Charity Day 2009
BGC held its 5th Annual Global Charity Day on Friday 11th September. BGC’s offices around the world helped raise over $10 million for charity as we commemorated the events of September 11, 2001 by reaching out to help others.
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In London, New York and Singapore celebrities from the worlds of music, stage, screen and sport graciously joined our brokers to help raise money for a number of selected charities. Our global revenues generated from the day’s trading are donated to charity.
- Breast Cancer Care
- Cystic Fibrosis
- Children in Crisis
- Dreams come True
- Help for Heroes
- Leukemia Research
- Multiple Sclerosis Society
- Marina Dalglish Appeal
- Msizi Africa
- Rainbow Trust Children's Charity
- Richard House Children's Hospice
- St. Paul's Cathedral Foundation
- The British Red Cross
- The Paul Hunter Foundation
- Teenage Cancer Trust
- The Children's Trust
- The Prince's Trust
- The Variety Club
- Winston's Wish
North American Charities
- The Bone Marrow Foundation
- The Boomer Esiason Foundation
- The Children's Institute
- Coast to Coast Against Cancer
- Friends of the Fighting 69th
- Garden of Dreams
- Harlem RBI
- Jubilee Center
- Mercy Center
- Quality Services for the Autism Community
- The Valerie Fund
- Wounded Warrior Project
Rest of the World Charities
- J’ai un Reve (Paris)
- La Licorne (Paris)
- Tohum Autism Foundation (Istanbul)
- Stepping Stone House (Syndey)
- Australian Childhood Foundation (Syndey)
- Christina Noble Foundation (Hong Kong)
- Chi Heng Foundation (Hong Kong)
- International Care Ministries (Hong Kong)
- Futaba Infant Home (Tokyo)
- Saint Joseph House (Tokyo)
- Touraid (Nyon)
- Boys Town (Singapore)
- CRY ( Singapore)
- Beyond Special Services (Singapore)
- Duang Prateep Foundation (Singapore)
- Children are Us (Singapore)
- Community Chest of Korea (Seoul)
BGC selects a number of charities to support each year and your charity could be next. Although applications for this year’s event have closed, to apply for next year’s Charity Day, please submit an application in writing to: email@example.com
Barnardo's vision is that the lives of all children and young people should be free from poverty, abuse and discrimination. Barnardo’s believes in children regardless of their circumstances, gender, race, disability or behaviour. Barnardo's also believe in the abused, the vulnerable, the forgotten and the neglected. We will support them, stand up for them and bring out the best in each and every child.
The British Red Cross
The British Red Cross is a volunteer led humanitarian organisation that helps peple in crisis, whoever and wherever they are. We enable vulnerable people at home and overseas to prepare for and respond to emergencies in their own communities. When the crisis is over, we help people recover and move on with their lives.
Centrepoint is a charity that exists to benefit young people and communities (especially the most excluded, disadvantaged, and marginalised) and does so by being a creative community of staff, volunteers, supporters, clients, donors and partners focused upon the value we create for them.
Children in Crisis
Children in Crisis exists to improve the lives of children around the world affected by conflict, deprivation, poverty or other hidden crises, by working in partnership with local communities to provide education, healthcare and protection.
- To fund medical and scientific research to develop a cure and provide effective treatments for Cystic Fibrosis
- To ensure appropriate clinical care for those with Cystic Fibrosis
- To provide information, advice, support and, where appropriate, financial assistance to anyone affected by Cystic Fibrosis.
Multiple Sclerosis Society
The Multiple Sclerosis Society was founded just over 50 years ago. Its main aims are to eradicate the disease and to ensure the best possible welfare for anyone who is affected by it. MS is the most common disabling neurological condition affecting young adults. Around 85,000 people in the UK have MS which is the result of damage to myelin - a protective sheath surrounding nerve fibres of the central nervous system. When myelin is damaged, this interferes with messages between the brain and other parts of the body. For some people, MS is characterised by periods of relapse and remission while for others it has a progressive pattern. For everyone, it makes life unpredictable.
For more information please visit www.mssociety.org.uk.
The Marina Dalgish Appeal
We are delighted that The Marina Dalgish Appeal reached its original target of £1.5million and that the Centre for Oncology at Univerity Hospital, Aintree opened on 4th June 2007. We have now set ourselves a new and exciting challenge in conjuction with Clatterbridge Centre for Oncology to help build a much needed Radiotherapy Centre this side of the water, bringing the treatment closer to the patients. Our aim is to achieve this challenge by 2010.
