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by Greta Attard
29th December 2016

For many people, Christmas time is a time for cheer, festive decorations, gathering with friends and family. It is also a time of giving, and during this festive season ICTSA celebrated some fun fundraising events in aid of ISTRINA, to help those in need.

The festive events kicked off with a movie night on the 13th of December. With Christmas recess just around the corner, there was no better way to spend the night than snuggled up in cosy blankets, chill with friends and watch a Christmas movie. The movie “The Night Before” was screened at the KSU Common Room at 8pm. Hot chocolate and coffee were available all throughout the night, while people could also nibble on popcorn and add some delicious sweet toppings from our little popcorn bar.

The day after, as if that evening wasn’t festive enough, ICTSA spent the day serving festive treats at the Faculty, whilst also having fun in a Christmas-themed photo booth with our very own Santa Claus and not-so-little elves. Homemade mulled wine and mince pies were served at the Faculty, against a small fee which contributed to our donation to ISTRINA. Santa was available all day for selfies and photos, and together with his elf, they also managed to get a photo with her Excellency Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca whilst going around Campus. From these two events, ICTSA managed to raise €500 for ISTRINA.
We wrapped up our fundraising events with our annual Campus LAN, this year being organised for the third consecutive year between the 16th and the 18th of December, at the Microsoft Innovation Centre at Skyparks in Luqa. Over 130 people attended the event, comprising of tournament participants, causal gamers, spectators and volunteers. This weekend was jam-packed with gamers playing so many PC games to their heart’s content, some as part of the main tournaments for League of Legends, Overwatch and Hearthstone whilst others just casually playing their favourite games. At the end of the tournaments, the winners for the Overwatch and League of Legends tournaments received a cash prize and the Hearthstone tournament winners received Razer Ferox speakers.

These events would not have been possible without support and help from the Faculty of ICT, during our chrICTmas events, and also during Campus LAN for the computers and peripherals. Special thanks for help and kind donation during the Campus LAN event also goes to Ultra E-Sports, co-organizers of the event, KONNEKT, and il-Forn tal-Ghawdxi. Last but not least we would also like to thank our main sponsors and GO, Ultra Computer Store, Razer and Microsoft Malta.
All in all, these events helped us raise a whooping €3000 for Istrina, which is a very impressive amount. Such a small organisation is surrounded by people with big hearts. A cheque was presented during Istrina on TVM on the 26th of December, and for the occasion we proudly wore our ICTSA polo shirts.
This will be the last article for 2016, let’s see what 2017 has in store. 

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