Updated: Oct 21
The Friends Of Weavers End Park (FOWEP) raised more than R11,000 towards upkeep at their first market in the park at the end of September, with another planned at the end of this month.
Despite the cold and windy weather, reports Chairperson Carole Preston, there was a fair turnout of vendors and customers. Proceeds go back into the park to help maintain and upgrade the park. Of the money collected from stall fees, a whopping R10,000 came from one generous resident.
"The kind resident goals align with some of our immediate needs, one of which is a safety mat to go around the merry go round. We as a committee, look forward to seeing you at our next monthly market," Carole said.
In addition to approving the fundraising market, Vuyiswa Maposa - City Superintendent of Recreation and Parks - entrusted FOWEP to carry out its first maintenance project. On Women's Day, parents gathered with power tools in hand to successfully fix the bridge under the monkey bars.
It was a great success not only to prevent the pinching of any more little fingers but to demonstrate that local community members are an asset, and FOWEP is excited to work with the City to maintain and improve the park.
"There's a FOWEP WhatsApp group for anyone who wants to become a member (it's free) or to send us your bright ideas. It would also be really helpful if you notice something that needs attention to let the group know so we can keep the City up to date with little jobs that the wonderful park community undertake." Contact Lisa Llabinjoh@gmail.com