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NGOs need IT equipment for Christchurch

NGOs need IT equipment for Christchurch

Donated hardware will be reimaged with free copies of Windows XP and Office 2007 Professional.

To support the Christchurch City rebuild, donations of computers, printers, mobile phones and networking equipment are needed. Tim Findlay, managing director, at Remarkit Solutions, says New Zealand Trade and Enterprise has already collected 500 personal computers (PCs), printers and networking devices, but many more are required.

“Non-government organisations (NGOs) are working hard to provide IT equipment to those who need it most – this may be because they lost some of their kit in the earthquake or can’t get access to existing equipment. The need to be connected is greater than usual and we have a fantastic opportunity to lend a hand,” says Findlay.

Brett O’Riley, CEO at NZICT Group, says Remarkit Solutions have put together a process for collecting, refurbishing (where required), tracking and distributing the hardware.

“It doesn’t matter what operating system the hardware is using, it can be refurbished,” he says. “It is a mark of the Kiwi spirit that everyone is willing to pitch in and assist during Christchurch’s time of need.”

The minimum specifications for donated hardware are: Pentium 4 3Ghz; 1Gb RAM; 80Gb Hard Disk Drive (HDD); DVD ROM.

The donated hardware will be re-imaged with free copies of Windows XP and Office 2007 Professional. Microsoft has waived all licensing fees..

As a Microsoft Approved Refurbisher, RemarkIT works to a set of criteria to ensure organisations qualify for the donated IT equipment. This criteria has been established by the NZ Federation of Voluntary Organisations who run the TechSoup programme for NGOs in New Zealand.

To donate IT equipment, contact Remarkit Solutions on 04 912 2020 or visit them at 130 Waterloo Quay, Wellington.

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