~e; PCs for Peace Seeks Donations (SF Bay Area)

From human being <human@electronetwork.org>
Date Mon, 4 Nov 2002 16:13:22 -0600

// public service message: San Francisco Bay Area specific, deadline 

( BW)(CA-WORLD-COMPUTER-EXCHNG) PCs for Peace Seeks Donations of Used, 
Working PCs; Donations Accepted Nov 16th and 17th at Two Convenient Bay 
Area Locations


    News/Business Editors & High-Tech Writers

    PALO ALTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 4, 2002--Bay Area 
residents and companies can become involved in helping to bridge the 
digital divide for youth in developing countries by donating working 
computers to the World Computer Exchange (WCE) on Saturday, November 
16th and Sunday, November 17th at collection points in Sunnyvale and 
Mountain View. Individuals and companies all across America have 
donated thousands of computers to this global educational nonprofit 
that has connected hundreds of schools to the Internet in Africa, Asia, 
and Latin America.
    "PCs for Peace" gives Bay Area residents the opportunity to 
directly aid the education and global awareness of youth in Africa, 
Asia, and Latin America. A "PCs for Peace" event last April resulted in 
the shipment of a 40-foot container of PCs to create computer centers 
in 75 schools serving 50,000 students in several rural regions of 
    Collection points for the event will be open from 10 am to 4 pm on 
November 16th and 17th at Fry's Electronics at 1077 East Arques Avenue 
in Sunnyvale and at ABC Storage at 2488 Wyandotte Street in Mountain 
View. Maps and background information are available at 
www.pcsforpeace.org. Volunteers will test the equipment, provide 
receipts for tax deductions, and pack the computers for immediate 
shipment. It is very important that donated computers and computer 
peripherals be in good working condition. The Exchange accepts all 
ranges of Pentium computers but not PC's with 486 processors or 
earlier. The Exchange also accepts all Macintoshes capable of Internet 
    With the November event Fry's Electonics continues its generous 
support of the World Computer Exchange and its mission. Joel Byers of 
Fry's Electronics noted: "Fry's loves the idea that people shopping 
with us to upgrade their monitors and computers can now donate their 
old computers to such a good cause and receive a tax deduction as well. 
We hope that the world will become a safer and better place as children 
of the US and distant countries get to know each other online."
    Richard Gingras, chairman of WCE's Bay Area Chapter added: "It's a 
sad fact that millions of used, working computers are dumped into US 
landfills every year. It makes great environmental, economic, and 
humanitarian sense to give these computers new lives connecting schools 
that currently have no access to computers or the Internet."
    The November "PCs for Peace" event will result in WCE's 15th 
shipment. In preparation for each container, WCE leverages the 
resources of businesses, volunteers, and youth community service 
programs to provide its partners with the network gear, software, 
consulting, sister-schools, teacher training, and content they need. 
WCE helps educational institutions in developing countries succeed in 
preparing their schools, teachers, and students to use the Internet as 
a bridge to information, resources, educational materials, and 


    For more information about the "PCs for Peace" November event 
please visit www.pcsforpeace.org. For more information about the World 
Computer Exchange and how you or your company can participate please 
visit www.worldcomputerexchange.org.


     CONTACT: World Computer Exchange
              Michael Chang, 408/386-5714
              (Public Information Volunteer)

     SOURCE: World Computer Exchange

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