Msizi Africa is a UK registered charity, founded to enrich and better the lives of vulnerable children throughout Africa. We strive to make a significant difference to the lives of children in Africa through the provision of nutritious food, basic medical supplies and shelter.
The Prince’s Trust
The Prince’s Trust believes in young people. We believe that every young person, no matter what their background, has the potential to succeed. The word ‘Trust’ in our name says it all – we trust that our young people can build a better future for themselves with our help.
Rainbow Trust Children's
Rainbow Trust Children's Charity provides practical and emotional support to families who have a child with a life threatening or terminal illness. We support 1,000 families each year. Our two respite houses in Surrey and Northumberland provide a break for the whole family, allowing them to spend precious time together as a family. Rainbow Trust's Family Support Workers join the family in their own home and are there to provide whatever practical support is needed. They may attend hospital appointments with parents, sit by the bedside of the sick child to give parents a break and take worried siblings out for the day. Rainbow Trust supports families for as long as they need us - from diagnosis, through the illness and beyond.
Richard House has been providing care and support for life-limited and life-threatened children and their families since the year 2000. We accompany them during the child or young person’s journey through life to death, creating positive experiences along the way which become good memories for the future.
- Disablism is banished;
- All disabled people of all ages and their families enjoy their full and equal human and civil rights;
- All disabled people are able to exercise full personal choice and control over their own lives, with access to independent advocacy.
- Valuing and listening to disabled families;
- Working in alliance with disabled people and their organisations; Using all our passion, professionalism, energy and resources
Our mission is to help all babies be born healthy and stay healthy. We raise money to give all babies the best start in life – a healthy one. Our research, carried out by leading doctors and researchers nationwide, is saving and improving the lives of children throughout the world. Our most recent medical achievements include:
- Identifying a gene that may protect against all cancers including neuroblastoma – the biggest cancer killer of the under 5’s
- Leading the world’s biggest study into club foot, where our team is identifying the key genes that rob so many children of a fully active life
- Identifying the genes that are believed to be the cause of spina bifida
- Contributing to the development of brain cooling equipment that is reducing the incidence of brain injury and cerebral palsy in babies Our vision is for a world where all babies are given the best possible start in life and where a medical condition or disability at birth is not a barrier to opportunity and fulfilment.
We aim to achieve this by funding high quality medical research that is intended to have a practical and positive effect on the lives of children.
The St Paul's Cathedral Foundation
The St Paul's Cathedral Foundation was set up in 2000, charged primarily with raising the funds to clean and restore the building both inside and out. Over the past nine years the whole of the Cathedral has been cleaned and repaired, with the exception of the North Side, the least damaged face of St Paul's. This remaining work is scheduled for completion in 2011.
Teenage Cancer Trust
Teenage Cancer Trust aims to ensure that every young person with cancer and their family receives the best possible care and professional support throughout their cancer journey. We also empower young people through education and advocacy.
At Tommy’s we believe it is unacceptable that one in four women will lose a baby during pregnancy and birth. We want to give every baby the best chance of being born healthy, so we work to fund medical research into the causes of premature birth, stillbirth and miscarriage. We also feel it's important to raise awareness of the facts and to provide free, accurate and up-to-date information for medical professionals and parents-to-be. This includes a dedicated telephone midwife service, a comprehensive website and free books and leaflets dedicated to promoting health in pregnancy and pre-pregnancy. We fund three research centres in the UK, including St Thomas' in London, St Mary’s in Manchester and the recently established Royal Infirmary in Edinburgh, which focus their research efforts on different issues relating to pregnancy. We are supported by people who want to do something about the lack of research and information around pregnancy issues like miscarriage, stillbirth and premature birth. We believe every parent has the right to a healthy pregnancy and baby. Our target is to halve the number of babies that die during pregnancy or birth by 2030.
For 60 years Variety Club Children’s Charity has been helping sick, disabled and disadvantaged children and young people from new-born to 19 years old have a better life. We aim to relieve poverty, advance the education of children and young people in need, assist them in sickness, physical disability and provide facilities for recreation and other leisure-time occupations in the pursuit of their social welfare.
Winston's Wish is the leading childhood bereavement charity and the largest provider of services to bereaved children, young people and their families in the UK. offer practical support and guidance to families, professionals and anyone concerned about a grieving child. We believe that the right support at the right time can enable young people to live with their grief and rebuild positive futures.
