Just to prove that computer geeks do have hearts as well as headaches, some of the biggest names in the local industry have joined forces to launch an IT charity fund.
The propeller-head powered charity group has given itself the moniker "Putting IT Back" and has decided to channel money into those extremely noble children's charity causes, The Starlight Children's Foundation and Giant Steps.
The Starlight Foundation is the group that grants wishes to seriously ill children while Giant Steps is a group that runs early intervention, therapeutic and educational programs for autistic children.
The 17th of November will see employees from the IT community generally contribute anywhere from a few dollars to a day's pay to help bring some cheer into the lives of seriously ill children.
The list of participatory companies reads a little like the weekly ARN index and for a good cause we don't mind giving them a plug here on what is the industry's singlularly most read page of print.
The initiative will involve the entire staff of IT companies including Com Tech Communications, IBM, Compaq, Optus, Cisco and Dell. Other participating companies to date include NEC/Packard Bell, Lucent, Lotus, MYOB, f2, Citrix, Powerlan, Volante, eSign, Sun, Professional Advantage, Davnet, Austar Pay TV, Web Methods, Quicken and eCorp.
Any other companies wishing to become involved can contact Penny Reading at the Starlight Foundation on (02) 8425 5908.