Channel lovin’

Channel lovin’

Vendors, distributors and resellers came out of their closets recently to celebrate the bizarre love triangle that is the Australian IT industry.

The annual LAN Lunacy bash, held in Sydney, was hosted by distributor LAN Systems. Sponsored by CheckPoint and Nokia, the event is always a favourite on the IT social calendar.

Many of the 350 local IT figures that turned out for the annual party, which was themed ‘Channel Sutra — the Bizarre Love Triangle’, were barely recognisable. Lucky for them.

Comindico’s Tony Hayward, Danielle Street and Jason Jurin were among those raising a few eyebrows when they arrived dressed as master, slave and dominatrix.

Cisco’s Anthony Miller, along with LAN Systems’ Leigh Howard and Charles Wellington, came dressed to the nines as the swashbuckling Three Musketeers.

Indian Raj doormen, a living Krishna statue and henna tattooists entertained the crowds but it was the belly dancers and contortionists that really made lasting impressions on the guests.

LAN Systems general manager, Nick Verykios, was rumoured to have found his path to spiritual enlightenment with a belly dancer. CheckPoint’s Scott McKinnel and his harem of six women also appeared to have transcended to a different plain when they commandeered the dance floor. Many guests were reported to have experienced epic journeys home.

The fundraising event raised $3000 for the Here For Life teenage suicide prevention charity.

Cash was collected through gold coin donations, games of pool, the Nortel-sponsored shots bar and a raffle.

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