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Dookie Lions Club hoarding for a cause

By Morgan Dyer

Dookie Lions Club member Liz Feldtmann has joined the nationwide mission of stockpiling bottle tops to help children in need to fulfil their dreams.

Earlier this year, club president Peter McManus gave each member a certain project and appointed Ms Feldtmann as the Lids4Kids project manager.

The initiative, run by community not-for-profit organisation Envision, turns bottle caps into prosthetic limbs for children.

Ms Feldtmann said she was nervous about organising the project in the beginning but now has dozens of people in the Dookie area on board.

“It takes a little while to build the tops up, but I have my family, friends and even the school collecting the lids now,” she said.

Last month, Ms Feldtmann's green and blue stash was piling up and she was able to deposit her first box of lids in the collection bin located at Shepparton News.

Although Ms Feldtmann did not have a chance to count the number of tops donated, she said she would tally them up when she brings in her next pile of lids.

“It’s a great project to be involved in and it's nice to have people dropping around to your house handing their collection over and having a chat,” she said.

So far, Envision has collected one million lids but is aiming to at least double that figure.

Next to plastic bags, plastic bottle tops are one of the top polluters of the ocean and the environment.

With the continued help of individuals, community groups, schools and businesses across Australia, the tops will create mobility aids, disability aids and aged care gadgets for people and children in need.

For more information or to join the project visit envision.org.au