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27th May 2005 is national Silver Surfers’ Day (, allowing older people (50 and over) to find out how the Internet and email can enhance their lives. Haringey Libraries are participating in this event by offering free computer taster sessions throughout the day between 10am and 3pm at Marcus Garvey Library (Tottenham Green Leisure Centre).

The highlight at the end of the day will be a raffle giving away a number of computers, which have been recycled by local company The raffle will be open to current Silver Surfers’ members in Haringey and those who are participating in taster sessions on the day of the draw., a making company based at the Chocolate Factory in Haringey, have donated the computers to be made available to older people.

Peter Paduh, Managing Director of Limited said: ‘Annually an estimated two million working Pentium, or equivalent PCs, are dumped in landfill sites in the UK. We are calling upon London businesses to consider donating some of their obsolete equipment to benefit the community. There are thousands of older people on low incomes who cannot afford to buy a computer for home use but who could benefit from having one. There is clearly a need for these items in Haringey, London and throughout the UK.’

Executive Member for Community Involvement, Councillor Lorna Reith, said: ‘This event links Haringey Libraries’ work in improving older people's access to ICT with raising awareness about recycling and recycled products available locally. Haringey Council has set itself an ambitious target to recycle18% of all waste produced in Haringey. Reusing computers not only helps to protect the environment, but also contributes towards bridging the digital divide between those who have access to ICT and those who don’t.’

Haringey Libraries are offering free weekly Silver Surfers’ Courses at all branches. These sessions introduce older people to the Internet and email, enabling them to stay in touch with friends and family, access public services over the Internet or research their favourite subjects. Courses are very popular and anyone interested should contact their local branch for details on how to join.


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