SYDNEY, Australia, 14 March 2005
With only one week left to prove your brainpower in the IT Fund for Kids 'Know IT All' IQ test, Microsoft Australia is throwing down the gauntlet to the Information Technology (IT) industry by urging people to “pay to play” the online IQ test. The aim of the test is to discover the individuals with the highest IQ who will represent their workplace in the IT Industry company challenge on 1 April to raise money for the Starlight Foundation's IT Fund for Kids.
Steve Vamos, Microsoft Australia Managing Director and IT Fund for Kids ambassador said, “Over the past five years, more than 80 companies and organisations including Gartner, Citrix and the AIIA have all supported The Starlight Foundation. This year, it would be fantastic if employees from every technology company in Australia rallied around this great cause and put their money where their mouths are by participating in the IQ test.”
From now until the 21st of March, people can log online to the IT Fund for Kids website www.itfundforkids.com.au and pay $8.25 to participate in the IQ test. Money raised will assist Australia's seriously ill and autistic children.
On April 1 the Starlight Foundation is also holding a fundraising quiz dinner at the Four Points Darling Harbour in Sydney where companies can book tables to compete to find out which company really has the smarts.
Microsoft Australia will be flying its 10 brightest employees who have competed in the online test to the ‘Know IT All' fundraising quiz dinner.
“’The Know IT All' challenge is a great idea that taps into the competitiveness in the IT industry. It provides us all with an opportunity to get involved, have fun and put back into the lives of seriously ill children who have to face the hardest test of all - spending most of their lives in hospital,” Mr Vamos said.
The funds raised will go towards the purchase of 31 new mobile entertainment units at a price of $10,000 each and will be distributed Australia wide. Each entertainment console caters to a wide range of age groups with a variety of pre-loaded games and ninety-six movie titles and can be wheeled directly to the child's bed.
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About the IT Fund for Kids
The IT Fund for Kids is a national fundraising initiative supported by Australia's IT&T community, with proceeds from employees and their organisations funding programs to improve the quality of life of seriously ill and autistic children. For more information please visit www.itfundforkids.com.au.
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