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Australian IT distributors to raise $100,000 for bushfire victims

Australian IT distributors to raise $100,000 for bushfire victims

Synnex, BlueChip Infotech, Ingram Micro, Fortune Tec, Distribution Central dig deep to help those affected by the fires

Several distributors have pledged financial assistance to the victims of the fatal bushfires that devastated communities across Victoria this week.

Synnex has pledged $50,000 and also set up a $20,000 relief fund for its staff and their family and friends who have been affected by the fires. The distributor will also match staff donations dollar for dollar.

BlueChip Infotech will contribute a portion of its proceeds from its sales over the next couple days to the Red Cross Appeal.

Sales director, Ron Jarvis, said he hoped to exceed the company’s goal of raising at least $30,000.

“We’ve got many regional and rural customers throughout Victoria and we feel want to contribute something towards the community that have suffered from this tragedy,” Jarvis said. “It’s the country’s worst natural disaster and we want to be able to help in some way.

“Where we can, we’ve also helped resellers in doing their part in raising donations by giving product as well.”

Fortune Tec is also reaching into its pockets with staff agreeing to donate Friday’s wages.

“We have an Australia Post Office near us in Silverwater and we will just sum it up and bring our cheque,” managing director, Justin Hsu, said.

Ingram Micro also held a casual clothes day on Wednesday for staff with cash donations going to the Red Cross Appeal.

“The company will at least match what our staff donate and pass all proceeds onto the Red Cross appeal,” Ingram HR director, Raquel Casswell, said. “So many of our staff indicated to me how this tragedy has affected them.”

Distribution Central also confirmed it is putting up around $4000 to the Red Cross to help out.

Victorian resellers are offering their support by donating blood, money and clothing.

So far Australians have donated more than $30 million. Companies wanting to make a donation can email businesspartnerships@redcross.org.au or phone Daniel Murphy on (02) 9290 8943, Luke Gracie on (03) 9341 7520 or Nikki Williams on (03) 9341 7518.

Individuals can donate cash via the Red Cross website: www.redcross.org.au, or by calling 1800 811 700. The Red Cross has more than 400 staff working in conjunction with the Victorian emergency services to assist the bushfire victims.

Anybody wishing to volunteer should visit the Volunteering Australia website: http://www.govolunteer.com.au/volunteer/events.htm


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