Travel Counsellors recently made a large donation of working desktop computers and other hardware to local not-for-profit organisation PCs for Kids, a group that collects and refurbishes hardware ready to be made available to physically, mentally or economically disadvantaged children and elderly people.
With the Travel Counsellors head office undergoing a major IT upgrade, all members of the head office team have started using docking laptops instead of desktop computers. As a result of this major technology overhaul, the Travel Counsellors team were left with many desktop computers that were in good working order.
With an estimated 3 million Australians considered to be at a digital disadvantage, the need for digital inclusion is growing in importance as more and more technological developments occur. With digital inclusion closely linked to social inclusion, having access to technology has significant social, education, health and financial benefits. Despite this, many members of the community are being left behind and are missing out on the opportunities for connection and enrichment that come with having regular access to a computer.
By contributing a substantial amount of working desktop computers and other useful hardware to PCs for Kids, Travel Counsellors has not only been able to reduce tech waste that often ends up in landfill, but also contribute to the ongoing enrichment of marginalised children’s lives.
David Hughes, Managing Director of Travel Counsellors Australia comments, “While our recent IT upgrade represented a significant investment in our workplace, one of the best parts of this process was making this contribution to PCs for Kids. I’m thrilled that we can assist those in need in this small way, and hope that everyone that ends up with one of our desktops enjoys the opportunities to learn and connect that come with having access to a computer,” says David.