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Lawyer takes charity websites ‘from zero to 100’ in 24 hours

PUBLISHED: 15:23 16 November 2011

Babs Mahon (middle) with Jared Tausz (right) and others from Sunnyside and Nerdaid at the launch party.

Babs Mahon (middle) with Jared Tausz (right) and others from Sunnyside and Nerdaid at the launch party.

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A tech-savvy lawyer was enlisted by a charity to create a website from scratch in just 24 hours.

Jared Tausz, of Barford Street, Islington, had challenged himself to provide free websites for charities with no funds and little technical expertise within one day.

Sunnyside Community Gardens, in Hazellville Road, Archway, was the first to take him up on the offer – and last month became the proud owner of a slick new webpage just 24 hours after Mr Tausz and his team started.

Babs Mahon, manager of Sunnyside, which provides horticultural therapy to people with mental health issues and physical disabilities, said: “We really needed a website, but couldn’t afford to pay for it.

“They worked right through the night and Jared, bless him, was there for the whole 24 hours – I don’t know how he came out the other side.”

Mr Tausz, 27, taught himself programming over Christmas and launched his charitable project, Nerdaid, at the start of a six-week sabbatical.

He said: “Most people go travelling but I wanted to do something different and exciting.

“I wanted to help charities that either don’t have websites or have old sites full of broken links and outdated information.”

After the completion of the challenge and the success of the Sunnyside website – which received 1,400 page views from over nine different countries in its first 24 hours – a party was held for supporters of the charity and all those involved.

Despite returning to work as a lawyer, Mr Tausz plans to continue with his venture and is looking for further challenges.

He said: “If any charity wants a website, or if anyone wants to help out, that would be amazing. We are still looking to take more charities from zero to 100 in 24 hours.”

For more information about Nerdaid e-mail info@nerdaid.org or visit nerdaid.org.


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