Computer Aid International invites IT world on fund-raising expedition

IT industry charity Computer Aid International is inviting IT professionals and PC enthusiasts to join a fund-raising expedition across the remote Simien Mountains in Ethiopia next year.

IT industry charity Computer Aid International is inviting IT professionals and PC enthusiasts to join a fund-raising expedition across the remote Simien Mountains in Ethiopia next year.

Every person who takes part will kit out an Ethiopian school with a complete suite of 20 PCs, providing around 1,000 children with the IT skills they will need to find work, access higher education or start a business.

The expedition will span nine days, from 28 February to 8 March 2009, with a full five days' trekking off the beaten track, with sight-seeing opportunities in Addis Ababa and historic Gonder.

Starting in the eucalyptus groves of Debark, the trekking party's route will include a trip through the Wazla Valley and a climb to Imet Gogo, the best known observation point in the Simien Mountains at 3,926m above sea level.

Participants will also get to visit a school using Computer Aid PCs, to see how their efforts will benefit children in the developing world.

Open to anyone of average fitness, IT professionals and PC enthusiasts can take part in the Ethiopia trek for £199, plus minimum sponsorship.

The sponsorship pays for Computer Aid's work in equipping Ethiopian schools with IT facilities and also meets the cost of flights, transport and accommodation.

Computer Aid will provide all participants with training and fund-raising help.

The challenge builds on the success of previous Computer Aid fund-raising events in Kenya, Cuba and Madagascar, which have together equipped over 80 schools and hospitals with IT facilities.

Louise Richards, CEO at Computer Aid International, said, "Around five billion people in the world have no access to IT equipment, but IT skills are vital to address the underlying causes of poverty in the developing world.

"By joining our Ethiopia adventure the IT industry can actively help Computer Aid provide Ethiopian schools with the hardware, training and support that we all take for granted in the UK."

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