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Symantec used its sponsorship of the Norton Hornets Nissan Factory V8 Racing Team to highlight a $300,000 donation to beyondblue. For this weekend's Bathurst 1000, one of the team's cars was renumbered from 36 to 300 to mark the software maker's pledge.

Symantec's $300,000 donation to beyondblue is the biggest single private sector contribution the depression and anxiety organisation has received.

The money is not earmarked for any specific purposes, but will be used in part to support beyondblue's online activities such as Man Therapy which is intended to reach "blokes that are unlikely to talk about the issues," said beyondblue deputy chairman Tim Marney.

Online content is important to beyondblue's mission, because some people seek information online before they consider consulting a doctor or counsellor, he explained.

"We're extremely grateful for the contribution," said Marney.

"Around one million adults like with depression and more than two million have an anxiety disorder," said beyondblue CEO Kate Carnell, adding that "by talking about these conditions we will continue to raise awareness and help reduce the stigma associated with them."

"Corporate responsibility is a big part of what we focus on," said Symantec senior director of consumer and small business Matthew Drake The company has relationships with various charities, reflecting the concerns of its employees.

The $300,000 contribution to beyondblue is "a significant amount, something we're proud to donate," he said.

"Symantec has chosen to partner with beyondblue as cyber-bullying can sometimes be a trigger for anxiety and depression and together we're hoping to increase the understanding of potential triggers as a means of prevention and building resilience," explained Drake.

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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences, a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies, and is a senior member of the Australian Computer Society.

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