Recycling phones for resources
Nearly 300 schools across the country are participating in the Starship School Phone Swap – a new programme helping the hospital and schools get resources.
Starship Foundation, together with its mobile phone recycling partner Folamh, have invited schools to collect as many mobile phones as they can to fundraise for Starship’s Air Ambulance Service, which airlifts hundreds of children with life threatening medical conditions to Starship every year.
Based on the number of phones the school collects, they can cash them in for resources – such as interactive whiteboards, laptops, books, handycams, sports gear and cameras.
For 55 mobile phones, a school can get a digital camera, or an interactive whiteboard starting at 570 phones.
There is no limit to the number of schools that can participate and there is no end-date to the campaign – but schools are encouraged to get their students collecting phones all year round.
Schools can sign up for the programme at starship.org.nz/ schoolphoneswap.