IT industry joins 'Putting IT Back' campaign

IT employees and the general IT community will be asked to contribute a day's pay (or a nominated amount) in October in this year's 'Putting IT Back' 2002 campaign.

IT Fund for Kids, now in its third year, announced the launch of the annual charity fund which aims to raise funds for the Starlight Children's Foundation, which brightens the lives of seriously ill children and their families, and Giant Steps, a school for children with autism.

Through the efforts of 62 IT companies which have participated over the past two years, wishes have been granted and specialised care provided to 275 children.

The goal for 'Putting IT Back' 2002 is to help a further 85 children by raising $350,000.

In this year's campaign in October IT employees and the general IT community will be asked to contribute a day's pay (or a nominated amount) to the campaign. Each organisation then has the opportunity to match the amount raised by their staff.

Proceeds from the 'Putting IT Back' 2002 campaign will be used by the Starlight Foundation for its wish-granting program. Giant Steps will use the funds to implement a Life Skills program for children with autism.

"The number of children we have been able to help through 'Putting IT Back' is a direct result of the incredible support IT Fund for Kids has received from the IT community over the past two years," said Jill Weekes, CEO, Starlight Children's Foundation.

IT Fund for Kids is calling for participation from any company involved in the IT industry, including vendors, industry organisations, marketing and public relations companies and publishing houses. Companies already signed up for this year include: AIIA, Cisco Systems, Citrix, Concord, Dimension Data, eSign, Howorth Communications, IBM, Intergraph Corporation, Telstra on Air and Volante.

For information on how to enrol in 'Putting IT Back' 2002, please contact Carolyn Gray from the Starlight Children's Foundation on (02) 8425 5929, www.itfundforkids.

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