Call for old phones
The Starship Foundation is calling on people to donate their old cellphones so it can convert them to cash.
The Starship Mobile Phone Appeal is a practical and simple way for people to get involved to benefit children and the environment, spokeswoman Andrea Newland says.
During June participants can request a mobile phone collection pack to be delivered to their workplace.
‘‘Ask staff in advance to rummage through their drawers at home for old mobile phones they no longer need that can be donated to Starship. Rally the support of friends and family too,’’ Ms Newland says.
Once the phones are collected they can be picked up or mailed to Starship. The phones then get assessed, graded and data cleansed.
Working phones are shipped to Hong Kong where they are refurbished and on-sold into emerging markets and non-working phones are recycled in line with best environmental practice.
All profits go the Starship Foundation to support the Starship National Air Ambulance Service.