Computer Donations to Local Schools

Farnborough Lions Quiz Night

As restrictions show signs of easing we are pleased to announce the Farnborough Lions Autumn Quiz Night being held on 16th October 2021.

For further details and to download an entry form click on the poster below. 

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Pictured are local Lions Club members with IT staff members at Aetna International at the donation of over 300 pieces of computer equipment for schools in the local area. 

Members of the local Lions Club with mdembers of the IT Team at Aetna International at the donation of hundreds of computer devices for local schools The donation was made through the Lions IT Refurbishment Project, led by the Lions Clubs in Farnborough, Fleet, Hart, Yateley, Hook & Odiham and Aldershot. 

The IT refurbishment project has been supplying much needed IT equipment to 56 schools in Rushmoor, Hart and Waverley areas at a rate of up to 200 devices per month throughout the pandemic. 

Aetna International, a leading provider of global health benefits based in Farnborough donated a total of 130 laptops, 30 desktops, 130 docking stations and many other pieces of IT equipment in response to the sustained demand for IT devices from school children and their families throughout the covid restrictions.

Even as schools begin to reopen across England, having suitable IT equipment at home will remain vital to ensuring children have access to education during local restrictions or should they need to self-isolate. Through the Lions’ IT Refurbishment Project, the equipment will be offered to schools on the recommendation of any teacher who believes a student requires additional IT support at home.

Aetna International’s IT team worked in partnership with the Lions to ensure the equipment would be ready for students to use immediately. This included fully replacing hard drives and upgrading internal components to make them Windows 10 compliant. All the equipment was also PAT tested (Portable Appliance Testing) to ensure it is safe for use before being allocated to students.

Damian Lenihan, Executive Director, Aetna International said: “We are delighted to be able to support our local schools and families with this much needed equipment. The pandemic has shone a light on the need for suitable IT equipment in our community, which can help to support the continuation of education now and in the future. We at Aetna International are pleased to be able to help students get the quality of education they deserve.”

Secretary of Farnborough Lions Club Richard Keeley added "We are extremely grateful to Aetna International for their donation to the IT Refurbishment Project. It is thanks to outstanding help like this that the Lions IT Team are able to to provide this level of educational support to local school children."

The Lions’ IT Refurbishment programme was first started in early 2019, to supply refurbished IT Equipment to disadvantaged families. The closure of schools has triggered an increase in demand for suitable devices to support students with their home learning. 

If you have an unused computer or tablet you'd like to donate please click here for details