MOBILE MUSTER WINNERS

Rouse Hill High Students Logan (with guitar) and Tian (inset) and Simon on the video
Rouse Hill High Students Logan (with guitar) and Tian (inset) and Simon on the video

A team of environmental warriors from Rouse Hill High School have won the $5000 top prize in the inaugural MobileMuster film competition.

More than 1000 students from all over Australia got involved with the project with the task of creating a 60-second video encouraging people to recycle their old mobile phones.

The three Year 11 friends: Simon Abanto, Logan Bondoc and Tian Yi Wong See called their team, Tian and The Termites.

There were over 90 individual entries for both the junior and high school sections making videos on the theme: Use it or Recycle it. The finalists’ short films were screened at Cockatoo Island in Sydney Harbour where a panel of judges selected videos by Class 6P Hrustville Public (Junior) and Tian and the Termites (High) as the winners.

Their film was then showcased by MobileMuster and Planet Ark during National Recycling Week last month.

Tian said it was great to see other students invested in protecting the environment.

He said they entered because: “We are passionate about film making and the environment, and this gave us the best of both worlds.

The Year 11 trio hoped to get involved in next year’s competition and encourage others to do so.

Tian, the leader of the Youth Environmental Society (Y.E.S.) at school, said Rouse Hill High had just implemented stationery recycling.

“We hope to involve ourselves in next year’s competition, and push other initiatives, through the Y.E.S. group.”

Spyro Kalos, Manager MobileMuster said the film competition was a wonderful example of students creativity, storytelling and taking the lead in environmental action and encouraging their community to reuse and recycle.

“Through film these students and schools are inspiring our community to think about why we are holding onto our old mobile phones and looking at the environmental benefits of them being reused or recycled.”

To view all the films that made the finals click on to www.mobilemuster.com.au/student-films-inspire-recyclingaction/. To find out more visit mobilemuster.com.au.