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Refugee family receiving new laptop

Ten refurbished laptops have been donated by ETC to the Sanctuary Australia Foundation for their Computer Aid Program which supports local refugees.

According to Sanctuary General Manager Mark Hallam there was a growing need in the Coffs Harbour refugee community for laptops.

“It is very difficult for newly arrived students to keep up with their school work without access to a home computer and this need is just as critical for adults who are learning English. Families need easy computer access for study, work opportunities and to connect with others,” Mr Hallam said.

“Sanctuary aims to encourage the recycling of electronic goods in the local community, as E-waste has become a serious pollutive problem. Our aim is to recycle and re-use wherever possible, especially to help those in need.”

ETC CEO Jenny Barnett said the not-for-profit company was thrilled to have the opportunity to assist local refugees over and above its existing service delivery.

“ETC helps many local refugees through our employment and training services, so it’s fantastic to support another organisation who aligns closely with our vision and mission,” Mrs Barnett said.

“Our wonderful IT team refurbished the computers to have new faster hard drives and the latest operating systems on them ready for the donation.”

The Omar family were a recipient of one of the ETC laptops and were very appreciative for the machine, in particular for their son who will be entering High School next year.

If you would also like to donate to the Sanctuary Australia Foundation Computer Aid Program, phone (02) 6652 2127 or email info@sanctuaryaustraliafoundation.org.au

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