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Tech fun and frivolity funds 3300 meals for Kiwi kids

26 Jun 2015

New Zealand children in low decile schools will be receiving 3300 free meals thanks to the Kiwi tech sector, with around $5000 raised at last week’s Longest Lunch on the Shortest Day.

The Exeed event saw around 90 techies dress up in medieval costume for an afternoon of networking and fun, in a throwback to the infamous Cisco Long Lunches of old.

Techday had ten of it's team members in full costume dress at the event.

Suzanne Hansen, who organised the event, says attendees – from companies including Exeed, Westcon, HP and Cisco – dug deep for the day’s auctions.

“On the whole it was a great event,” Hansen says, while admitting the money raised was lower than had been hoped for.

“One of the objectives was to get everyone together to have fun again and we did that.

“It would have been nice if we had raised more money, but people were pretty generous with the auction.”

Hansen says feedback on the event has been positive, including one company which noted it had been a long time since the industry had seen such a fun event.

All profits from the ticket sales and auction have been donated to KidsCan NZ.

“Now the question is whether we do it all again next year?” Hansen says.

Photos: Doug Casement

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