FRAMINGHAM 7 FEBRUARY 2011 - Australia's IT community has banded together to donate surplus computer equipment to schools and small businesses affected by last month's flooding in the state of Queensland.
The Queensland IT Flood Relief program was established by Datacom Group Ltd. employee Lewis Benge, who saw the potential for one company's IT trash to become treasure for Queenslanders who had lost everything in the raging waters.
"I was sitting in my office and staring at a whole bunch of computers that were just about to be chucked out," Benge said. "I was thinking, all of these guys in Queensland have had their computers literally washed down the river, and we could help them out."
After the news of Benge's donations went viral on Twitter, he established a Web site to streamline the donation process.
So far, organizations have pledged PCs, Macs, printers and multifunction devices, and networking equipment, Benge said. (All donated equipment will be refurbished before delivery.) With donations streaming in, he said, the relief group now needs logistics equipment, such as palettes, to help transport the goods to Brisbane, Queensland's capital.
Datacom also is seeking IT professionals who can volunteer to help clean, repair or rebuild flooded equipment. The Queensland University of Technology is providing assistance for the project, with staff and students pledging their time as volunteers.
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