Mobile phone users with old handsets stashed away in a drawer are being urged to donate them to a cancer charity.
The old mobiles can simply be dropped off at East Manjimup Primary School to raise money for You Can — a scheme set up by the Sony Foundation and CanTeen to assist young Australians with cancer.
Teacher Sue McCredden said she hoped the community would get behind the scheme.
‘‘We urge everyone to help us raise money to combat young Australians dealing with cancer,’’ Ms McCredden said.
‘‘Just 1765 phone donations pays for a bed for a cancer patient, 1059 pays for an IV stand pump for a cancer centre and 3529 buys a month’s services from a cancer care coordinator.’’
The donated phones get refurbished and resold or recycled for parts, with he money raised going to the fight against youth cancer in Australia.
The scheme is being championed locally by East Manjimup Primary School’s student council and in return for their efforts the school receives educational tools.
As well as the school’s administration centre, a phone deposit box is stationed at Retravision in Manjimup for the community to make their contributions.
Student council member Bryce Bamess said he thought the program was a good idea because recycling reduces our carbon footprint.
Head student Giverny Seymour said she hoped many people joined in to raise as much money as possible to assist young people with cancer.