I have always known that the industry we all work in is pretty special. UK technology folk have the drive and the passion to make a difference every day of their working lives.
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If you want proof, look no further than the news that a record number of people have registered for Byte Night, our annual fundraising event in aid of youth homelessness. With a few weeks to go before the event on 5 October, it’s great to announce that the charity sleep out has recruited almost 1,100 sleepers to take part in events in Belfast, Cambridge, London, Edinburgh and Thames Valley.
All the signs are that 2012 will also be a record-breaking year in terms of fundraising. All the money goes to Action for Children.
One great trend this year is that an increasing number of CIOs have signed up to sleep out as the word has spread within companies about the importance of giving back.
Since registration opened in May, Byte Night has seen a more than 40% increase on the same time last year. This is partly down to the incredible level of support that we receive from the technology industry across the UK.
Regional support has enabled us to grow year-on-year and, with the addition of Byte Night Belfast in 2012, this year is no different. Byte Night has had sleep-outs in regional centres for the last five years and each location is managed by its own board.
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Now the challenge is to make sure we capitalise on this opportunity and top our fundraising target of £5mn since the event began in 1998.
It would be fantastic to have an even greater numbers of people from the technology and business worlds working to help raise thousands of pounds to keep vulnerable young people off the streets and enable them to build better lives for themselves. Together we can make a difference. Please keep the registrations coming.
Ken Deeks is the founder of Byte Night. Since its inception in 1998, Byte Night has raised more than £4.3m towards Action for Children’s work providing vital help and support to vulnerable young people across the UK. Advice, budgeting skills and counselling, education and training programmes and vital accommodation are given to hundreds of young people at risk of homelessness every year. The Byte Night 2012 sleep out will take place on Friday 5 October. Sign up to sleep-out now at: www.bytenight.org.uk