‘Power to Protect’ initiative aims to help young people get home safe by keeping their mobiles charged
A new personal safety campaign launched in Northern Ireland is urging members of the public, particularly young people, not to get caught out by a low battery on their mobile phone.
The ‘Power to Protect’ initiative, backed by Jumping Jack™ emergency chargers and the SOS Bus NI charity, aims to highlight the dangers of losing power on your mobile and the small steps you can take to safeguard yourself and help get home safely.
Joe Hyland, Chief Executive of SOS Bus NI said: “Since we started in 2007 we have been on the streets of Belfast every week, supporting vulnerable people through our buses in the city centre, so we’ve seen first hand the difficulties people face late at night.
“Whether it’s calling a taxi or contacting a family member, or maybe you’ve become separated from your friend group, it’s sometimes difficult to reconnect and it’s almost impossible without a charged mobile phone.
Joe added: “Belfast is a wonderful city but it isn’t without its dangers, so we wanted to launch a simple initiative to get people thinking about how they can take better control of their own safety.
“It’s particularly important at this time of year, as schools are finished for the summer and there are more young people out in the evenings.”
The campaign has been launched as part of a new partnership between the SOS Bus NI and Jumping Jack™, a range of emergency chargers developed by Carryduff-based company Cyril Johnston.
The plans will also see Jumping Jack™ install a number of their power packs in the SOS buses around Belfast and provide them to the SOS street teams.
The Jumping Jack™ chargers, which are compatible with almost any mobile phone, are even capable of jump-starting cars and other vehicles with up to a 3.0-litre engine capacity.
Rick Johnston, Product Manager for Jumping Jack™ said: “Today our phones are multimedia hubs. We make calls, play games and even watch television programmes.
“It’s easy for our batteries to die and when that happens late at night it can leave you in a worrying and vulnerable situation, particularly if you’re on your own.
“That’s the motivation behind this project, as by installing power packs in the SOS Buses around Belfast it means that fewer people will get caught without a charged phone late at night. If you’re running low on power you see one of the buses, call in and connect up for a few minutes.
“Our packs charge phones faster than a conventional charger, so it won’t take long, or alternatively, smaller USB chargers designed to fit in wallets, purses and on key rings are becoming increasingly popular, so you can now take power with you wherever you are.”
To find out more about the work of the SOS Bus NI click www.sosbusni.com