Members of the IT community are being urged to give their full backing to the fourth Putting IT Back campaign. The fund has already raised about $1 million for seriously ill children but the annual total has fallen steadily every year.
Now Starlight Children’s Foundation CEO, Jill Weekes, has called for a renewed effort and set this year’s bar at $300,000.
Anybody who wishes to take part is asked to contribute one day’s pay to the fund or they can make as large or small a donation as they see fit.
All proceeds go the Starlight Children’s Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation that runs a number of programs to distract children and their families from illness, and Giant Steps, which runs a life skills program for Autistic children.
Since its inception in 2000, Putting IT Back has helped brighten the lives of 218 children.
“It’s easy for the corporate community to get wrapped up in targets and figures related to its own interests but this is a chance for us to work together towards a common goal,” Microsoft Australia managing director, Steve Vamos, said.
“These organisations are still in desperate need of support to continue their marvelous work. I urge people to join up now and start making a difference.”
To find out how to participate, contact Claire Crawford at the Starlight Children’s Foundation on (02) 8425 5929. Further information is available at www.itfundforkids.com.au