Sun’s call to raise cash for charity

A computer giant has made a call . . . for old mobile phones.

Sun Microsystems in Linlithgow is recycling the old cellular units and their accessories – selling them on to raise money for charity.

Staff at the West Lothian plant have already got behind the collection. Now the company is hoping members of the public will give their own, unwanted phones to boost the final fundraising numbers.

All money raised will go to CHAS, the organisation running Scotland’s only children’s hospice at Kinross, Perthshire. The charity is currently trying to raise £10 million to open a second hospice in the west of Scotland.

Andy Pender, Sun’s workplace resources manager in Linlithgow, is one of the team leading the phone recycling drive.

He said: “We’re working with a firm in Wiltshire which will pay anything between £5 to £20 for an old phone and accessories.

“Basically the firm will either sell the phone on to a new user, probably in the third world, or break down the component parts and recycle them.

“There must be lots of old mobiles out there, and we’re hoping to raise a substantial amount of money for CHAS through our recycling drive.”

Sun has already located a recycling bin – appropriately in the shape of a giant mobile – in the reception area of its Linlithgow plant. Mr Pender said that any type of phone – analogue or digital – would be welcome. But he asked for any accessories to be bagged with their original phones to assist the recyclers.

Anyone who wants to make a donation can visit Sun’s plant off Blackness Road in Linlithgow any time, Monday to Friday, during main office hours.

The collection is the latest in a line of initiatives by Sun in Scotland to encourage people to consider “green” issues. Last month the company held an environmental roadshow to promote recycling and energy efficiency to staff and contractors.

Agnes Malone, the chief executive of CHAS, said Sun’s phone recycling drive was “a marvellous idea”. She said: “We hope that people in West Lothian will support it. It’s green, it helps developing countries, and it supports our vital work. We’re all winners.

“At this time, when we are desperately trying to raise £10 million to build a new children’s hospice, fundraising initiatives of this sort are a lifeline to us.”

About CHAS
The Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS) is a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee. CHAS was founded in 1992 by a small group of parents and professionals who understood the needs of children with life limiting conditions and their families. Their aim was to provide hospice services in Scotland to children and their families in line with need and demand. At this time Scotland had no children’s hospice, forcing families to make long journeys across the border with their sick children to receive the support and practical help that only a children’s hospice can offer. In 1993 with the support of the Scottish Office, CHAS embarked on a programme of public, corporate and professional awareness raising to secure the funds to create Scotland’s first children’s hospice. Rachel House, Scotland’s first children’s hospice, opened in 1996. To find out more about CHAS, visit the charity’s website at www.chas.org.uk

About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision – The Network is The Computer™ – has propelled Sun Microsystems (Nasdaq: SUNW) to its position as a leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that power the Internet and allow companies worldwide to “.com” their businesses. With $13 billion in annual revenues, Sun can be found in more than 170 countries.

Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun logo, Solaris, Sun Enterprise, and `The Network Is The Computer’ are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and in other countries.

Issued by THEPRSTORE on behalf of Sun Microsystems Scotland BV
For more information contact Adrian Mahoney
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Iona McCullagh, Communications and Public Affairs Manager
Sun Microsystems Scotland BV
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e-mail: iona.mccullagh@uk.sun.com

For more information on CHAS, please contact Moi Ali
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Tel: 01501 763232
Mobile: 07769 651616

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