Take a walk or sleep over to aid children’s charities

IT professionals wishing to take part in the outdoor approach to charity fund-raising, should mark two dates in September in their diaries.

IT professionals wishing to take part in the outdoor approach to charity fund-raising, should mark two dates in September in their diaries.

The first, on Sunday 17 September, is the occasion of this year’s the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists (WCIT) Charity Walk in aid of Barnardo’s, and the second, on Friday 22 September, is the opportunity to sleep out overnight to raise money for homeless children (see IT bosses preparing for Byte Night).

As well as being a family day out for IT professionals, this year’s ninth WCIT Charity Walk includes a new mixed-team Corporate Challenge comprising a series of army command tasks to test brains as well as bodies.

This annual event, which takes place on Sunday 17 September, is organised by the WCIT and is supported by Computer Weekly. It is based in the grounds, normally closed off to the public, of the Honourable Artillery Company, in the heart of London near Moorgate.

The event is family oriented, with plenty to do for children of all ages. Families have a choice of two walks through some of the most interesting parts of the City and return to live jazz, cream teas, a bouncy castle, morris dancers, clowns, a coconut shy, tombola, balloon race, gun shoot and refreshments. Entrance to the event costs £10 on the day for adults, or £5 if you pre-register, and children under the age of eight go free.

The structured walks range from a short two miles for children to an eight and a half mile walk for adults.

Several hundred people from across the IT community will be there. The money will be shared between the WCIT Charitable Trust and a Barnardo’s project based in Stepney which needs the money to set up an IT suite to help disadvantaged 14 to 16 year olds get a qualification.

If you want to do more than walk you can enter a team for the WCIT Corporate Challenge Trophy. This event, devised with army help, is for teams of five people, with mixed teams welcome. There are both morning and afternoon heats. Teams entered so far include Tarlo Lyons solicitors and IT consultancy Charteris.

To participate or find out more, visit: www.wcit.org.uk/walk


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