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Alcatel donates OmniPCX Office communications system for new Ronald McDonald House in Townsville

  • 08 October, 2004 08:57

<p>Certified Reseller Fortel Communications, through value-added Distributor IPL, has donated its time to ensure successful implementation</p>
<p>Sydney, Friday, October 8, 2004: Alcatel (Paris: CGEP.PA and NYSE: ALA) has announced the donation of an Alcatel OmniPCX Office personal communications exchange for the new Ronald McDonald House being launched today in Townsville. The implementation has been made possible by Certified Reseller Fortel Communications, through value-added distributor, IPL, who also donated its time to ensure the system’s successful implementation.</p>
<p>The Alcatel OmniPCX Office is a communications system for traditional and IP telephony, data, secure Internet access, and electronic messaging in a single, easily managed unit.</p>
<p>Rob Carnell, general manager, enterprise solutions for Australasia, said, “Communication is critical for Ronald McDonald House where families are separated for extended periods. While the objective of Ronald McDonald House is to keep families together, too often key family members have to stay behind. This makes staying in touch vital.</p>
<p>“The Alcatel OmniPCX Office gives Ronald McDonald House a converged voice and data solution that’s easy to use, manage and upgrade as their needs change. Alcatel is delighted to donate the communications infrastructure for Ronald McDonald House.”</p>
<p>Stead Denton, managing director, IPL Group, said, “The IPL Group is looking to enrich the lives of others wherever possible. Fortunately for us we operate in the technology area which allows us to help people from time to time, as in the case of the Ronald McDonald House.”</p>
<p>Ronald McDonald House Townsville is the first of its kind in the region and the third for Queensland. The House is built at The Townsville Hospital and features 12 rooms, communal kitchen and general living area. It will provide accommodation for neo-natal babies and their families from the North Queensland region.</p>
<p>The first Ronald McDonald House in Australia was opened at the Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children, Camperdown Sydney in September 1981. Four years later, in 1985, McDonald’s Australia established Ronald McDonald House Charities Australia (RMHC). Ronald McDonald Houses remain the cornerstone program of RMHC with ten Ronald McDonald Houses in Australia. Ronald McDonald House, Townsville, will be number 11.</p>
<p>About Alcatel</p>
<p>Alcatel provides communications solutions to telecommunication carriers, Internet service providers and enterprises for delivery of voice, data and video applications to their customers or to their employees. Alcatel leverages its leading position in fixed and mobile broadband networks, applications and services to bring value to its customers in the framework of a broadband world. With sales of EURO 12.5 billion in 2003, Alcatel operates in more than 130 countries. For more information, visit Alcatel on the Internet: http://www.alcatel.com.</p>
<p>About Ronald McDonald House Charities Australia</p>
<p>Ronald McDonald House Charities support Ronald McDonald Houses in Australia and other programs that help seriously ill children live happier, healthier lives. The cornerstone program of RMHC is Ronald McDonald House. Attached to major hospitals, Ronald McDonald Houses are homes-away-from-home for seriously ill children and their families. They give families the opportunity to stay together to support their sick child who is undergoing treatment.</p>
<p>In addition to the Houses, RMHC is committed to other programs which support seriously ill children and their families including RMHC Care-By-Parent-Units, which provide accommodation for the families of seriously ill children who no longer require intensive care treatment but who still need hospital care.</p>
<p>Press Contacts</p>
<p>Anna Perrin Tel: (02) 8306 5575 anna.perrin@alcatel.com.au
Gwen John Tel: (02) 9555 1256 gwen.john@somethinginventive.com.au</p>

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