Spread a little ‘Sunshine Power’ this Christmas
WEEE Ireland launches a battery recycling campaign to fund vital equipment for
Children’s Sunshine Home & LauraLynn House
Today WEEE Ireland and the Children’s Sunshine Home incorporating LauraLynn House launched their Christmas charity campaign with a difference, Spread a Little Sunshine, with the help of Lorraine Keane.
WEEE Ireland (the compliance scheme for battery and waste electrical and electronic recycling) have joined forces with the Children’s Sunshine Home incorporating LauraLynn House, Ireland’s first children’s hospice, to give people the opportunity not only to help a charity out this Christmas, but help the environment at the same time!
WEEE Ireland hopes to recycle at least 4.5million waste batteries between now and the end of the year as part of this charity initiative. If we reach this target, WEEE Ireland will give Children’s Sunshine Home incorporating LauraLynn House a battery powered electric SUV that will be used by both staff and children at the children’s hospice.
We all use batteries in our daily lives so we all can help in this unique campaign – batteries can be dropped off for recycling at your local recycling centre or in any retail outlet that sells similar batteries with no purchase necessary. Also watch out for the specially branded WEEE Ireland battery box in retail outlets. WEEE Ireland will also host a number of special collection events all around the country during November and December, see www.recyclefree.ie for a full list of locations. It’s easy and it’s free – so check old toys, look in the backs of drawers and gather as many batteries as possible and bring them back for recycling, the more WASTE BATTERIES we collect the more the charity benefits.
Ambassador for the campaign Lorraine Keane said “We all want to do our bit for charity particularly in the lead up to Christmas and The Children’s Sunshine Home incorporating LauraLynn House is one that helps support children and families suffering from life limiting illnesses. With most people under pressure this Christmas, this campaign gives everyone the opportunity to help out and contribute, while also doing your bit for the environment – everyone’s a winner!”
Philomena Dunne, CEO of Children’s Sunshine Home said ”We are delighted that WEEE Ireland have chosen us for this exceptional Christmas campaign, it is wonderful to think that something that everyone has cluttering up their drawers at home can be put to such a good use – and will make a real difference to Children’s Sunshine Home incorporating LauraLynn House. The hospice opened in September after years of tireless fundraising and without any additional government funding and needs continued fundraising to keep this service going. Please keep an eye out for the blue battery boxes this Christmas, every battery recycled makes a difference.”
“We estimate that the average household has approximately 15 waste batteries lying around – WEEE Ireland and Children’s Sunshine Home are encouraging kids, parents, grandparents, schools, clubs and businesses to root through all of those drawers and find those batteries. If everyone brings back a couple of batteries each, we will easily achieve our 4.5million battery target. Bring them to your local retailer or collection point and we ensure they are recycled safely,” added Leo Donovan, CEO of WEEE Ireland.