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Tabloid briefs: IT pitches 1,2 & 3

Tabloid briefs: IT pitches 1,2 & 3

IT pitches in Part One

A big "good on you" to the Australian Computer Society and all involved in donating hardware and software to the Conference for Sustainable Devel-opment of East Timor.

The conference will be held in Dili in January and will bring together international development experts to discuss how to redevelop the colony after it struggled to gain independence from Indonesia.

The ACS organised and sent a shipment of about $20,000 worth of hardware and software to Dili to organise the conference, including three desktop personal computers, two laptop computers, a scanner, a fax machine and a modem. The hardware was donated by Western Mining (one must wonder what they're planning over in East Timor) while Microsoft donated software.

IT pitches in Part Two

Online entertainment and media company Tribe has decided to put its money into charity and is undertaking a big marketing campaign to help out Mission Australia.

Mission Australia is a community services organisation trying to assist the 46,000 odd homeless youth (aged 14-24) in the country by providing employment and other youth services.

Tribe has launched an online fundraising campaign through its youth portal sites to support the charity, and will donate $5 for every person who registers before the end of this week. The money will be allocated to the provision of crisis accommodation and support services for disadvantaged youth. Anybody who signs up on their local metropolitan Tribe site has a chance to win one of three PlayStation 2 consoles.

IT pitches in Part Three

Finally, a big "good on us" to Cisco Systems for helping out the Smith Family. Cisco has focused its corporate donations into the cause, and has built The Smith Family a new voice and data network as well.

All this work culminated in a Christmas hamper-packing session a few Tuesdays back, with 40 Cisco staff in Sydney and 10 in Canberra packing some goodies to help The Smith Family help the less fortunate. Cisco staff reported to Tabloid that the packing operation, which took place in a warehouse, was a lot of fun - a little concerning for Cisco's disties if the vendor gets a taste for it!


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