More corporate IT teams sign up to scale UK’s highest peaks for charity

There are now 19 teams signed up for the CARE Three Peaks Challenge, organised by charity CARE International and supported by Computer Weekly.

There are now 19 teams signed up for the CARE Three Peaks Challenge, organised by charity CARE International and supported by Computer Weekly.

The challenge, to be held on 7-8 June, is a chance for teams from IT departments and companies to climb Britain's three highest peaks - Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon - in 24 hours.

Money raised by teams will help support CARE International's overseas development work. The charity is one of the world's top three development organisations, and is working in more than 60 countries to help fight poverty.

Companies signed up so far include IOP publishing, Woolf, Capgemini, Charles Taylor Consulting and CfBT Education Trust.

One team taking part, from services supplier CSC, has already raised more than £4,000.

CSC solutions architect Shelley Chuong said, "As a team of CSC graduates relatively new to the IT industry, we saw this as an exciting opportunity to represent CSC in an unusual way. The event will be a true team challenge, in both physical and fundraising aspects, albeit one we expect to be highly rewarding once complete.

"Our fundraising is going from strength to strength. After initial pleas to our friends, family and colleagues, sponsorship has been gathering speed and, together with full support from CSC's directors and management teams, we have been able to raise a substantial amount.

"Having had a fully indulgent Christmas and New Year break, we have all stamped training high on our list of New Year's resolutions. Vices are out the window, with Carl, our only smoking member of the team, going cold turkey and quitting the habit."

Another participant, Steven Perrott, an IT specialist at FMC, is taking part for a 13th consecutive year. "These challenges are not team-building events for the faint-hearted, they are truly for people who want to excel and succeed in the extraordinary," he said.

How to book your place on the three peaks challenge

The CARE Three Peaks Challenge, scheduled for the weekend of 7 to 8 June 2008, is open exclusively to corporate teams of professionals from the IT sector and IT companies.

The teams, of between four and six walkers, will be given the task of climbing the UK's three highest stand-alone mountains - Ben Nevis in Scotland, Scafell Pike in England and Snowdon in Wales - within 24 hours.

If you and your colleagues have what it takes, visit the CARE Challenge website, where you can register your team, or find like-minded people to build up your team on the Sole Mates networking forum. Alternatively, you can call the CARE team on:

  • 020 7934 9470

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