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Lenovo teams with Ronaldinho to fundraise for Make-A-Wish

   

Sydney – November 27, 2006 - Lenovo is supporting the Make-A-Wish Foundation at the Signature of Sydney gala event silent auction on December 12 with the donation of a Lenovo 3000 series laptop that has been personally signed by international soccer legend, Ronaldinho.

The Ronaldinho laptop for Make-A-Wish in Australia is one of only 16 Lenovo 3000 series laptops signed by the two time winner of the FIFA Player of the Year Award (2004/2005). All 16 are being auctioned for charities around the world by Lenovo in December. 100 percent of proceeds from the silent auction winning bid will go directly to the Make-A-Wish Foundation which has granted wishes to over 4,000 children and young people with a life-threatening illness across Australia. Lenovo Australia is also offering 15 percent discounts to guests at the event and Make-A-Wish Foundation supporters on all Lenovo products in December, including ThinkPad and Lenovo 3000 computers, PC accessories such as web-cams and speakers, or laptop carry bags. Lenovo will donate an additional $1000 worth of hardware direct to Make-A-Wish if 15 PCs are bought in December by friends and supporters of the Make-A-Wish Foundation who cite ‘Make-A-Wish’ when ordering on 1300 550 479 or via www.lenovo.com/au/affinity .

“Lenovo is proud to donate this collectors’ item to such a worthy cause. Make-A-Wish do an amazing job bringing hope and joy to children with life threatening illnesses,” said Alan Munro, CEO and general manager for Lenovo Australia and New Zealand. The aim of the high-profile Signature of Sydney Series is to create an artistic new iconic landmark for Sydney. A $150,000 prize will be awarded to the winning artist on the night, $20,000 to the first runner up and $10,000 to the second. Original artwork of the three winning pieces will be auctioned during the evening, followed by a silent auction of assorted aspirational items such as the Lenovo 3000 Ronaldinho laptop.

The gala event is being held at the Sofitel Wentworth Hotel on 12th December from 6.30pm. Cost is $125 per ticket (excluding GST). Lenovo is offering free Media Access passes to the Signature of Sydney event to select media in Australia. Contact Heather Jones at Lenovo if you’re interested in attending.

Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) is dedicated to building the world's best engineered personal computers. Lenovo's business model is built on innovation, operational efficiency and customer satisfaction as well as a focus on investment in emerging markets. Formed by Lenovo Group's acquisition of the former IBM Personal Computing Division, the company develops, manufactures and markets reliable high-quality, secure, and easy-to-use technology products and services worldwide. Lenovo has major research centres in Yamato, Japan; Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, China; and Raleigh, North Carolina. For more information, see www.lenovo.com.au

Ronaldinho first made his mark on worldwide soccer in 1997, as the top scorer for the winning Brazil team at the Under-17 World Championships. In 1999 he led his team to victory at the America’s Cup. In 2005 he took the European Footballer of the Year and the FIFPRO World Player of the Year awards. His unique football skills have won Ronaldinho numerous professional accolades and have endeared him to fans around the world.

Established in 1985, the Make-A-Wish Foundation spreads magic and joy to children and young people with a life-threatening illness across Australia by granting their most cherished wishes. Call 1800 032 260 or visit www.makeawish.org.au for more information.