Seeking Donations @ SORT
SORT, which stands for Soils, Oceans, Rivers and Trees, has launched a six month Computers for Kids Campaign.
Site manager Julie Jackson explains, “we are in the in the process of collecting up to 300 unwanted computers before Christmas. The project’s aim is to refurbish up to 100 of them at both the Boonah and Beaudesert sites to distribute to families in the Scenic Rim.”
Distribution of the refurbished computers will be done in association with major national welfare organisations to low income families, pensioners and community groups.
Another important aspect of the project is that it provides employment opportunities.
"Local jobseekers are here learning new skills and developing their work prospects," she said.
“Participants learn how to check and disassemble computers before reviewing and refurbishing the computer to strict Microsoft Refurbisher standards. They also assist in a range of duties from administration work to creating crafts from unusable computer parts and other items destined for landfill. Once a week, a day is spent creating furniture from pallets and old packing crates.”
SORT welcomes donations from homes and businesses alike, and can arrange to come and collect any bulk donations.
"We're very keen for any and all IT equipment, whether it works or not," Julie said. This includes computers, monitors, keyboards, mice, printers and all associated cables, so we can actually build computers from them, or alternatively recycle them and keep them from landfill.”
Julie stressed information stored on donated computers and hard drives would be destroyed.
"People may be concerned about donating computers because they might have information stored. We guarantee we can destroy it, and can provide a Certificate of Security of the destruction of any data, if required,” she said.
“Please spread the word to neighbours, friends, workplaces and feel free to invite us to come and speak to your local community groups - we are more than happy to tell you more.”
The not-for-profit social enterprise started on the Gold Coast before branching out to a number of locations across the country.
Donations can be made to the Boonah SORT Recycling site, which is open five days a week in the basement of the old church at 9 Church Street Boonah.
For more information call the site on 54631515 or email firstname.lastname@example.org