ICT Charity Ball is one of the best parties of year

IT professionals certainly know how to party. Last year's Intellect ICT Industry Charity Ball, supported by Computer Weekly,...

IT professionals certainly know how to party. Last year's Intellect ICT Industry Charity Ball, supported by Computer Weekly, raised £50,000 for autistic children and was a "Best party event of the year" finalist in the Corporate Events Association 2004 Awards.

This year's ball, which takes place on London's South Bank on Thursday 7 July, aims to exceed that sum. The funds raised will go to help seriously ill children through the Starlight Children's Foundation.

The charity has found that about one-third of children's requests are for computers and IT-related equipment, which is where money raised from the ball will be targeted.

Last year's ball, themed "A night on the Orient Express", raised just over £40,000. This was boosted to £50,000 by a donation from the Worshipful Company of Information Tech-nologists Charitable Trust.

The money is being used to improve the understanding and treatment of autism through advanced mobile data collection and analysis.

This year's charity ball is again organised by IT suppliers' organisation Intellect and the IT livery company, the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists, with Computer Weekly as media sponsor.

Other sponsors this year include Atos Origin, EDS, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, OKI and SX3.

Tables are already being booked for this year's ball, and cost £1,950 for 10 places.

For more information contact Tina Compton at Intellect 

E-mail:  tina.compton@intellectuk.org

Tel:  020-7395 6711

Diary dates

26 June: The eighth WCIT Charity Walk

A family-oriented walk in the City of London for IT professionals, organised by the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists.

16-17 July: Vanco Three Peaks Challenge

24-hour sponsored climb up Ben Nevis, Snowdon and Scafell Pike.

September: ByteNight

Charity sleep-out in London one Friday night in September (date to be confirmed) to help raise funds for charity NCH.

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