Overseas development agency CARE International and Computer Weekly are launching the CARE Three Peaks Challenge 2008, an outdoor mountain teambuilding challenge aimed at raising more than £120,000 for the charity's overseas work.
This tough 24-hour challenge, scheduled for the weekend of 7-8 June 2008 is open exclusively to corporate teams of professionals from the IT sector. The teams, of between five and seven walkers, will be given the task of climbing the UK's three highest standalone mountains - Ben Nevis in Scotland (1,344m), Scafell Pike in England (978m) and Snowdon in Wales (1,085m) within the 24-hour target time.
Each team will also be challenged with raising at least £6,000 for the charity in the months leading up to the event weekend.
Brian McKenna, editor of Computer Weekly, said, "We are proud to renew our association with CARE International, and are very much looking forward to working with CARE to help promote this event. We would urge anyone working in IT departments or IT companies to come on board and contribute to the excellent work of the charity."
Teams that sign up before the end of November will be rewarded with the additional incentive of an early start time on the event. Neil Munro, event manager at CARE International, said, "On such a large-scale event, teams are naturally keen to set off early on leg one - Ben Nevis - while they are feeling fresh and energetic. Also, although we do not actively promote the physical element of the event as a competition, psychologically I think teams of colleagues generally want to start first, especially where there is more than one team from the same company taking part."
In 2007, a total of 182 corporate teams across 12 events raised more than £1m for CARE International, and it is anticipated that the contribution made by the CARE Three Peaks Challenge in 2008 will help smash that total.