North American Charities
The Bone Marrow Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life for bone marrow, stem cell and cord blood transplant patients and their families by providing vital financial assistance, educational information, and emotional support programs. Transplants treat over 70 life threatening diseases including cancers and genetic disorders.The Foundation is the only organization of its kind that does not limit assistance to a specific disease, type of transplant or age range. All of the foundation’s services are offered free to patients and their families.
For more information please visit www.bonemarrow.org
The Boomer Esiason Foundation is a dynamic partnership of leaders in the medical and business communities joining with a committed core of volunteers to heighten awareness, education and the quality of life for those affected by cystic fibrosis, while providing financial support to research aimed at finding a cure.
For more information please visit http://www.esiason.org/
Childhelp exists to meet the physical, emotional, educational, and spiritual needs of abused, neglected and at-risk children. The organization is driven by the belief that unconditional love is the foundation upon which all healing begins. The entrance of each Childhelp facility features the words “All Who Enter Here Will Find Love.”
For more information please visit http://www.childhelp.org/
TCI offers students a model alternative program for children that nurtures their self-esteem and ability to resolve problems and express their feelings in positive ways. Our program enables children to maximize their learning potential and social-emotional development. TCI is committed to facilitating the successful return of our children, based on their potential, to their local school districts through programs of specialized education, care and counseling in a supportive environment.
For more information please visit http://www.tcischool.org/default.aspx
Coast to Coast Against Cancer
To create a series of high quality, physically challenging, national and regional events to raise needed funding for worthy childhood cancer charities whose programs improve the survival rate and quality of life of children impacted by cancer.
For more information please visit http://www.coasttocoastagainstcancer.org/
Friends of the Fighting 69th
The 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry, New York Army National Guard, famously known as The Fighting 69th is one of the most highly decorated infantry units in American history. It is the only U.S. military unit to be activated for duty at Ground Zero, Iraq and Afghanistan.
For more information please visit www.69thfriends.org.
Harlem RBI provides inner city youth with opportunities to play, learn and grow. We use the power of teams to coach, teach and inspire youth to recognize their potential and realize their dreams.Harlem RBI, a 501(c)3 organization, is a dynamic youth-development program located in East Harlem, New York. Harlem RBI prides itself on being a community-based organization that successfully integrates youth-development principles with the benefits of sports activity and team participation
For more information please visit http://www.harlemrbi.org/
Garden of Dreams
The Garden of Dreams Foundation is a nonprofit charity that works closely with all areas of Madison Square Garden, including the New York Knicks, Rangers, and Liberty, MSG Entertainment, MSG Media and Fuse to "make dreams come true for kids in crisis". Garden of Dreams partners with local children's hospitals, "wish" organizations and community-based organizations to build on-going, unforgettable programs for children in the tri-state area who are suffering from devastating illness, homelessness, abuse, hunger, extreme poverty and tragedy.
For more information please visit http://www.gardenofdreamsfoundation.org/
The Jubilee Center of Hoboken is an after school and summer safe haven for children who reside primarily in Hoboken’s Public Housing development; a neighborhood with a history of gang activity, violent crime and drug related arrests. The Jubilee Center provides quality after school and summer programming for students K-6th grade. It is located at 601 Jackson Street directly across from the Public Housing Authority. We provide meals for every child, a wide assortment of cultural and enrichment activities that children might not otherwise have an opportunity to be exposed to.
For more information please visit http://jubileecenterhoboken.org/.
Mercy Center is a South Bronx community center located in the poorest congressional district in the United States. Forty-nine percent of the population lives in poverty; among Mercy Center participants, 28% have a combined family income of less than $10,000 annually, and 66% manage on household incomes of less than $15,000 annually. Standing as a beacon of hope in an area that includes a largely immigrant population, meager employment opportunities, and failing schools, Mercy Center’s mission is to empower women and other family members to reach their full human potential, lead meaningful lives, and be agents of change in their families and communities.
For more information please visit www.MercyCenterBronx.org.
Quality Services for the Autism Community (QSAC)
QSAC is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing services to persons with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and their families in New York City and Long Island. QSAC’s comprehensive services and programs range from early intervention and preschool programs for young children to day programs and residential services for adults. QSAC’ programs provide all participants with the opportunity to acquire, maintain, and practice the skills necessary to lead a more fulfilling and independent life and become productive members of the community.
