We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday October 5th, 2016 for our third annual gala. This year, our recipient charity is Sleeping Children Around The World. (SCAW). Sleeping Children Around the World distributes bedkits to children in a ratio of 50% girls and 50% boys, aged 6-12, from any culture or religion. The core philosophy of this unique charity is that every child should be able to get a good night's sleep.
The contents of a bedkit vary from country to country, but always contain bedding and a mosquito net, clothing and school supplies. SCAW was founded by Murray and Margaret Dryden in 1970. Since then, the organization has raised over $40 million to provide bedkits for over 1.4 million children in 34 countries.
This year, we are honoured to have NHL hockey legend Dave Dryden, the current chairman of SCAW, to be speaking at Emajjin's gala. Live entertainment will be provided by the very talented vocalist/pianist, Eliza Pope.
As always, our silent auction will offer unique items for everyone: tickets to local shows, weekend getaways, sports events such as Raptors games, wine packages and items for the whole family. Our live auction will feature a family holiday, golf packages and other goodies.
Join the fun by bidding on these great items and raising money for SCAW!
For more information, click here to visit the Sleeping Children Around the World website.
The recipient charity for 2015 was Pathways to Education.
Every year, thousands of Canadian students make the life-altering decision to drop out of high school. In some of the countrys most vulnerable neighbourhoods, more than 50 per cent of students do not graduate high school, taking a dramatic toll on our communities, our health and justice systems, and our economy.
Pathways to Education is helping youth in low-income communities graduate from high school and successfully transition into post-secondary education. Pathways addresses systemic barriers to education by providing leadership, expertise and a community-based program proven to lower dropout rates.
The Pathways program provides a comprehensive set of academic, financial and social supports to youth. The results of this unique program have been groundbreaking, reducing high school dropout rates by as much as 70 per cent, and increasing the rate at which youth go on to college or university by up to 300 per cent.
Founded in 2001, Pathways operates nationally across Canada with programs in Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, Manitoba and British Columbia.
For more information, click here to visit the Pathways to Education website.
The recipient charity for 2014 was the Sanfilippo Children's Research Foundation.
Children with Sanfilippo Syndrome are missing an essential enzyme that breaks down a complex body sugar called heparan sulfate. This sugar slowly builds in the bones, the brain, and other organs stopping normal development and causing hyperactivity, sleep disorders, loss of speech, mental retardation, dementia, and finally death by the mid-teens. There is currently no cure or treatment.
The goal of the Sanfilippo Children’s Research Foundation is to fund medical research to find a cure for Sanfilippo Syndrome and its related neuro-genetic disorders.