Parties, product auctions and office barbecues have helped the Australian IT industry raise $215,000 for seriously ill and autistic children. The effort takes the running total for the fund, that was launched in 2000, to more than $1 million.
Staff from 26 companies took part in the Putting IT Back 2002 campaign, adding some creative ways of raising funds to the original idea of donating from their pay packets.
The money will be used to make a difference for 53 youngsters at the Starlight Children’s Foundation and the Giant Steps autistic school.
“It really has been a terrific effort again this year,” CEO of the Starlight Children’s Foundation, Jill Weekes, said. “We are delighted with the support the campaign has received and thank the IT community for its continued support.”
Weekes said the continued generosity was a testament to the strong community spirit that still existed despite testing market conditions.
Anybody who wishes to take part in the fourth annual Putting IT Back should call Claire Crawford at the Starlight Children’s Foundation on (02) 8425 5929.