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St Oliver Plunkett Primary School celebrates the Giant success of their phones4change appeal

Monday, October 24, 2011

The phones4change appeal is a major mobile phone recycling initiative being rolled out across Northern Ireland to help teachers equip their classrooms with state-of-the-art technology at no cost to the school. The proceeds from the recycling campaign will help the Comber Foundation to support vulnerable and disadvantaged people in Romania and Eastern Europe.

St Oliver Plunkett Primary School started the appeal at Easter 2011 and by the end of September the school had successfully collected 600 mobile phones. The school selected to receive an Interactive Whiteboard and a laptop from the phones4change appeal extensive product list.

Principal, Mr Headley, said,
'The appeal for mobile phones was a fun and simple way of providing our school with some much needed state-of-the-art resources for the classroom. The children particularly enjoyed getting a 'homework' pass for bringing in a phone for the collection.

"Furthermore the appeal provided us at St Oliver Plunkett's Primary School with an opportunity to support the work of the Comber Foundation, and also reinforce our work on protecting the environment. We would like to thank our parents and community for so wholeheartedly supporting the campaign. We are really looking forward to using our new interactive whiteboard and laptop."

The Belfast Giants, Northern Ireland's only professional ice hockey team, endorse the phones4change appeal and St Oliver Plunkett Primary School celebrated the success of their appeal by going to watch the Belfast Giants game versus Coventry Blaze on 22nd October.

Todd Kelman, Belfast Giants manager, commented on the school's appeal,

"We are delighted to have the pupils of St Oliver Plunkett Primary School here at the game with us tonight. The Giants congratulate the staff and pupils on their highly successful campaign. As a result of the appeal they have been able to get great new equipment for their school, and also help make a real difference to the lives of children and young people with disabilities in Romania."

Fiona Dowling, Executive Director of the Comber Foundation commented on the school's success,

"We at the Comber Foundation congratulate the parents, pupils and staff of St Oliver Plunkett's Primary School. The proceeds from the campaign will go directly to help the Comber Foundation to improve the lives of children and young people with disabilities in Romania and Eastern Europe. The Comber Foundation supports adults with intellectual and physical disabilities to leave institutional care and live in the community for the first time."

If you would like to get a range of educational equipment for your school, while making a difference to the lives of people with disabilities, then register for the Phones 4 Change Appeal and start collecting today.

For further information contact Phones 4 Change on 0845 301 1057, or schools can register online at