8 January 2020, 11:26:15 GMT
Subject: Re: Ring Pulls
Thank you so much for dropping off ring pulls to PCF collected by Yeo Vale Rotary Club and
friends. Each ring pull provides employment for unemployed young people and fathers. They
separate the ring pulls into shapes and colours, smooth the rough edges with a hammer,
polish and sanitise them. The ring pulls are then given to mothers who crochet them into
beautiful handbags and jewellery which are sold to commercial customers and through our
online shop. Your ring pulls have changed their lives!
Please visit our new website and online shop p-c-f.org/shop to view the beautiful products
made with your ring pulls. 100% of the profit from each purchase goes back into our
To quote from the PCF website:
The Future is Purple
We passionately believe in providing sustainable opportunities so that our beneficiaries can help themselves and their families out of poverty through the acquisition of new skills, education, training and our holistic programmes. We strive to make a difference to those who are in the direst of circumstances.
Photo courtesy of the PCF website