IT companies and staff cheer up kiddies

In an effort to raise $250,000 for the Starlight Children's Foundation and Giant Steps, Australian IT companies have joined forces to launch an IT charity fund called 'Putting IT Back'.

The initiative will involve the staff of IT companies Com Tech Communications, IBM, Compaq, Optus, Cisco and Dell.

Other participating companies include NEC/Packard Bell, Lucent, Lotus, MYOB, f2, Citrix, PowerLan, Volante, eSign, Sun, Professional Advantage, Davnet, Austar Pay TV, Web Methods, Quicken, eCorp and the Australian Information Industry Association.

Participants are being asked to contribute money from a few dollars to a day's pay or more, on November 17, to help the Starlight Foundation and Giant Steps brighten the lives of children who have serious illnesses.

The funds raised will go towards granting wishes, and to the Starlight Express Rooms located in children's hospitals around the country, to Fun Centres equipped with bedside entertainment for kids, mobile Express Rooms that visit country and regional hospitals and the Giant Steps programs.

Participants' tax-deductible donations will be directly debited from their payroll and they will receive feedback on how their money is being utilised.

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

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