Why the Vista Client Beta 1 Install Fest

For those of you who are coming along to the Vista Client
Beta 1Install Fest I wanted to take a moment to highlight a few of the reasons
why I designed the event and am spending so much of my time organising it (with
the help of the TechNet team and others) for you…


Since joining the IT Pro team a year ago, there have
been a few things I have wanted to do… I have had so much support from
you, the community that I thought it was time to give something back. To this
end I wanted to put on a really cool event that would be fun and interesting –
okay I am a Nerd or Geek (take your pick
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at heart and so came up with the idea of the Install Fests. I plan (if you want
me to) to take this idea and repeat it for other occasions and maybe across the
country ney the world –
okay that might be a little ambitious, but I can dream….


A while ago I heard someone speaking and took away
from that occasion a simple phrase; “You never stand so
tall as when you bend down to help a child”. I have heard this several times
since and often wondered how I could stand tall… Then it came to me –
a start anyway. There are really 2 things I wanted to achieve when selecting
the charities for this event, firstly I wanted to give back to the local
community and beyond… I also realise that not everyone can or want to
give money, so I ask you all to donate at the event or otherwise to:


The Children’s
Miracle Network
and help make a difference to the children around us. Here
are some facts from their web

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hospitals provide state-of-the-art compassionate care for all children. They
are committed to serving children above all else.

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hospitals treat 17 million children each year for every disease and condition

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Miracle Network hospitals provide care and services; these non-profit
children's hospitals depend on community support.


                P style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>lease feel free to make any monetary donation at the event and your
contribution will be passed on 100% to the
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class=SpellE>Foodpath and help the community. Here are some href="http://www.foodpath.org/about.htm">facts from their website…


            class=SpellE>Foodpath collects and distributes over 200,000 kilograms,
(450,000 pounds), of food, through its food bank/distribution program each

distribution program supplies over forty food related programs in Peel, class=SpellE>Halton
, Oakville, Burlington, Hamilton, and the GTA.

            class=SpellE>Foodpath collects and distributes food and household goods
to over 5,500 Mississauga residents each month, of which 50% are children.


                P style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>lease feel free to donate any non perishable food items at the event
and your contribution will be passed on to the
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I look forward to seeing you all at the event!


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