Over 250,000 mobiles donated to charity
Published 30/08/2010 | 05:00
PUPILS in 1,400 schools are ringing real changes in the lives of sick children and their families by turning in old mobile phones.
Over 250,000 phones have been collected in schools in the past year for the Jack & Jill Children's Foundation, which provides support for sick children and their families.
The schools benefit too -- for every 500 phones collected, the schools receive an interactive whiteboard or other equipment for the classroom from the Jack & Jill foundation.
The mobile phones are recycled in developing countries and the money raised goes towards buying nursing care for sick children. Every 250 phones buy home nursing care for a sick child for a month.
As the new school term begins, the foundation is looking for a schools' co-ordinator to expand this campaign and encourage more schools to join.
The Jack & Jill Children's Foundation was set up in 1997 by Jonathan Irwin and his wife Mary Ann O'Brien. Katherine Donnelly