The great and the good from across the IT industry, including users, suppliers, politicians and consultants, generated £22,000 for severely disabled children at the IT industry's event of the year.
The money raised at the Intellect IT Industry Ball, supported by Computer Weekly and the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists, will go to providing an IT suite for Barnado's Spark Centre in East London, which caters for severely disabled children.
The evening's feasting, dancing and singing, together with fundraising through auctions, raffles and donations, will provide about six PCs and a server with software designed to help severely disabled children at the centre communicate more effectively.
Some of the children at the centre cannot speak or have very little movement, so special adaptive technology will offer them the potential to lead richer lives. Work on installing the kit is already underway.
"This was an excellent effort, and we are very pleased so much as been raised for Barnado's," said Peter Morgan, master of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists. Bob Harvey, the IT director of Barnado's, was equally fulsome in his praise.
At the event several hundred IT professionals wined, dined, danced and enjoyed fireworks and all the fun of the fair, including dodgems, a helter-skelter and sideshows.
The event took place in a huge luxury marquee erected in the heart of lawyers' London - Lincoln's Inn Fields. The ball, organised by IT suppliers' association Intellect, was sponsored by Barclays Bank, Microsoft, IBM, Sun Microsystems and Fujitsu.
An even bigger and more ambitious IT Industry Charity Ball will take place again next year. Potential sponsors are invited to contact Tina Compton at Intellect
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