IT profession on board for the annual charity ball

This year's Intellect ICT Industry Charity Ball, backed by Computer Weekly and the Worshipful Computer Company of Information...

This year's Intellect ICT Industry Charity Ball, backed by Computer Weekly and the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists, aims to raise more than £30,000 to help autistic children.

The annual gathering of the great and the good from IT takes place on Thursday 8 July in a luxury marquee in the spacious grounds of the Honourable Artillery Company in the heart of the City of London.

As well as helping disadvantaged children, the several hundred IT professionals, both users and suppliers, who have already bought tickets are guaranteed a night of sophisticated revelry.

The theme for this year's glittering evening is "a night on the Orient Express", 1920s/1930s style, with celebrities, dancing, cocktails, a sumptuous dinner, fairground rides, entertainers and more, to provide an evening that the IT industry will not forget.

The money raised from this year's ball will provide an educational centre of excellence for the Treehouse Trust, a London-based charity which works with children with autism. The neurological disorder, which affects 1 in 110 children, impairs brain areas controlling language, social interaction and abstract thought, leading to communication problems.

Proceeds from the ball will fund a pilot project using IT to record and analyse the work undertaken with each child. This will enable charity staff to spend more time with the children and ensure that the programmes for each child are tailored to their individual needs.

Sponsors for this year's ball include IBM, Microsoft, Intel, Cable & Wireless, Messagelabs, Anite, Butler Group, Banner Corporation, and Orient Express Trains and Cruises.

Since its inauguration in 2000 the annual ICT Industry Charity Ball has raised in excess of £90,000 for various charities.

A table for 10 at the ball costs £1,450 plus VAT, although individual bookings are also welcome. For more information contact Tina Compton at Intellect

020-7395 6711

[email protected]

Last year's ball

At last year's Intellect ICT Charity Ball, also supported by Computer Weekly, more than 400 IT professionals raised £27,500 to provide an IT suite for Barnado's Spark Centre in Bethnell Green, East London, which caters for severely disabled children.

Some of the children at the centre cannot speak or have very little movement, but thanks to the money raised by the ICT Industry Ball, specialised adaptive technology is now offering them the potential to lead richer lives.

The Spark Centre IT suite was opened in February by Andy Serkis, the actor who played Gollum in the Lord of the Rings films.

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