Action for Children is seeking 700 ‘techies’ to sleep on the streets for a night in order to experience “what it would feel like to be homeless”. Byte Night is an annual fundraiser involving IT staff and IT contractors. Senior executives from HP, BT and Dell have already asked their staff to join them on the outdoor sleep alongside IT recruiters and politicians. All IT companies, large and small, are requested to become involved. The sponsored sleep-outs will take place on October 2nd in London, Manchester and Edinburgh.
The aim is to tackle the issue of homelessness among young people and the event has grown considerably since it was launched by 30 technical workers back in 1998. £470,000 was raised by the event last year and it is hoped that this year they can beat the recession and raise £500,000. Suggested sponsorship is £500-£2000 for an individual and £2,500-£5,000 for a team. This is a charity event but it is also likely to be a great networking opportunity for IT contractors and permanent staff alike.
Founder of the event, Ken Deeks, had this to say, “With the country engulfed in a recession, many have predicted this year will be a tough one for fundraising. However, when it comes to the tech industry, the appetite for charitable giving is higher than ever.”
Action for Children Director, Polly Neate added, “The event has allowed us to continue to provide safe and secure accommodation to vulnerable youngsters at risk of homelessness. The continued support from the tech industry is second to none.”