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According to a recent survey up to 57% of the over 50 age group feel that the use of the internet has opened up new experiences for them. However only up to 35% of the older generation are currently taking advantage of what the internet offers. When asked what they most enjoyed doing online playing games and staying in touch with relatives were popular answers, some visit chat rooms on a regular basis and up to 7% are looking for love. ( )

27th May 2005 was national Silver Surfers’ Day (, which gave older people (50 and over)a chance to find out how the Internet and email can enhance their lives. Haringey Libraries participated by offering free computer taster sessions throughout the day at Garvey Library (Tottenham Green Leisure Centre). A surprising number of older people are interested said that once introduced could not imagine life without the internet.

The highlight at the end of the day was a raffle giving away a number of computers, which have been donated by local company This is a company based at the Chocolate Factory in Haringey, which recycles and reuses redundant IT equipment. The raffle was open to current Silver Surfers’ members in Haringey and those who participated in taster sessions on the day of the draw.

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.’

Councillor Lorna Reith (Lead member for Community Involvement) said: "Improving services to all sections of our communities is a top priority for Haringey Council, and helping older people bridge the 'digital divide' is part of that. Many older people could benefit from a computer. Our libraries provide free internet access and help getting to grips with new technology.

"We are delighted to be working with Maxitech. Recycled equipment is not only cheaper for local residents it also helps in protecting our environment"

The details of the next Maxitech and Haringey Libraries Silver Surfers computer raffle will be announces shortly.

With initiatives such as this a broader audience can be reached who otherwise may not have been able to make use these facilities. In addition to providing businesses a chance to recycle their redundant computers in a socially and environmentally friendly manner, Maxitech is dedicated to helping society as a whole; Age Concern is another event with which Maxitech is involved donating recycled computers to older people on low income in London.

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