More than 70 parents and children discovered that kite-making is a load of rubbish when they took part in a recent two-day A Rocha UK event.
They came from Ealing, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Brent and Harrow for the April family event ‘The great outdoors on your doorstep’ at Minet Country Park in West London. The idea was to reconnect with nature, and learn how to love local green space. That included making kites from household rubbish like old plastic bags and waste newspaper.
‘Many people were surprised to know all they needed were two 12-inch wooden or bamboo BBQ skewers, a plastic bag, scissors, thread for the flying line and clear tape,’ said A Rocha UK Community Worker Kailean Khongsai. ‘After making their own kites, people ran around the park helping one another to fly their creations, too,’ he said of the community aspect of the programme. ‘People thoroughly enjoyed the event.’
The same activity was held on each of the two days. Kailean was assisted by two other A Rocha UK workers and two local volunteers.
‘I was looking for a shop where I could buy a kite for my kids,’ said one parent Rifath, ‘but thanks a lot for teaching us how to make it. Now I can productively engage my children in making kites and playing outdoors.’
Said Dharr, another participant, ‘This event isn’t just about flying a kite but also a good education where people can learn how to reuse and recycle their waste. The more we have this kind of activity, the more people will learn to use and love the park’. (Pictured – making kites at the A Rocha UK community event)