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IT Industry to Break Records when ‘Putting IT Back’ in 2003

  • 03 October, 2003 09:54

<p>Targets have been set at $300,000 for the Starlight Children’s Foundation and Giant Steps 2003 ‘IT Fund for Kids’ ‘Putting IT Back’ campaign. The IT Community is being urged to band together to meet this target which will see records broken in exceeding the one million dollar mark of funds raised since the campaign’s conception. Despite this achievement, numbers are dwindling every year and contributions are dropping, prompting Starlight Children’s Foundation CEO, Jill Weekes and ‘IT Fund for Kids’ strong supporter Steve Vamos, to urge companies to reignite the enthusiasm and generosity of past years to make a difference to the lives of seriously ill children.</p>
<p>For further information on the ‘IT Fund for Kids’ ‘Putting IT Back’ campaign or for photography or an interview with Jill Weekes or Steve Vamos, please contact Kate Andrews or Claire Plasto at Howorth Communications on (02) 9904 4533 or email pr@howorth.com.au.</p>
<p>Sydney, 3 October 2003 - Records are set to be broken with this year’s IT Fund for Kids ‘Putting IT Back’ campaign gearing up for its 2003 kick off in October. In its fourth year the campaign hopes to raise in excess of $300,000 which will see it break the $1 million mark of funds raised since its conception in 2000.</p>
<p>A great reflection of the generosity of the IT industry, this important initiative rallies support from small to large enterprise businesses to raise funds and help Australia’s children in need at the Starlight Children’s Foundation and Giant Steps.</p>
<p>Despite the generosity of past years and the steady number of supporting vendors, this year, the ‘IT Fund for Kids’ is hoping to raise the bar on donations as tough times in the IT community have seen fund figures drop. It takes $4,000 dollars per child to grant a wish through the Starlight Children’s Foundation or to support a child with Autism through Giant Steps.</p>
<p>One participant, looking forward to contributing this year, is Microsoft Australia, Managing Director Steve Vamos who believes the spirit of donating as an industry is an added bonus of giving something back to children in need.</p>
<p>“It’s easy for the corporate community to get wrapped up in targets and figures related to its own interests. The opportunity that the ‘IT Fund for Kids’ provides for us to work together toward a common target is fabulous. That’s why I strongly urge companies to participate in the 2003 campaign.</p>
<p>“The experience of taking part is even more rewarding when you consider that this figure makes a huge difference to the quality of life and realisation of dreams of the special children supported by the IT fund. The Starlight Children’s Foundation and Giant Steps are still in desperate need of support to continue their marvelous work so I urge people to join up now and start making a difference.”</p>
<p>Rob Durie, Executive Director of AIIA and supporter of the ‘IT Fund for Kids’ said, “I believe it is important for corporate Australia to come together in ensuring that seriously ill children are awarded the opportunity to experience the things in life that will make them smile. Feeling cared for and supported by their families, friends and the broader community is so important and it’s great to know that the IT community really is ‘Putting it Back’.”</p>
<p>IT employees and the general IT community will be asked to contribute one day’s pay (or a nominated amount) to the campaign with their organisation then having the opportunity to match the amount raised by their staff.</p>
<p>The proceeds from this year’s campaign will be used for programmes designed specifically by the Starlight Children's Foundation and Giant Steps to improve the quality of life of Australian children. To date the Fund has helped 218 children with The Starlight Children’s Foundation using money raised to make the wishes of seriously ill children come true, and Giant Steps implementing the Life Skills program for children aged from 5-18 years with Autism. There are many more special children in need of some support.</p>
<p>It is not too late to become a part of this great initiative as the ‘IT Fund for Kids’ is still calling for participation from any company involved in the IT industry, including vendors, industry organisations, marketing and public relations companies and publishing houses.</p>
<p>To find out how to participate, please contact Claire Crawford at The Starlight Children’s Foundation on (02) 8425 5929 or email ccrawford@starlight.org.au</p>
<p>For further media information, case studies, quotes from participants or photography, please contact Kate Andrews or Claire Plasto at Howorth Communications on (02) 9904 4533 or email pr@howorth.com.au</p>
<p>About the ‘IT Fund for Kids’
The IT Fund for Kids is a national fundraising initiative supported by Australia's IT &amp; T community. Participating companies and their employees make donations to fund programmes designed specifically by the Starlight Children's Foundation and Giant Steps to improve the quality of life of Australian children. To date the Fund has helped 218 children with Starlight using money raised to make the wishes of seriously ill children come true, and Giant Steps implementing the Life Skills program for children aged from 5-18 years with Autism. www.itfundforkids.com.au</p>

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