On Friday 15 April, 2016, we held a small gathering to thank the group who helped at Open Streets Mitchells Plain on 3 April, and to host our first ever Volunteer Award Ceremony. Something simple that turned out to be so much fun! Awards included Power on Wheels (for Riedwaan who used his bike to do a bunch of jobs), Bike Bus Godfather (for David, who shepherded 50 people on bicycles from Claremont to Mitchells Plain) & Zero to Hero (for new volunteer, Anna, who took charge and handled multiple jobs). This was a small way of showing gratitude to a group of people who selflessly spent their Sunday helping us make Open Streets a success for the first time in Mitchells Plain and who, in different ways, help us keep this dream going strong.
On average, we have 30 volunteers at each Open Streets Day and their tasks vary widely; from welcoming people to helping us ensure the road closure is in place; the day simply couldn't happen without them. They get a t-shirt and a lunch bag, but really, we all know each individual commits to Open Streets because they truly believe streets can be more than they are, and in this way, we are planting seeds all over Cape Town's streets so that we can grow this movement.
Open Streets volunteers don't only help on the big days. In addition to a Board made up of super heroes (in their relevant fields), we also have a committed team of individuals who help us by designing our website, holding our information database, giving us legal advice and making sure our finances are in order.
Open Streets is only possible when everyone gets involved (in hard work and lots of fun), so please join the family!