Eco-Cell Recycles to Raise Dollars on World Darfur Day

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Company issues national cell phone challenge & participates in Tents Of Hope.

Improving the life of someone in Darfur is as simple as recycling an old cell phone. ECO-CELL, an environmental cell phone recycling and green fund raising company, has issued a challenge to the entire nation. Remember that old, unused cell phone you tucked in the back of the drawer when you upgraded to the newest model? On April 13, 2008, World Darfur Day, ECO-CELL wants you to help recycle to raise dollars for Darfur by sending in that phone to be recycled.

The company is encouraging everyone to collect as many unused cell phones as possible and send them in to be recycled. Any phones mailed during the month of April will be counted toward the Dollars for Darfur initiative and proceeds will be donated to SaveDarfur Coalition (http://www.savedarfur.org) and the United Nations World Food Programme (http://www.wfp.org.)

Why recycle that old phone? Besides protecting the environment from toxins found in cell phones such as lead and arsenic, by recycling your phone through ECO-CELL, you can also help raise funds for the crisis in Darfur. Giving just a little can provide so much:

  • $25 can buy 3 donkey plows for 3 displaced families.
  • $50 can buy 3 blankets for a displaced family.
  • $100 can buy a treadle pump for a kitchen garden.

"We wanted to create a way that everyone in the nation could make a positive statement for our brothers and sisters in Darfur. Maybe you want to help but don't have the means to donate cash," said Eric Ronay, ECO-CELL President. "This way everyone can make a contribution with a positive effect for both the planet and its inhabitants. One phone or one hundred--every one you send in not only keeps toxins out of a landfill but also generates valuable dollars for a cause that needs our help."

For those participants that send in ten or more phones, ECO-CELL will pay the shipping. Simply email program @ eco-cell.org to request a free shipping label. Provide your name, address, phone number and the number of phones you plan to send in to ECO-CELL. Participants who want to ship their phones directly to ECO-CELL should send them to: 2701 Lindsay Avenue, Louisville, KY 40206. Please mark on the envelope: Dollars for Darfur.

In addition to the Dollars for Darfur initiative, ECO-CELL is locally sponsoring a tent for Tents of Hope, a journey of compassion and peace with the displaced persons and refugees of Darfur, Sudan. Tents of Hope (http://www.tentsofhope.org) is a one-year campaign in which people respond as communities to the crisis in Darfur, Sudan by creating tents that are both unique works of art and focal points for learning about, assisting and establishing relationships with the people of Sudan. The project will culminate in October 2008 with the "Gathering of the Tents" in Washington D.C.

About ECO-CELL
ECO-CELL is a cell phone recycling and fundraising company that works with a variety of organizations in the U.S. and Canada, particularly zoos and conservation programs, to collect used cell phones and raise funds for those organizations. ECO-CELL helps keep cell phones out of landfills and provides organizations with a profitable, easy to use, environmentally focused fund-raising program. For more information, visit: http://www.eco-cell.org.

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