Public urged to support schools' old mobile phones collection

Staff and pupils in schools in Carrick-on-Suir and surrounding areas are collecting unwanted mobiles phones that they will exchange for life saving defibrillators.

Staff and pupils in schools in Carrick-on-Suir and surrounding areas are collecting unwanted mobiles phones that they will exchange for life saving defibrillators.

Once each school has collected 250 mobile phones, the Fones4Life programme will provide them with a defibrillator and a donation of €100 will go to the Cormac Trust, the charity set up following the tragic death of Tyrone footballer Cormac McAnallen to raise awareness of sudden cardiac death, promote cardiac screening for young people and provide defribillators to sports clubs.

The schools involved in the campaign are asking the public to make a special effort to support them by collecting as many unwanted mobiles as possible from home, relations, friends and work for this very important cause.

The deadline for donating mobiles to the schools is Monday, February 14.

You can drop the phones into the Fones4Life collection boxes at Super Valu, the Credit Union, Abbey Stores and other local collection points as arranged by individual schools.

You can also send them to the following schools involved in the scheme: Crehana NS, Clonea NS, Rathgormack NS, Newtown Upper NS, Presentation Primary School, Scoil Mhuire Greenhill and CBS Secondary School.

Any surplus mobile phones collected by the schools will be re-distributed to schools that fall short of the 250 mobile phones target, to ensure that each are equipped with a defibrillator.

As many schools as possible are encouraged to get involved in securing lifesaving defibrillators from the Fones4Life programme.

The scheme is run by defribillator manufacturer Heartsafety Solutions and Kavanagh Environmental.

For further information on the scheme log onto the Fones4Life website www.fones4life.ie, contact Brigid-Ann Whelan on (086) 6094 278 or Breda Fitzgerald on (051) 641551.

More information on the Cormac Trust can be obtained from www.thecormactrust.com.