Have a ball and help children

Don't miss the IT social event of the year. As John Riley explains, it is also an opportunity to help isolated children who care...

Don't miss the IT social event of the year. As John Riley explains, it is also an opportunity to help isolated children who care for sick and disabled adults to get support through an IT network

Computer Weekly is to offer the chance to edit one of its issues in an effort to help raise £50,000 for disadvantaged children.

Several hundred IT professionals will attend a charity gala ball in London in July, and Computer Weekly's editor Karl Schneider is to offer a chance to guest edit the magazine for a week in a charity auction at the event.

The ball, which takes place on Thursday 18 July at Lincoln's Inn Fields, aims to be the highlight of the IT community's social year.

It is organised by City livery company the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists and Intellect, the 1,200-strong IT suppliers' trade association formed from the recent merger of the Computing Services and Software Association and the Federation of the Electronics Industries.

Computer Weekly is actively drumming up support from IT departments across the UK. "Computer Weekly believes passionately that IT can and should play a role in improving people's quality of life," said Schneider. "This is a great opportunity for IT professionals to make a difference - and have a great time in the process."

Cash raised at the circus-themed ball, which will take place in a luxury marquee in the heart of lawyers' London, will help to set up an IT infrastructure to support children of school age who care for sick or disabled parents or family members.

Another beneficiary will be the Children's Leukaemia Trust, a charity that funds the research and treatment of childhood cancer.

"We are delighted to be able to help the children in our society in such a positive way," said John Carrington, master of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists. "By holding this ball we are presenting the IT community with the chance they are looking for to give back to the wider community and have some fun while doing so."

About 300 people have already signed up from across the industry - users, suppliers, consultants, analysts and their partners - for an evening featuring celebrities, fairground rides, entertainers, fireworks and dancing, all for the most worthy of causes.

Where will the money go?
Cash raised from the ball will go towards an IT infrastructure to help the estimated 300,000 school children in the UK who have to care for sick or disabled family members. It will allow the National Children's Homes Young Carers Projects to provide these children with access to PCs so that they can develop IT skills, communicate with others and become less isolated. The money will also be shared with the Children's Leukaemia Trust.

How can I get a ticket?
There are still some tables available, as well as individual places (at £145 + VAT). This includes a champagne reception, three-course dinner, unlimited wine and beer, entertainment, music and dancing. You are sure to meet like-minded people there, so dust down your dinner jacket or gown and contact

Tina Compton on 020-7395 6711 for your ticket, or e-mail [email protected]

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