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Computer Aid International has been Named as Event Charity

Computer Aid International has been Named as Event Charity










London (PRWEB) September 22, 2006

Computer Aid International, the world’s largest and most experienced not-for-profit supplier of professionally refurbished computers to schools and community organisations in developing countries has been adopted by LinuxWorld 2006 as the charity of the event. Computer Aid International will be exhibiting at the show and is inviting organisations to make a difference to the lives of children in the developing world by supporting the charity through donations of Pentium 3 and Pentium 4 PCs as well as old mobile phones and unwanted printer cartridges.

“Over the past year, we have become victims of our own success, and now find ourselves unable to keep pace with the demand for PCs from schools and community organisations in developing countries. People are beginning to realise the value that IT can bring to a country – and it starts with education,” explained Tony Roberts, CEO, Computer Aid International. “By exhibiting at LinuxWorld we can reach the decision makers in orgnanistaions and encourage them not to simply sell or store old PCs but to donate them to us thereby giving vital education skills to children in Kenya, Ethiopia, Chile and Zambia, to mention but a few.”

Since 1997, Computer Aid has refurbished and distributed 75,000 PCs to 106 countries with donations from British Airways, Ford, Virgin Travelstore, Honda Formula 1, the National Audit Office and Packard Bell.

“Over two million useable PCs are currently thrown away every year by UK businesses. If organisations can send Computer Aid a fraction of these PCs it can make a real difference,” commented Sarah Williams, event director, Turret Group, who is organising the event.

“We hope that the exposure at this year’s show will help the charity to meet this demand and moreover support their ‘Make IT Happen’ campaign which has a target of refurbishing 100,000 PCs by its 10th anniversary next year.”

Computer Aid International also collects unwanted printer cartridges and mobile phones in recycling boxes provided by the charity. Once full, Computer Aid’s partner, Reclaim IT will collect the box and donate approximately £25 to the charity. This money goes towards helping the Computer Aid to pay for the cost of collection, professional refurbishment, upgrading, cleaning, packing and shipping of donated PCs to developing countries.

To take part in the scheme please contact Computer Aid 020 7281 0091.

NOTES TO EDITORS

About IDG World Expo

IDG World Expo produces technology-focused tradeshows, conferences and events for professionals seeking world-class education, peer-to-peer networking and one-stop comparison shopping. As the leading technology event management company, IDG World Expo leverages its experience and knowledge of technology-focused events and conferences, enabling technology companies to capture the attention and loyalty of influential buyers. IDG World Expo is a business unit of IDG, the world’s leading technology media, research and event company.

About Linux World

LinuxWorld is held in 12 countries and there are 15 shows (2 per year in the US, Japan, and in China; 1 each in Canada, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Germany, UK, Italy and Netherlands.

About Turret Group

Turret Group is an event organiser based in West London. Formerly Turret RAI plc, the company organises trade shows, conferences and publishes specialist magazines and directories.

About Computer Aid International

Computer Aid International is a registered charity (no 1069256) and the world’s largest and most experienced not-for-profit supplier of professionally refurbished computers to developing countries.

Since it shipped the first PCs in 1997, Computer Aid has provided over 75,000 PCs to organisations in more than 100 different developing countries and to schools in the UK. Based in London, Computer Aid International fully tests, professionally refurbishes, upgrades, packs and ships Pentium 3 and Pentium 4 computers donated by UK companies for re-use in schools and not-for-profit organisations overseas.

Computer Aid International is committed to providing the highest level decommissioning service to its UK computer donors and to delivering the highest quality refurbished computers to recipient organisations overseas. PC donors in the UK include British Airways, Ford, Virgin Travelstore, Honda Formula 1, the National Audit Office, Royal Mint, Packard Bell and Christian Aid.PC distribution in developing countries is achieved through strategic partnerships with partners such as SchoolNet Africa, British Council, UN-Habitat, and the national Computers for Schools programmes of Chile, Kenya, Zambia and other countries.

Media contact:

Sarah-Anne Bray / Kathryn Cotsworth

Wildfire PR

0208 339 4420

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