Charity 18

Blake Pittaway started his charity as a way to use his birthday for good, since starting in January 2019, he has donated 2669kgs of dog food to shelters.


Cape Town, South Africa – Blake Pittaway decided to dedicate his 18th birthday to the dogs at Fallen Angels Pet Rescue in Melkbosstrand. It has been many months since his birthday and he has continued his efforts.

Blake started collecting 5l plastic bottles and taking them to a local recycling centre. In exchange, he got money back and started buying bags of dog food for the rescue centre.

Blake gets R2.50 per kilogramme of plastic he drops off. To date, Blake has collected enough money to buy 2668kgs of dog food. It has been no small feat and his community has jumped on board to help him collect even more.

Every piece of plastic he gets his hands on has gone towards helping feed dogs in need. Blake has spared no effort. Now, as the 18-year-old heads towards his matric finals, he has had to take a step back from his charity and the hard work he puts in, to focus on his education.

Throughout his work, his local community has supported him and now with him taking a break until the end of November, he has been flooded with support and well-wishing for his upcoming examinations.

“I would like to thank everyone for being patient with Project18 as it is going through a quiet time.

Being in Matric (Grade 12) the next few months are vitally important as I write my preliminary and final examinations. This means I will be taking a step back until the end of November to focus on my studies.

Project18 will still however be operating. We will be open for orders on our online store as well as receiving donations.

Additionally, all funds are currently invested which will be used to help the Animal Shelters once I am back. Thank you for your understanding and continuous support.”

While his attention may be on his studies for the time being, Blake was excited to announce that his charity has been provisionally registered as a My School, My Village, My Planet.

Blake has asked his supporters, including you reading this, to sign up (or if you are already registered) to the loyalty card and list Project18 as your chosen beneficiary.

“Project18 is excited to announce that we have been Provisionally accepted into the My School My Village My Planet programme.

To become a part of the program we need 50 people to sign up to the programme. However, you can also add us as a beneficiary if you already have a card.

This is all completely FREE and won’t cost you a cent. You will be able to support Project18 when shopping at Woolworths, Engen, Waltons, Flight Centre and more!”

If you would like to support them this way, you can contact the charity via their Facebook page and they will happily send through a My School registration form.

We are in awe of the work Blake has done so and wish him well for his final exams. He has already expressed his desire to make Project18 the go to charity for recycling plastic to feed shelter animals. We cannot wait to see what the future brings.

Sources: Project18 
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