FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PCs, Monitors, Printers, Laptops, Cellphones, A/V Equipment - All Are Accepted
Huntington Beach, CA, March 9, 2006 - The Get-Well Gamers Foundation, a California-based public charity dedicated to bringing electronic entertainment to children in healthcare facilities, today announced a special technology fundraiser to be held at Westwood College, Anaheim, March 17-18.
Sponsored by technology recycler Howard Internet Services (H.I.S.), the drive will allow computer users to dispose of unwanted equipment in a safe and environmentally conscious manner, with half of all proceeds donated to Get-Well Gamers. PCs, monitors, printers, laptops, cellphones, servers, multimedia equipment, business phone systems - essentially anything with a motherboard - will be gladly accepted at the special collection area in the school's main parking lot.
"This is our first partnership with a green-friendly firm," said Ryan Shape, President of Get-Well Gamers. "We are very excited to be working with H.I.S. on this drive, which will hopefully not only bring another segment of socially conscious donors to our cause, but also raise awareness about the hazards of E-Waste."
"Old technology equipment is incredibly toxic," said Michael Howard, President of Howard Internet Services. "Computer monitors, televisions and other electronic devices contain CRT's (cathode ray tubes). A typical CRT contains up to five pounds of lead, which is an extremely dangerous substance, particularly to children, which is the main reason why we agreed to partner with Get-Well Gamers. The other, quite simply, is to keep as many recyclable computers as possible out of landfills. Sadly, despite being illegal, that's where most of them end up."
Get-Well Gamers and Howard Internet Services calls upon all students of Westwood College and computer users and businesses in the area to participate. Among Get-Well's plans for the funds raised: an improved Web presence to better connect donors and medical facilities, additional operating capital so donations are distributed more efficiently, a budget to cover printing costs for postcards, fliers and other promotional collateral to help spread the word about the foundation.
"We received a substantial donation of games and game equipment from Microsoft around the holidays," added Mr. Sharpe of Get-Well Gamers. "Unfortunately, the postal costs of sending the materials to our member hospitals have left us almost completely cash-depleted, which is why we are so grateful to H.I.S. for donating their services and to Glennon Neubauer of Westwood College for allowing us to use the campus as a collection point and for making student volunteers available to aid in our effort."
To find out how you can get involved, or to make a tax-deductible donation, please contact Get-Well Gamers directly at email@example.com or (714) 293-8480. You can also visit them online and make a PayPal contribution at www.get-well-gamers.org.
For more information on Howard Internet Services, including details on its environmental standards and filings and directions to its Fountain Valley retail store, visit www.howardinternetservices.com or call them toll free at (800) 574-5944.
Westwood College, Anaheim is located at 1701 S Douglass Rd. For more information on the school, including directions, visit http://www.westwood.edu/locations/california-colleges/anaheim-college.asp
About Get Well Gamers:
The Get-Well Gamers Foundation is a California-based 501® (3)-certified public charity dedicated to bringing electronic entertainment to children's hospitals for the benefit of entertainment and pain management since 2001. To date, the Get-Well Gamers Foundation counts 32 treatment facilities in 19 states as members. For more information, and to find out how you can get involved, please visit: www.get-well-gamers.org.