Please help me raise money for Action for Children #bytenight

by Justin Souter on August 10, 2009

BN09_Newcastle_esignature I’ve decided to take part in Byte Night, a rather good Tech Industry fund-raiser, probably because I’ve seen photos of Jenny Agutter in Computing each year, and think it might be a good laugh.

Speak it softly, but I’m sort of looking forward to donning a whole load of technical gear, as my interest in tech is not confining to IT! ;-D

The blurb from the AfC flyer for Newcastle reads:

"Each year, over 500 people from the IT and business community give up their bed for one night to experience a little of what it might be like to be homeless.

The money they raise helps Action for Children tackle the root causes of youth homelessness and gets thousands of children and young people off the streets and into secure accommodation with education and training opportunities.

Each year, at least 75,000 children and young people experience homelessness*; 1 in 3 attempt suicide† and 1 in 7 young runaways are physically or sexually assaulted (this figure rises to almost 1 in 2 after a week‡).

Byte Night is a unique event that takes place across the UK. In 2008, it raised £470,000. Now in its 11th year, it is one of the single biggest fundraisers for Action for Children.

Your support of Byte Night is vital to ensuring it continues to support the thousands of vulnerable young people Action for Children work with each year.

Byte Night sleepers range from systems developers to CIOs and business managers to marketers who regularly return each year for a rewarding and memorable experience."

I’m sure you’ll agree that this is an excellent cause, so "Do it, Do it – Do it now!"

Boilerplate from Just Giving, to put your mind at rest:

"Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity and make sure Gift Aid is reclaimed on every eligible donation by a UK taxpayer. So it’s the most efficient way to donate – I raise more, whilst saving time and cutting costs for the charity."

Thanks for reading and hope you feel you can contribute to Action for Children.

UPDATE 29/8:

  • For some reason, an html tag <p style="display: none"> had sneaked into this post, so there appeared to be no content. Hopefully you can see this now… :$
  • Also, the Byte Night website seems to be down / being worked on, so will keep you posted.

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