Founded by a group of parents in 1978, QSAC is today an award-winning organization and as one of the largest agencies dedicated specifically to autism, a recognized leader in the field. QSAC has received the Mental Hygiene Services Award for Excellence from New York City and recognition from the Queens Borough President and the Town of Hempstead for contributions to individuals with autism and their families. Over 2,000 people benefit yearly from QSAC’s programs, including 890 individuals who receive direct services. Many of QSAC’s participants represent challenging cases referred to QSAC by the Boards of Education and New York State Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities. Autism is the fastest growing developmental disability in the U.S. One of every 150 children will be diagnosed this year with ASD and QSAC currently has over 1,500 service requests on waiting lists. For more information please visit www.QSAC.com
The Valerie Fund
The Valerie Fund’s mission is to provide financial support for comprehensive health care of children with cancer and blood disorders.The Valerie Fund is a not-for-profit organization established in 1976 in memory of nine-year-old Valerie Goldstein by her parents, Ed and Sue, who saw the need for making quality outpatient care available close to a child’s home. They realized that parents of sick children should not have to contend with exhaustive commutes to reach adequate medical care. Their grass-roots effort began in their basement with the help of dedicated friends and family. Today, The Valerie Fund Children’s Centers, located at 7 major hospitals in the tri-state area, comprise one of the nation’s largest networks of health care facilities for children with cancer and blood disorders. These centers treat almost 5,000 children each year.
For more information please visit www.thevaleriefund.org
Wounded Warrior Project
Wounded Warrior Project’s (WWP) mission is to honor and empower wounded warriors. WWP seeks to assist those men and women of our nation’s armed forces who have been severely injured during the conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other locations around the world. Many of the injuries are traumatic amputations, gunshot wounds, burns, and blast injuries that will retire these brave warriors from military service. WWP’s support begins just after injury. Transitional Care Packs are provided at overseas field hospitals to offer immediate comfort during a warrior’s relocation to a U.S. military trauma center. There, they receive a signature WWP Backpack with comfort items and necessities, benefits counseling, and family assistance, all to help them through their initial stages of recovery. WWP then provides ongoing, lifelong assistance including adaptive sports and recreation, internship opportunities, employment programs, and an alumni network to foster communication, support, and brotherhood between wounded warriors.
For more information please visit www.woundedwarriorproject.org
Rest of the World Charities
The association « J’ai un Rêve » was founded 5 years ago by the former world synchronized swimming champion, Muriel HERMINE.
The association’s goal is to give a helping hand to underprivileged children with severe schooling and family difficulties.
To use Sport and Culture as educational tools to help each child regain confidence in himself, renew links with school, thus assisting on a path to success.
The Association’s volunteers (professional artists and top-level sportsmen and women) give Sport and Cultural workshops to the 3rd class pupils, twice a week. The aim is to work towards putting on a show, covering the subject of racial respect and tolerance.
This year, the Association will work with the same school following the same children as last year but on a more educative way by following a programme of work experience. This year aim is to help them to choose their future career’s orientation and help to experiment work’s world. Some large companies give the children the chance to discover different career opportunities…. Each child then has the possibility to choose and participate in a ‘discovery’ training course. Once back to school, each child is a lot more conscious of the importance of school and respecting others.
The Association makes the most of these exchanges to finance and assist in the development of educational programmes for those underprivileged children.
For more information visit www.jai-un-reve.com
« La Licorne » is an association created by Pierrette Bres, a retired horse racing TV commentator. The association aims to help children affected by mental illness and behavioural problems, mainly Autism, through therapy with horses. Through her association Pierrette Bres shares with these children her passion of horses and sees the beneficial effects contact with ponies has on Autistic children.
Thus to continue to develop the discovery of new feelings and in turn a marked improvement in the children’s’ behaviour, the association has launched several new concepts around different auxiliary therapies: “The discovery of the sea and marine life” by organising boat outings; the set up of a video studio with computers and cameras to teach the children to discover their own image as well as recreational days with clowns and magicians with face painting and costumes offered by the association.
The amazing results encourage the development of their minds but are also a real ray of hope for their parents. Some autistic children can really improve their behaviour and go on to have a career under tutorage whilst also being independent.
“All these activities and projects couldn’t be realised without the generosity of our donors, so we would like to send our heartfelt thanks to BGC for its loyal support of our association which will enable us next year to carry out our project to construct a small equestrian centre for the children…”
For more information visit : www.lalicorne.org