Monday, August 21, 2006

Rounders event a big hit!

Congratulations to PR agency Brands 2 Life who walked off with the glittering 'Ballon D'or' trophy from our charity rounders tournament last Thursday evening in a gloriously sunny Hyde Park.

Hard luck to the nearly-men and women from Inferno who were the beaten finalists on the night. They gave a great account of themselves with bat and ball but in the end were no match for the big hitters from B2L.

Other teams competing on the night were Berkeley, Cohn & Wolfe, Hotwire and Lewis, alongside teams of journalists from and ZDNet UK. Everybody present helped make it a great night and many were still around when things starting getting messy in the small hours of the morning somewhere in Soho (which all set the training back a good few weeks...)

Most importantly, thank you to all the teams who took part and helped to raise £1,500 for Computer Aid International – we were delighted with our first fundraising event and we can only hope that our future events will be attended with the same level support and enthusiasm for what we're trying to achieve for a very worthwhile cause.

Did somebody say pub quiz...? Bring it on...

Friday, August 11, 2006

Charity Rounders match taking shape

Our first fundraising event is looking like it's on course to be a big success. We've got six PR companies signed up for a charity rounders tournament on Thursday evening in Hyde Park.

Those companies are Berkeley, Brands2Life, Cohn & Wolfe, Hotwire, Inferno and Lewis - so thanks to everybody at those agencies who have signed up to play.

We also have a sponsor for the event with agreeing to stump up some prizes and a trophy for the winning team.

Now we just have to hope for good weather. Fingers crossed.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Welcome to our Blog!

Welcome to the Computer Aid/CNET Cycle challenge Blog!

This site is intended to provide sponsors, friends and family with an update on how our training and fundraising is going for the big challenge next year.

As you might know Helen Cooke, Will Sturgeon and Andrew Donoghue are taking on a cycle challenge on 2 February 2007 to raise money for the IT charity Computer Aid. Computer Aid takes donated PCs and refurbishes them for use in developing countries which stops them ending up in landfill and provides much needed educational technology to schools and other organisations.

Our 400Km cycle from Mount Kenya, the second highest mountain in Africa, to Lake Victoria, will cross some pretty rough terrain with temperatures over 30 degrees most of the time. But we think it’s going to be worth it as, with your help, we’re aiming to raise enough money to set up at least five computing centres in Kenyan schools. We’re hoping to raise £10,000 for this unique and important charity.

You can sponsor us quickly, easily and securely here:

Andrew (ZDNet UK) and Will ( are technology journalists and will be writing about the training and preparation for the trip, as well as trials and tribulations of the challenge itself on their respective sites.

If you want any more information on the challenge and why you should contribute send an email to: or visit

You can also find out why Computer Aid’s campaign to close the digital divide between developed and developing nation’s is so important at: