Childhood Cancer Awareness Collection Event

MEDIA RELEASE

Calgary, AB (September 23rd, 2020) – The Electronic Recycling Association is proud to announce a collaborative effort with the Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario (POGO) and Burlington Progressive Conservative MPP Jane McKenna in a 6-week long collection drive to collect electronic devices to provide to children undergoing cancer treatments.

Items collected will be refurbished by the Electronic Recycling Association and donated on behalf of the Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario (POGO) to children fighting childhood cancer. The intention of this program is to provide children diagnosed with cancer functional devices so they can continue their education, stay connected with loved ones, and keep themselves entertained.

Founder and president Bojan Paduh states, “We recognize that this year has been tough for a lot of families and our mission is to help out as many people as we can with computers and other electronic devices. This collection event will help keep those children undergoing cancer treatments connected with loved ones that might not be able to visit them in hospital and treatment centres.” 

The ERA understands that the fight against childhood cancer is a strenuous one. Collaborating with POGO and MPP Jane McKenna will allow us to donate laptops, computers, monitors, tablets, cell phones, and more to children undergoing this battle.

“Every day 6 children in Canada are diagnosed with cancer. While childhood cancers account for less than 1% of all cancers diagnosed, it takes a significant toll on families,” said Burlington MPP Jane McKenna. “I am pleased to work with the Electronic Recycling Association and the Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario to collect electronic devices that once refurbished will be distributed to children and their families undergoing cancer treatments.”

Date: September 24th, 2020 to November 6th, 2020, Mondays through Fridays from 9AM – 5PM (excluding holidays).

Accepted items include: Laptops, computers, monitors, printers, cell phones, tablets, gaming systems, and IT peripherals.

Drop off locations:

MPP Jane McKenna Constituency Office:

Unit 104 472 Brock Ave, Burlington, ON L7S 1N1

and/or

ERA Toronto Drop-Off Depot:

Unit 15 489 Brimley Road, Scarborough, ON M1J 1A3

 

About the Electronic Recycling Association:

ERA is a non-profit organization that has been reducing unnecessary electronic waste since 2004. We reduce adverse environmental contributions through electronic recycling, repurposing and through the donation of electronics and other IT Equipment. With a number of drop off locations around Canada based primarily out of Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, Saskatoon, Toronto, Montreal and Winnipeg, and electronic pickup service, the ERA provides a meaningful way for organizations and individuals to deal with their old computer equipment in a safe and secure manner that matches or exceeds government standards.

 

About the Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario:

In 1983, a group of passionate and visionary pediatric oncologists founded the Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario (POGO). Today, inspired by the children and families whose lives we strive to improve, we champion childhood cancer care on behalf of the childhood cancer community. POGO is the official source of advice on childhood cancer to the Ministry of Health; a trusted source of information among colleagues, parents, survivors and the public; and the longstanding leader of a collaboration among the five academic pediatric oncology programs and other stakeholders, which has resulted in a highly integrated childhood cancer system.

 

About MPP Jane McKenna:

Jane McKenna was first elected to the Ontario Legislature in 2011 and served as MPP until 2014. Jane was re-elected in 2018 and was appointed to the Standing Committee on Estimates and the Standing Committee on the Legislative Assembly, which she also chaired. On November 29, 2018 Jane was appointed by the Premier as Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development. Jane is a lifetime resident of Burlington and has five children and three grandchildren.

 

For media inquires:

Julia Armstrong, ERA

Marketing Manager

403-705-3841

[email protected]