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St Ninnidh's PS Derrylin celebrates the success of their phones4change appeal

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

School recycling success story

St Ninnidh's Primary School , Derrylin, joined the phones4change appeal last year to reinforce the school's teaching on protecting the environment, and since then the whole school community has been collecting old, unwanted and even broken mobile phones for recycling. The school has now collected over 400 unwanted mobile phones and in return for their collection they have received a brand new state-of-the-art interactive whiteboard.

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, with proceeds supporting the Comber Foundation, which works to improve the lives of disabled people in Romania and Eastern Europe.

St Ninnidh's Principal, Mr O'Reilly, commented on the success of the appeal: We at St Ninnidh's are delighted to have had such success in our phones4change appeal. It is amazing to think that these old, unwanted and even broken mobile phones can be used to make such a positive difference to the lives of disabled children and young people in Romania and Eastern Europe. It provided an essential recycling service, which we were able to highlight in our teaching on protecting the environment.

We would like to thank the whole school community for so wholeheartedly supporting the appeal, we are very proud of having collected over 400 unwanted phones. We are also delighted to have a brand new interactive whiteboard for our school. This new state-of-the-art interactive whiteboard will help our teachers to continue to give our pupils the very highest quality of education.
The proceeds from the phones4change appeal will help the Comber Foundation to support disabled and disadvantaged children and young people in Romania and Eastern Europe. The Comber Foundation works tirelessly to ensure that every child and young person with disabilities in Romania and Eastern Europe has full participation and inclusion in their community. 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 support St Ninnidh's Primary School's phones4change appeal then please contact the school on 028 677 48318.

If you would like to get new equipment for your school, while making a difference to the lives of disadvantaged and disabled people in Romania and Eastern Europe, then register to join the phones4change appeal by calling 0845 301 1057 or online at and start collecting today.


Notes to Editor
For further information please contact Emma Hassard, School's Co-ordinator for the phones4change appeal, on 0777 185 1198, or St Ninnidh's Primary School on 028 677 48318

1. St Ninnidh's Primary School is located on Main Street, Derrylin, BT92 9JZ. The Principal is Mr O'Reilly. The school phone number is 028 677 48318

2. Phones 4 Change Appeal was launched in Northern Ireland in 2011 and every school in Northern Ireland is invited to participate in the scheme

3. The Comber Foundation is an Irish charitable trust set up in 1990 to improve the quality of life of children living in orphanages in Romania. The Foundation believes large-scale institutional care is unacceptable, and remains committed to supporting the right of all individuals with disabilities to live in the community