These Werribee kids are putting the call out for Wyndham residents to donate their old mobile phones for a good cause.
The youngsters and their grade 6 classmates at St Andrew’s Catholic Primary School are collecting pre-loved mobile phones. Teagan, Jorja, Caitlin and Lianni said they were collecting phones to “help save gorillas”.
“At our school, we have already started to collect some mobile phones,” Jorja said. “We need as much support as possible, so we thought it could be a good idea to put this in the paper.”
The students said that because 90 per cent of parts used to make mobile phones were recyclable, they were collecting them as part of a Zoos Victoria project called They’re Calling on You.
Zoos Victoria has joined with Gorilla Doctors – an international veterinary team that provides medical care to ill and injured gorillas in Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo – to collect used mobiles.
Funds generated through the refurbishment and resale of the phones through the program’s recycling partner, PhoneCycle, are used to support the work of both Gorilla Doctors and Zoos Victoria conservation programs.
Phones can be donated during school hours at St Andrew’s Catholic Primary School, 110 Greaves Street, Werribee.
See zoo.org.au/get-involved/act-for-wildlife/theyre-calling-on-you for details.