MELBOURNE, Australia, March 24, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T* today announced it will celebrate its ongoing support for The Christina Noble Children's Foundation (CNCF) by placing the charity's logo on the AT&T Williams race cars during the Australian Grand Prix.
The visual representation of the charity will provide CNCF Australia with an opportunity to further raise awareness of its vital work during the race weekend, one of the highest profile sporting events held in Melbourne. The logo will be placed on the headrest of the AT&T Williams FW33 cars during the race weekend. More than 257,000 visitors are expected to attend the Albert Park circuit, and the event attracts a worldwide television audience of approximately 45 million people.
"We are excited to join with AT&T Williams and have this unique opportunity to highlight our Foundation," said Nick Pistolas, Director of The Christina Noble Children's Foundation. "Support from large scale organizations like AT&T helps us to achieve our mission to provide support to less-privileged children. Over the past six years, the number of beneficiaries has increased significantly. Australia is a key partner for CNCF in Vietnam & Mongolia and we hope this will help to raise our profile even further."
"We are thrilled to provide CNCF with international exposure through AT&T Williams," said Fred Girouard, managing director of AT&T Australia and New Zealand. "AT&T is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities and improving lives. CNCF does fantastic work and makes a meaningful contribution to helping a large number of children in Vietnam and Mongolia to get the skills, education and opportunities they need to succeed in life. We hope this initiative will help CNCF continue to garner support to further enhance the recognition they get for their important work."
Founded in 1991, The Christina Noble Children's Foundation is an International Partnership of people dedicated to serving underprivileged children with the hope of helping each child maximize their life potential. CNCF's programs in Vietnam and Mongolia seek to protect children at risk of economic and sexual exploitation, ensuring these and other children in need have access to basic care and educational opportunities. The program includes emergency and long-term medical care, nutritional rehabilitation, educational and vocational training and job placement. This is accomplished within the context of the family and the community whenever possible, and always with love and respect for the dignity of each child as an individual. CNCF Australia's office is located in Melbourne. This opportunity to be featured at the Australian Grand Prix has come at a great time for the Australia office as they prepare for a visit by the Founder, Christina Noble, in August of this year. Christina is visiting Australia to establish relationships with some of the many Australian companies working in Vietnam and Mongolia and will be the guest of honor at a Gala Event to be held on the 6th of August.
AT&T has been supporting CNCF for six consecutive years. In 2005, AT&T donated US$10,000 to a team that conquered Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa and the highest free-standing mountain in the world, to raise money for CNCF and to enhance its awareness. In 2006, AT&T Vietnam doubled the donation to US$20,000 to support the Educational Assistance Programme in Vietnam. AT&T donated a further US$70,000 to CNCF from 2007-2010 to help improve the lives of impoverished children in Vietnam.
AT&T is the title sponsor of the AT&T Williams team, and provides the team with a full suite of advanced IP-based communications solutions including a virtual private network that enables highly secure and reliable communications from the race track to the team's headquarters and other key locations. AT&T Williams is migrating its website (www.attwilliams.com) to AT&T Synaptic Hosting(SM), a complete hosting package built on a virtualized, scalable infrastructure, and AT&T's Intelligent Content Distribution Service (ICDS) to support its enhanced multifaceted global web presence. The team also installed the AT&T Telepresence Solution® at their UK headquarters and a unique travelling unit. The deployment of the AT&T Telepresence Solution provides the team with a fully managed, immersive high definition video conferencing service with the sensation of a "face-to-face" meeting. AT&T is also featuring Nick Pistolas, Director of The Christina Noble Children's Foundation, in the new AT&T Williams '60 seconds with...' online interview series, which profiles the most challenging and rewarding part of his job as well as what position he would choose to have if he could work in racing:
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About Christina Noble Children's Foundation
The Christina Noble Children's Foundation is an international partnership dedicated to serving children in need in Vietnam and Mongolia. Protecting children at risk of economic and sexual exploitation and providing emergency and long-term medical care, nutritional rehabilitation, education, vocational training and job placement, the Foundation seeks to maximise the potential of these children with love and respect for the dignity of each child as an individual. Please visit www.cncf.org for more information.
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