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Raymond James is helping improve the lives of 3000 children

In January 2016, a team of six Raymond James employees including Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Paul Allison, will travel to India to volunteer. Team Raymond James will begin their trek with Sleeping Children around the World (SCAW) in Belgaum, India, distributing bed kits to improve the lives of thousands of children. Our 2015 National Business Conference silent auction raised money to support this special India trip with SCAW. Our team will then travel to Kalthana, to volunteer in the village Raymond James Ltd. adopted through our 2014 Holiday Giving Campaign donation to Free the Children.

Sleeping Children around the World (SCAW) in Belgaum

SCAW is a charity that gives 100% of donations received to those in need. Our team will travel to India to supervise the distribution of bed kits, photograph children with their bed kits, and write articles for the SCAW donor newsletter as well as send daily updates to Raymond James colleagues.

Warren Wagstaff, Raymond James Financial Advisor says, "Children around the world sleep on the ground or in uncomfortable conditions every night, waking each morning tired, cold, and weary. SCAW is making a difference by distributing bed kits. Each bed kit provides a comfortable sleeping mat and can help protect the child from sickness. A good night's sleep allows the children to be ready for the school day ahead, allowing them to absorb the lessons of the day and through education be able to help break the cycle of poverty. A bed kit is an amazing gift!"

A single bed kit costs $35.00. Bed kit contents may vary from country to country depending upon local needs, In Belguam – the bedkits will include: plastic ground mat, a Chadar (wool carpet), Sataranji (wool under blanket), blanket, pillow, pillow cover, mosquito net, polo shirt, sweater, t-shirt with collar, shorts, petticoat, frock, Churidar (3 piece dress), flip flops, raincoat, nail clippers, packing bag, school bag, school supplies (pens, pencils, crayons, sharpener, notebooks, eraser, geometry set). No portion of a bedkit donation is spent on administration — 100% reaches a needy child. The bed kits reach children between the ages of six and 12. All items in the bed kits that our colleagues will be distributing will be sourced in India, in order to support local industries.

Since 1970, when it was founded by Murray and Margaret Dryden, SCAW has raised over $23 million to provide bed kits for children in 33 countries. In 2009, SCAW reached its millionth child.

For more information, you can contact SCAW by phone, by letter, or by e-mail.

For more information about SCAW and their unique charity that helps deserving children click here.

Kalthana and Free the Children.

At the National Business Conference in 2013, Raymond James associates raised $25,000 for Free the Children – an organization that believes in a world where all children are free to achieve their fullest potential as agents of change. The Raymond James Canada Foundation matched the amount and a $50,000 cheque was presented to Craig Kielburger, Co-Founder of Free the Children in support of their Adopt-A-Village program.

The adopted village was Kalthana, a small community comprised of 1,400. When the village was adopted in 2014, over 50% of the men and 70% of women in the village were illiterate. The average life expectancy is 64.5 years old. For the next five years, Raymond James will be following the developments in Kalthana and providing updates on how our donations are eliminating educational barriers and empowering community members to break the cycle of poverty.

The Adopt-A-Village program focuses on four pillars to establish a sustainable economy: education, clean water and sanitation, health and alternative income and livelihood.