Colleagues from across the IT industry are teaming up to support leading overseas aid agency CARE International by taking part in the annual CARE IT 3 Peaks Challenge on 12-13 June.
Once again, the challenge will see teams from across the IT sector taking on the three highest peaks in Scotland (Ben Nevis, 1,334m), England (Scafell Pike, 978m) and Wales (Snowdon, 1,085m) all in the target time of 24 hours. The event offers corporate teams a fantastic teambuilding and networking opportunity, with a well deserved dinner and awards following the challenge.
CARE is currently assisting the people of Haiti following the devastating earthquake on 12th January. This was the worst earthquake in the region for 200 hundred years, affecting 3 million people- a third of the population. An estimated 70,000 have died, with fears this could rise to 200,000.
CARE responded to the disaster immediately. The organisation has 133 staff based in Haiti, and has sent shelter and logistics specialists and a gender-based violence advisor to assist the response effort.
CARE began distributing aid within days, including water purification tablets, meals, high-energy biscuits, mattresses, hygiene kits, tarpaulins, mosquito nets, jerry cans and kitchen sets. CARE is working alongside other NGOs as members of the DEC (Disaster Emergency Committee), to ensure aid reaches the right places. CARE is already making plans for its post-disaster assistance in Haiti to last at least three years.
THOUGHTS FROM THE TEAM.
Team Leader Joanne Oakley, who is leader of a team from Harvey Nash, will be taking part in the IT 3 Peaks Challenge.
Joanne is looking forward to the event:
“I cant wait. I am very excited but there is a little bit of anticipation too. I have always wanted to do the 3 Peaks. I love physical challenges and this is also incorporating work and the IT industry and raising money for a very good cause so it’s the perfect event.”
Joanne is also pleased to know that the charity her efforts are supporting are working on the recent disaster in Haiti.