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IT industry urged to help disadvantaged children
London, UK, 21 January 2002: The all-new IT Relief website ( http://www.itrelief.org ) goes live on Thursday, 24 January to mark the relaunch of the charity itself.
IT Relief was initially established in 1996 to support Comic Relief, but later went on to work with other charities and good causes, particularly those in the UK.
And today, under new chairman John Cavill, IT Relief is expanding its range of activities and opening up more opportunities for everyone working in IT to give something back to society.
John Cavill said: "Our basic mission has not changed, but today, with a new website and a revised constitution, our goals are more ambitious than ever before."
He added: "We aim to extend the scope of our fundraising to include more events and encourage new means of participation, to extend the reach of IT Relief into IT departments in companies outside of the IT industry and to 'touch' more lives through our combined efforts."
Fundraising events in the pipeline include a five-a-side football tournament on 27 January, which will see more than 30 teams battle it out for the prestigious IT Relief Challenge Cup, and a trek down the Three Gorges of China’s Yangtze River in November 2002.
IT Relief's aim is to encourage IT companies to work together in raising funds and donating IT equipment and services for worthwhile causes involving disadvantaged children.
This objective has resulted in a charity called KIDS (see http://www.kids-online.org.uk) being selected as IT Relief's primary beneficiary. KIDS is a national charity that works in partnership with parents and carers to enable children with special needs or disabilities to develop their skills and abilities.
John Cavill will be trekking through the rain forests of Costa Rica in aid of KIDS during March this year to set an admirable example to anyone struggling with their conscience - and fitness!
The revamped website ( http://www.itrelief.org ) will carry full details of all the charity's fund-raising activities. These include:
* A five-a-side football tournament
The first IT Relief five-a-side football tournament will be held at Powerleague in Slough on Sunday 28 January 2002, when more than 30 teams will do battle against their industry colleagues to win the IT Relief Challenge Cup.
* Three Gorges Trek IT Relief is organising a trek through the Three Gorges of China’s Yangtze River in November 2002. This will be a spectacular, once in a lifetime opportunity to see a beautiful and remote part of the world - and raise money for a good cause in the process.
Many more fundraising events will take place throughout the year, providing individuals and companies with the chance to make a real difference.
For full details see http://www.itrelief.org .
About IT Relief
IT Relief is an IT industry focused charity dedicated to raising funds and donating IT products and services for worthy causes throughout the UK.
IT Relief is most closely associated with the annual IT Relief Charity Ball, which drew support from across all areas of the UK IT industry – manufacturers, resellers, distributors, integrators and the press – to raise money to implement IT projects for disabled children and their families.IT Relief was created specifically to encourage and unite those involved in the IT industry to work together in providing corporate donations and to encourage both company and individual fundraising activities for worthwhile causes.
About John Cavill
John Cavill has worked in the IT industry for over 30 years. In 1988 he founded and was chairman and managing director of Logical Networks plc. Logical Networks was acquired in 1998 by Datatec, a global networking services company and John subsequently joined Datatec’s main board. John is currently chairman of Creating Careers, a new e-learning company and undertaking doctoral research into senior management team competencies at Henley Management College.
He is also a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists
In 1995 John received an EFER (European Foundation for Entrepreneurial Research) award as ‘One of Europe’s Top 500 Dynamic Entrepreneurs’. In 1997 John raised over £5,000 in sponsorship for IT Relief by completing the London Marathon in a respectable time of four hours and 10 minutes!
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