IT asked to switch on smiles

IT companies and their employees are being encouraged to dig deep this month in support for the IT Fund for Kids, 'Putting IT Back'.

In an effort to reach last year's figure of $502,000, employees of IT companies can donate a day's pay or a nominated amount to the fund during October.

The money raised will be used to brighten the lives of children who have serious illnesses and grant wishes for through the Starlight Children's Foundation and to assist with Giant Steps programs for children with autism.

The national president of the Starlight Children's Foundation, Ian Kennedy, said all the money raised in each state will go to children in that state, and added that companies can obtain a profile to see where their money has gone and how it has brightened a child's life.

"I know it has been a tough year and the IT industry is in a bad time, but we need you more than ever. To the big ones who writes the cheques, and to those less well off who really dig deep and try to help, we appreciate it," Kennedy said.

It is not too late for companies to sign up, and some of the 30 companies already onboard for 'Putting IT Back' 2001 include AIIA, Business Objects, Cisco, Citrix, Cognos, Cyberlynx, Dimension Data, Dialog Information Technology, Ecorp, Esign, Gartner, Howorth Communications, Intel, Manpower, NineMSN, Oracle, Packard Bell NEC, Powerlan, Sun Microsystems, Telstra On Air, Veritas Software and Vodafone.

More information on participating in the 'Putting IT Back' is at www.itfundforkids.com or call Penny Reading on (02) 8425 5908.

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