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Optima Renews Support For SHINE

  • 27 September, 2007 09:53

<p>Australian computer manufacturer donates a further $10,000 in equipment to SHINE for Kids</p>
<p>SYDNEY, Australia – Optima Technology Solutions (ASX:OPI), the leading Australian computer manufacturer, has made an additional donation of PCs and notebooks worth $10,000 to SHINE for Kids, a not-for-profit support organisation for children with parents in prison.</p>
<p>The new computers will be used primarily for staff, replacing older and slower computers, and allowing SHINE to expand its operations with a further three Activity Centres, giving them a total of six centres in New South Wales. Optima made a similar donation in 2005, providing SHINE with multimedia computers for its Activity Centres.</p>
<p>SHINE is a community-based cooperative organisation that relies on a mix of government and donation-based funding to stay in business. The organisation is run by 25 full-time staff and 320 volunteers, supporting more than 15,000 affected children across the state.</p>
<p>“Our goal is to create an environment for affected children and their extended families that is both fun and recreational and at the same time supportive and educational,” says Gloria Larman, Chief Executive Officer, SHINE for Kids. “We depend on the quality and experience of our staff, and support them with the tools they need to do their work as easily and efficiently as possible.</p>
<p>“Unfortunately funding is not always available for us to keep up the maintenance of our information systems, so we rely on in-kind donations and contributions from supportive local companies like Optima to keep us going,” says Larman. “This latest donation is much appreciated, and has visibly lifted staff morale. I’ve seen staff patting their new 19-inch flat screens, which seems trivial but really lifts our spirits and makes our work that much more enjoyable.”</p>
<p>Charles Yan, Sales and Marketing Director at Optima, says the overwhelming success of the 2005 donation inspired Optima to assist SHINE with its growth plans.</p>
<p>“Technology is about more than entertainment or education, it’s also a great enabler, and as a local company it’s our responsibility as much as it is our pleasure to help worthy organisations like to SHINE grow and succeed in the vital work they do for our community,” says Yan. “If our ongoing contribution can help open more centres that help more kids, then we’ve hit the mark yet again.”</p>
<p>Larman says that the funds freed up by Optima’s donation will be spent on developing new activities for the SHINE kids and their families and laying the foundations for future growth.</p>
<p>“One of the biggest problems our kids face is the stigma of having a parent in jail and the resulting feelings of isolation,” says Larman. “We work hard to develop a clear understanding of our kids’ individual circumstances so that we can provide a constructive mentoring service for them. We become their friends and allies in a world that’s not always sensitive to their needs.</p>
<p>“With the new computers we now have the tools to grow this program and extend our services through the new centres,” Larman adds. “There are many more kids out there who need our help; what we’ve achieved to date is just the tip of the iceberg.”</p>
<p>Note to editors: SHINE is celebrating its 25th birthday this year and is holding a large fundraising event on Thursday, October 11 at Doltone House – South Pier, Pyrmont Point, to mark the occasion.</p>
<p>The black-tie event will feature a live circus, hosted by ringmaster Anthony Ackroyd and MC David Lee, along with special guests SHINE for Kids Patron Ann Symonds and NSW Department of Corrective Services Commissioner Ron Woodham. The evening will also feature a selection of fundraising initiatives to support the work of SHINE for Kids including a Balloon Raffle and Live Auction featuring autographed Dame Joan Sutherland, Arthur Boyd, Peter Brock and Australia Post Boomers items.</p>
<p>Please contact Gloria Larman on 041 481 6801 or (02) 9714 3000 for an invitation and registration form.</p>
<p>About Optima Technology Solutions</p>
<p>Founded in 1989 Optima has grown to become the largest Australian manufacturer of notebook and desktop personal computers, and servers. Headquartered in Sydney, with branch offices in Melbourne and Brisbane, Optima is ideally placed by size and strength to promptly supply and actively support customers through a nationwide supply and service network.</p>

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