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London, September 8, 2005 – BGC Partners, the worldwide brokerage firm operating in the global fixed income markets, announced today the launch of its first annual charity event to be held on September 12, 2005.
In preparation for the event, Chairman Lee Amaitis of BGC Partners, welcomed support from Australian cricket legend Shane Warne and rising England star Kevin Pietersen at their London offices yesterday, both of whom were united in their efforts to help support charities in need a day before the final Ashes Test.
Warne and Pietersen manned the phones at the inter-dealer broker which will donate all revenues to a number of charities including:
· CLIC Sargent, which supports children suffering from leukaemia or
· Charities chosen by clients – 20% of each client’s revenue on that
day donated to their nominated charity
· The Cantor Foundation, which will distribute to charities it supports
including the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief fund and theEuro Brokers
· The Shane Warne Foundation which raises money to support
various established charities such as the Make a Wish
Foundation, plus Kevin Pietersen’s selected charity
Lee Amaitis said, “We are delighted that Shane and Kevin can take time out off the field to support this event and their chosen charities. We are also extremely grateful to our clients who have embraced the spirit of what we hope will be a great day in the pursuit of helping those in need.”
To promote the day further, various celebrities including Rory Bremner, Gary Lineker, Lawrence Dallaglio, Zara Philips, Barry McGuigan and Eddie Jordan will be present at BGC’s offices on Monday 12th and will also help man a number of phones on the BGC trading floor, speaking with both staff and clients.
Shaun Lynn, President of BGC Partners, said, “We hope such amazing support will help encourage clients to trade with us on the day and we will also look to return this support by donating to a number of charities as selected by them.”
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About CLIC Sargent
CLIC and Sargent Cancer Care for Children merged in January 2005 to become the UK’s leading children’s cancer charity. CLIC Sargent wants to see a world where all children and young people with cancer live life to the full. CLIC Sargent is there for each family, caring every step of the way, providing individual support to children and young people with cancer or leukaemia and their families through its specialist care as well as funding both clinical and social research projects throughout the UK.
About the Cantor Foundation
The Cantor Foundation was created in 2003 to enable the Cantor Fitzgerald group of companies to raise money on behalf of charities in addition to its own Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund.
About the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund
The Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund was established on September 14, 2001 as a result of the tragedy at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. The goal of the fund is to provide direct assistance to those who lost loved ones in the tragedy with 100% of the money donated to the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund being disbursed directly to the families and loved ones.
About the Euro Brokers Relief Fund
The Euro Brokers Relief Fund has been established as a charitable organization for the purpose of providing financial assistance to the families of (and others economically dependent on) Euro Brokers staff and employees who were killed in the World Trade Center terrorist attack.
About The Shane Warne Foundation
The precise focus of The Shane Warne Foundation is to raise money for seriously ill and underprivileged children and teenagers by utilising his high profile as an Australian sporting icon. Unlike over charities, The Shane Warne Foundation will not directly provide help to kids, but will distribute monies raised to established charities.