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E-waste, shredding nets more than $4K for cancer society
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A group of mostly home-schooled students did their part in the Relay for Life collection of e-waste and paper shredding in Ripon on Saturday. They are, from left, Acelyn and Rikki Villnes, Ripon High student John Bionaz and Isaiah Villines. The effort raised more than $4,000. - photo by GLENN KAHL/ The Bulletin
RIPON - The only shredding event that asked for donations in the region over the past weekend drew over $4,000 from 110 vehicles that also dropped off their e-waste as behind a medical practice in Ripon Saturday morning.

The collected donations – some in excess of $100 – are being sent to the upcoming Ripon Relay for Life sponsored by the American Cancer Society.  There were 76 separate shredding drops along with 44 e-waste contributions.

One contributor who works for Del Monte Foods gave $100 himself with a letter from Del Monte that promises to equally match his contribution to the cancer cure drive.

Organizer Carol Bauman acknowledged, “It was a very successful day and I can only express great gratitude to the community and to my crew of 13 that made it all happen – receiving very generous donations.”  Bauman and her sister Phyllis Boyd were passionate about the shredding and e-waste event because they are both cancer survivors themselves.

This year’s event more than doubled the donations that were received in 2009, she added.  Last year the program asked for a $10 contribution to the cancer society; however this year’s event allowed members of the public to donate what they wished – or nothing at all.

There were also 112 pairs of eyeglasses donated that will be sent to underdeveloped countries in the Third World.  The four-hour collection activity began at 8 a.m. with the first car actually pulling in at 6:30 that morning having traveled some 60 miles.  It was scheduled to last only until lunch time; however there were still cars and trucks pulling into the driveway at 12.

She credited the student workers as being very polite and efficient.  The teens in the group went through the back fence to make cookies at a nearby church for The Youth Auction at Ripon Grace Church to raise money for their upcoming mission trip.  Bauman personally paid the students for their work to be used in their missionary work.