NOT many of us would have seen more than 11kg of ring pulls from used cans in the one spot, but Romaine Park Primary School has achieved just that.
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The school has been collecting ring pulls from cans throughout term two, and a recent weigh-in found it has collected over 11kg, or around 44,000 ring pulls.

The concept of collecting the ring pulls came from Grade 6 leader Hamish French, who had been told of a charity that collects them to be made into parts for artificial limbs.

“The ring pulls contain a bit of titanium, which can be melted down and used to make parts for artificial limbs,” Hamish said.

Hamish brought up the possibility of collecting the ring pulls at his leader’s speech earlier in the year and the school council had a vote and decided to give it a crack in term two.

“I heard the idea from my nan who had come back from a holiday with a jar full of ring pulls and I asked her what they were about.

“A lot of charities on the mainland accept them as a donation because they can go a long way.”

So far the school has struggled to find a Tasmanian charity to take on the ring pulls and will possibly have to melt them down and make a cash donation.

The success of the collection already has the student leaders in talks to continue the collection next term and make it an ongoing fundraiser.

They said it was the most successful fundraiser they had done.

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Romaine Park Primary School pupils (clockwise from left) Maddy Jordan, Mataya Robson and Hamish French with the 44,000 drink can ring pulls the school’s pupils have collected for charity.

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