Phones for Change Appeal

Brian McLaughlin, Head Coach of the Ulster Rugby Team and former Head of P.E. at R.B.A.I., recently returned to the school, along with past pupil Ryan Caldwell and Ulster Rugby player Ruan Pienaar to show their support, for the school’s phones4change appeal. The Royal Belfast Academical Institution is one of many schools across Northern Ireland who has joined the appeal. The phones4change appeal is a major mobile phone recycling initiative being rolled out across Northern Ireland to help teachers equip their classrooms with state-of-the-art technology at no cost to the school. The proceeds from the recycling campaign will help the Comber Foundation to support vulnerable and disadvantaged people inRomania and Eastern Europe.

The school has a long standing relationship with the charity which was founded in 1990 in Comber which helps young adults with intellectual and physical disabilities to leave institutional care and live in the community for the first time. Fiona Dowling and Michelle Magill from the Comber Foundation spoke in assembly to launch the campaign, along with Brian McLaughlin and Mrs Victoria McCord.

If you would like to help R.B.A.I. in our phones4change appeal, simply send in your old mobile phones in any condition to one of our collection boxes in either Miss Haslett’s (W8) or Mrs McCord’s (W11) classrooms. Further details can be found at