IT departments sign up for a high time on the Three Peaks Challenge

The first IT departments have signed up to scale the heights in the CARE Three Peaks Challenge, organised by charity CARE International and supported by Computer Weekly.

The first IT departments have signed up to scale the heights in the CARE Three Peaks Challenge, organised by charity CARE International and supported by Computer Weekly.

The challenge invites teams from IT departments and companies to climb Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon in 24 hours to raise money for CARE International's overseas development work.

Places are set to get snapped up fast - particularly since the challenge team at CARE are rewarding keen "early birds" with a coveted choice of start time on the event, and a compass to each team that ­registers before the end of ­November.

One of the first teams to sign up was from CARE UK's own IT department. Senior technical analyst Rabih Arzouni said, "We have already got ourselves organised - deciding who will be co-ordinating what - fitness training plans, nutrition, fundraising etc.

"We have made a great start to adapting our eating habits, ditching the fast food for nutritious lunches and healthy snacks. We have joined our local gym and can't wait to start training. Not sure about those early winter starts, though!"

The CARE IT team of five walkers and two support crew is an international bunch, hailing from Bulgaria, South Africa, Nigeria, Tajikistan and Lebanon - coincidentally, all countries where CARE International operates development programmes.

CARE's new director of finance and IT, Mark Salway, said he fully supported his colleagues in their endeavours. "When I started a few weeks ago, the first thing the IT team talked about was the CARE Challenge - they are really excited about it and committed to helping CARE.

"I am 110% behind what they are trying to achieve - and good luck to them. I hope others from the IT community will be as enthusiastic, and will join us. I might even take part myself!"

CARE International is one of the world's top three aid agencies, fighting poverty and injustice in 70 countries around the world and helping 48 million people each year to find routes out of poverty.

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