Local School Recycling for Charity

10/05/2006

 

On the 10th May 2006, Lady Margaret Primary School and the Rotary Club of Hanwell & Northfield launched three recycling initiatives.

These recycling oinitiatives will directly benefit 3 national charities. The charities being supported are:

Vision Aid Overseas (VAO)- This is a charity which is dedicated to helping people in the developing world whose lives are blighted by poor eye sight. Whilst the price of new spectacles is beyond the reach of all but the privileged few, second hand spectacles from countries like the UK can really make a difference.

VAO are based in Crawley. They take old spectacles which are typically collected by Rotary Clubs and Lions Clubs across the country, sort and grade them and dispatch them with a team of trained opticians to developing countries. The opticians who give their time for free typically set up camp for between one and two weeks, and dispense the spectacles. We have agreed to support this effort by organising the collection of second hand spectacles. The Rotary Club of Hanwell & Northfields will provide suitable collection points and posters to advertise the project, they will then arrange for them to be collected and delivered to VAO.

WaterAid is an international organisation whose aim is to provide safe domestic water, sanitation and hygiene education to the worlds poorest people. These most basic services are essential to life and without them adults and children are dying unnecessarily.

WaterAid work with local organisation to setup water pumps, wells etc, and one of the key elements of their success is that the projects can be managed, locally, by the community.

WaterAid generate significant revenue to fund their work by recycling old mobile phones and chargers. We have also agreed to support this initiative by organising the collection of second hand Mobile Phones and chargers. Again the Rotary Club of Hanwell & Northfields will be providing suitable collection points and posters to advertise the project, they will then arrange for the phones and chargers to be collected and delivered to WaterAid who will be able to exchange them for cash.

Guide Dogs for Blind People have been providing blind and partially-sighted people in the UK with the freedom and independence a guide dog gives for nearly 75 years.

One of the ways that Guide Dogs for Blind People raise funds is by collecting and selling old stamps. We intend to support this effort by organising the collection of postage stamps at the school, the Rotary Club of Hanwell & Northfields will be providing suitable collection points and posters to advertise the project, they will then arrange for them to be collected and delivered to Guide Dogs for Blind People who will exchange them for cash.

As well as collecting the different items for the 3 projects, the school will be organising a number of competitions to highlight the individual events, they are:

A competition to design a pair of novelty spectacles A competition to design a ring tone for a mobile phone A competition to design a school stamp

The Special Assembly which was held to launch the event was attended by the Mayor of Ealing, Councillor Michael Elliot and his wife Councillor Julie Elliot. The Mayor started the collection off by donating a number of spectacles that he and his wife had managed to collect over the last couple of weeks.

This first phase of the project will run from the 10th May until the 5th July 2006 when there will be a special school assembly to find out what has been collected and also to announce the winners of the various winners of the competitions. The project will then be re-launched in September with other schools hopefully taking part.

Head Teacher Mrs Hazel Mackay said Every year we try to support a number of charities through various fund raising events, it is great that this time we are able to support these good causes without having to ask parents to donate cash.