Care International

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’S WORK

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.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

CARE Challenge Manager, Neil Munro, says “People are often moved by poverty and suffering they see on the news, but it’s difficult to know how to help. The CARE IT 3 Peaks Challenge offers people in the IT industry the opportunity to turn their good will into concrete results, supporting CARE’s work not just in Haiti but in over 70 poor countries worldwide. It’s a chance to challenge yourself and challenge poverty.”

Funds raised will directly support CARE’s work. Ninety pence per pound raised for CARE goes to support poverty fighting programmes overseas- making every bead of sweat worthwhile!

If you and your colleagues want to take on a challenge with the added benefits of teambuilding, networking and tremendous fun, all for a good cause, visit www.carechallenge.org.uk/IT or call the CARE Challenge team on 020 7934 9470.

To help CARE’s Haiti appeal directly, visit https://www.secure.careinternational.org.uk/haiti-earthquake-appeal.

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