An annual sailing event held in Southampton last month raised some £5,000 for IT Relief and children's charity, KIDS.
The BT Syncordia Solutions Industry Sailing Challenge saw teams from IT companies take to the water in an attempt to raise funds for disabled and special needs children on behalf of IT Relief, the industry's charity initiative.
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Setting sail were crews from Siemens Communications, 3Com Europe, Cisco Systems, Ericsson, Lucent Technologies, Elan Computing, Enterasys (Cabletron), Data Integration and Equip Technology, while race sponsor, BT Syncordia Solutions, took home the winning honours.
Commenting on the challenge, Jason Ludlow of Events UK, who organised the race, said, "The teams, nearly all of whom were novices, competed really well in some of the most challenging and exhilarating sailing conditions over the bank holiday. I don't think they realised how well they had done and what they had all achieved, but they certainly had a good time supporting IT relief on the high seas."
Additional fundraising events are planned for the year. Further details are available at www.itrelief.org, or from the IT Relief hotline on 0704 4000 989.