Connell Sixth Formers launch charity App after national competition win


Two Manchester students have just launched a ground-breaking new app after winning a national competition.

Georgia-Leigh Wheeler and Sina Taavon from Connell Sixth Form College have created ‘DONATEiT’, an app which allows you to quickly share your unwanted household goods with charities, who can then use them, or sell them to raise funds*.  Their idea won the Sustainable Communities Category at the national Apps for Good Awards after they presented their idea to a range of judges, including international tech CEOs and journalists.

Says Georgia-Leigh, from New Moston: “With over 300,000 tonnes of reusable furniture thrown away every year, and an increasing demand on charities, we wanted to provide a simple way to donate to charity, protect the environment and support those in need.”

Sina from Chorlton, adds: “Our app is now on Googleplay for Android and we have been approached by Apple, to discuss making it compatible with their devices. Watch this space!”

The students created DONATEiT when Connell Sixth Form College started working with Apps for Good, the award-winning charity that encourages young people to use new technologies, to design and make products that can make a difference to their world.

Connell Principal Jane Hopcroft, comments: “This was a fantastic programme for all our students – it has really challenged them to work creatively, competitively and commercially. We are incredibly proud of Georgia-Leigh and Sina and expect great things from them both.”

Heather Picov, UK Managing Director of Apps for Good, concludes: “We are absolutely delighted to support the students in turning their dreams into reality. It’s been fantastic building the apps with them, with the support of London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.”

*DONATEiT connects people getting rid of old household goods with charities in their area. By simply uploading an image of the item and its weight, the charities can immediately connect with them to use the product for fundraising. The app is free for everyone to use and is monetised through directing users to furniture stores for new goods and brand advertising.

Download the apphere. 

Click here to read article in Manchester Evening News, 14 March 2017