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Sleep out with the IT crowd

June 01 2009
Techies raise money to support young homeless people Executives from some of Scotland's leading companies will be swapping their business suits for a sleeping bag to spend a night under the stars to help improve the lives of young homeless people. Byte Night 2009, the annual sleep-out event organised by the leading charity Action for Children, aims to raise money and increase awareness of the plight of young homeless Scots. The charity is encouraging business and IT professionals to register now to take part in the October sleep-out. It follows last year's inaugural Scottish event and builds on the success of what is a well-established UK-wide effort, with sleep-outs taking place in London, Reading and Manchester. The aim is to raise a total of £500,000 to support work with young homeless people. The Scottish sleep-out is being organised by a committee of leading business people and they are aiming to recruit 100 sleepers to take part. People can register, donate or simply find out more about the event by logging on to The Scottish sleep-out has already attracted teams from Adventi, BDO Stoy Hayward, Ernst & Young, Falkirk Council, HBOS, Indigo Vision and Lloyds TSB. Robert Heggie of BDO Stoy Hayward and a member of the Scottish organising committee said: "These are tough times for business but we have been greatly encouraged by the enthusiastic response we've received already from people to take part in Byte Night. The business and IT community understands the importance of continuing to support events like Byte Night and we are hoping this is going to be a record year for the number of sleepers we attract. "All the information people need about the sleep out is available on the website. Please check it out and help us do as much as we can to support young homeless people make the best of their lives." The Scottish sleep-out takes place at Edinburgh's Holyrood Park on 2nd October and will be preceded on the night by a welcome event hosted in the Scottish Parliament building.