Fantastic collaboration occurred during the past fortnight to relocate 88 working analogue TVs from a Port Douglas resort to homes in the Cairns Region.
Oaks Lagoons in Port Douglas made contact with RRC, as an inquiry about where to recycle the sets. As I had been doing my research lately, I was aware that the Cairns Region has a recycle facility plan, however it is scheduled to be approved for building between 2012-2013.
We needed homes now!
I posted call outs featuring the Manager’s email (Murray Worthington) on Facebook and Twitter pages, even WOMF’d, but it’s a long drive to beautiful Port Douglas from Cairns. People volunteered to share these posts (Thank you!) and word soon spread to Lifeline via our IT Technician member, Adam Griffiths, who chugged up there to take a look.
Meanwhile I was flicking through the pdf, Community Resource Directory, compiled by a vol at Cairns Regional Council. Making contact with crisis care agencies was a boon~ OzCare put their hand up for 15 sets, Homelessness Hub could take 1 and Aftercare was able to rehouse 40.
Now Murray and I just had to figure out how to transport 56 sets to the Cairns agencies (as none of us NGOs have a ute or truck! You can donate to the ongoing RRC effort to fundraise for one, by clicking here).
Our solution? Murray would ask his suppliers for a helping hand and RRC would promote all businesses involved through a blog post, FB and Twitter shares, a WOMF post and, petition the Cairns Sun for an editorial featuring a photo of delivery.
And that’s where Bunzl came on board, offering to transfer sets in batches over a three to four week period, to the door of the social welfare agencies.
To boot~ The Oaks Hotels and Resorts PR department wrote the editorial and distributed it to several media outlets, Oaks Hotels & Resorts Give the Gift of Charity this Christmas Season. And~ there was a media plug on local radio yesterday (I am chasing up details and will post here when able).
Thus, clicks all round for the community collaboration to make the change that we want to see, at least with a bunch of TVs.