Get ready for the Three Peaks Challenge

The CARE Three Peaks Challenge, in association with Computer Weekly, is looking for IT teams who want to do something different to raise money for charity.

The CARE Three Peaks Challenge, in association with Computer Weekly, is looking for IT teams who want to do something different to raise money for charity.

Last year's events raised thousands of pounds for a good cause and gave the teams taking part a weekend they won't forget in a hurry.

The challenge on 12 and 13 June will see teams of IT professionals climbing the three highest peaks in England, Scotland and Wales in 24 hours.

It's hard work in more ways than one, as each competing team needs to raise £6,000 before it can climb the mountains. But those who have taken part before say the work is more than worth it for the feeling of achievement.

It's an exciting challenge, and it helps to build team cohesion and co-operation. Plus, it gives team members a reason to get fit, out of the office and into some of the UK's most beautiful scenery.

CARE International is the world's third biggest aid and development charity. It spends most of its budget on projects rather than marketing and advertising.

It works in 70 countries and its partnership with the IT industry doesn't stop at the Three Peaks Challenge. It uses technology in a range of innovative ways to help people, both in its day-to-day work and in resettling people and rebuilding communities after a disaster. It is using GPS technology and Google Maps to help deal with the chaos in the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake, with the technology locating and mapping where buildings once stood and where rebuilding should take place. It successfully used this method in Sri Lanka after the 2006 tsunami.

Internet and communication technologies are playing an increasingly vital role in helping people living in war or disaster zones to communicate with the outside world. Blogs from Gaza during conflicts with the Israeli army helped the few who could access the necessary IT give people in Gaza a voice, and communicate their experiences.

Agencies like CARE increasingly rely on and appreciate the ability of technology to solve growing numbers of development problems, so it places a high value on its links with the IT industry. In the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake, the charity's big priority was to get its own IT specialist into the country from the US to set up VoIP phones and satellite communications.

Any team of IT professionals that would like to support CARE's vital work by taking part in the exciting Three Peaks Challenge can get involved by visiting the 2010 challenge website or calling the CARE Challenge team on 020 7934 9470.

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