It's that time of year again, when the IT industry is asked to stop thinking profits and margins for a few minutes and to think about lending a helping hand.
This year, October will be the month for the Putting IT Back charity initiative, which began in 2000. The program sees IT&T organisations and their employees make donations to two selected children's charities, the Starlight Children's Foundation of Australia and Giant Steps.
Employees of IT companies are asked to pledge a day's pay or a nominated amount to the IT Fund for Kids, and their employers are asked to match their staff's contributions dollar for dollar, if not make an even more generous donation. The beneficiaries of the fund are seriously ill children (assisted by the Starlight Children's Foundation) and children with autism (assisted by Giant Steps).
Over 62 IT&T companies have participated in the scheme over the last two years, raising over $780,000 and helping 275 needy kids. Last year's participants included Dimension Data, AIIA, Business Objects, Check Point Software, Cisco, Citrix, Cognos, Cyberlynx, Dialog Information Technology, ecorp, eSign, Gartner, Howorth Communications, Intel, Intergraph, McCorkell & Associates, Manpower, Microsoft, ninemsn, Oracle, Packard Bell NEC, PC Authority, Powerlan, Solution 6 Group, Sun Microsystems, Tech Pacific, Technology Venture Partners, Telstra On Air, Veritas, Vodafone, Volante and Xpedite.
The charity hopes to do equally well this year, and aims to assist 85 children around the country by raising $350,000.
More info can be found at www.itfundforkids.com.