Edmonton Agencies Receive Recycled Computers Donation.



    EDMONTON, Jan. 27 /CNW/ - In the current economic environment,
organizations, especially not-for-profits, cannot afford to let any resources
go to waste. For many, it is simply not feasible to set-up their organization
with the latest state-of-the-art equipment, regardless of how much it is
needed. Thankfully, organizations like the Electronic Recycling Association
(ERA) are able to step up and help agencies in need acquire the necessary
resources to operate.
    Today, the ERA plans to distribute a total of 22 refurbished desktops and
16 laptop computers to several of Alberta's Promise Partners in Edmonton. The
largest donation will be 20 desktop computers given specifically for Kids in
the Hall. As Alberta's Promise Partners, each agency receiving the computers
has a focus on helping children and youth. The ERA is an Alberta's Promise
Builder that ensures these agencies have the necessary resources to operate
and this is the third donation they have made to the Edmonton Promise
Partners.
    "In 2009, the ERA plans to donate even more laptops and computers to
various charities in Alberta," says Bojan Paduh, ERA Director. "During these
difficult financial times, charities and other non-profit organizations often
find it impossible to be able to afford computers."
    "Alberta's Promise is proud to have partners like the ERA committed to
helping local children and youth organizations," says Tyra Henschel, Executive
Director of Alberta's Promise. "ERA has been a dedicated Promise Partner,
having recently renewed their Alberta's Promise Partnership to make sure they
do their part to give kids the resources they need to grow into healthy
productive adults."
    Kids in the Hall will use their computers to help the youth within their
program train in life and employment skills. Each donation provided by the ERA
is created from formerly unwanted computers and related equipment. The ERA
will erase previously stored information, refurbish the equipment and create a
computer system that will fit the needs of the receiving organizations. As a
result, the ERA relies on the donation of generous organizations to provide
them with their old equipment instead of throwing it out.
    "With the Holidays now over, we are trying to encourage everyone who got
a new computer or laptop to donate their old systems to the ERA," says Paduh.
"Literally thousands of tonnes of electronic equipment are being dumped or
smelted by recycling facilities, while there are hundreds of organizations
waiting for computers to be donated to them. We are proudly donating these
systems at no charge. As a non-profit ourselves; we know how difficult it can
be without the much needed support of local businesses and the community."

    The Electronic Recycling Association is a non-profit organization
dedicated to reducing electronic waste through the reuse and donation of
unwanted computers and related equipment. First attempting to reuse the
equipment before recycling it, The ERA will sort through all equipment and
refurbish any items that can be salvaged. In turn, the ERA donates the
equipment to various charities and non-profit groups.

    Alberta's Promise has helped foster an ever-growing partnership base of
over 1,164 that has invested more than $250 million to benefit the children
and youth of Alberta. The success of the Alberta's Promise program reflects
the collective responsibility all Promise Partners share to foster the next
generation of Albertans.

    Kids in the Hall is a program that meets the needs of at-risk youth for
training in life and employment skills through their involvement in the Kids
in the Hall bistro. This program breaks the cycle of dependence and poverty
through an innovative partnership of business, community and government.





For further information:

For further information: Will Tigley, Marketing Communications Manager,
Alberta's Promise, Office: (403) 297-7457, Cell: (403) 660-5064; Joanna
Trebon, Accounts and Operations Manager, Electronic Recycling Organization,
Office: 1-877-939-2783 ext. 0


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