Thursday, December 17, 2009

Lynx Systems Promotes Sleeping Children

Lynx Systems is supporting SCAW with their holiday fundraiser this year and also posted a note about us on their website.


Building Lynx Together
For 11 years Lynx Systems Inc. has been committed to the philosphy of working together as a team to make a difference. This year, the Lynx team is excited to support the excellent work of Sleeping Children Around the World. Sleeping Children around the world (SCAW) donations provide bedkits to children of any race and/or religion who will benefit the most; typically being located in underdeveloped and developing countries.

No portion of a bedkit donation is spent on administration - 100% reaches a needy child. Each 35$ donation (Canadian Funds) provides a bedkit that consists of a mat or mattress, pillow, sheet, blanket, mosquito net ( if applicable), clothes outfit, towel and school supplies.

Since founding by Murray and Margaret Dryden in 1970, SCAW has raised over $20 million to provide bedkits in 33 countries. In 2009 they reached their one millionth child.

To learn more about the great work done by SCAW, check out their website at

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Philippines 2 Trip Reports Posted

The donor newsletter for the Philippines special emergency bedkit distribution has gone to print and can be downloaded from the Sleeping Children Website.

Philippines 2 Photo Album
Photos are available in the Philippines 2 Photo Album. You can view them by clicking the link at left.

All of the reports did not fit into the newsletter but you can read them in their entirety here.

Here is a download link for the PDF version of the newsletter.

Friday, December 11, 2009

The Pinehurst Club Breakfast: May 5th 2010

Our inaugural Pinehurst Club breakfast met and exceeded our goals. With the support of our breakfast sponsor, TD Commercial Banking, our other sponsors (AVW-TELAV, EvansMartin LLP, The Bealight Foundation, Friends of SCAW and Flash Reproductions), and our donors of raffle prizes, we cleared $91,363 for Sleeping Children’s Legacy Fund so that it can continue to support the operating expenses of SCAW.

Next year we celebrate SCAW’s 40th birthday with our second annual Pinehurst Club Breakfast at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel at 7:30 am on May 5th, 2010.

Christine Magee, President and co-founder of Sleep Country Canada, the largest retailer of mattresses in Canada is the keynote speaker. Christine is a well-known and successful Canadian businesswoman who leads a company with a social conscience. She believes strongly in sharing knowledge and staying involved in the community.

Watch the Sleeping Children Around the World website for more information.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Kettleby Herb Farms Fundraiser

As published on the Kettleby Herb Farms website
2009 Fundraiser

Again, this year we are pleased to be supporting the ‘Sleeping Children Around the World’ foundation, which provides ‘Bed Kits’ to children all over the world. For more information on this organization please visit their web site at Last year we raised $350.00 which was enough to purchase 10 bed kits. Click here to see the picture from the distribution of these bed kits earlier this year in the Phillipinnes. The picture shows the 10 children and the contents of a bed kit.

Along with putting together a couple of fundraiser specials (go to our 'catalogue' for details), we are also expanding our fundraising efforts and increasing your shopping pleasure with the help of We are going to donate 10% of all product orders (before shipping) from both Kettleby Herb Farms and (see the current newsletter for more info about this joint venture) until December 31, 2009.

To sweeten the deal and encourage you to try our new ‘Garlic Unleashed’ -a cider vinegar & sunflower oil vinaigrette with an awesome garlic punch!, Kettleby will also donate $1.00 for every bottle purchased.

And finally to seal the deal….. no handling fee on all product orders until December 31, 2009.

*Orders from both sites can be combined too!

An acknowledgement of your donation will be included with all product orders.

Let’s see if we can top last year's total!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Game Day with the Majors

Sleeping Children Around the World
Game Day with the Majors
Sunday, December 13th, 2009
Hershey Centre at 2 PM

Ottawa 67's
Mississauga St. Michael's Majors
Tickets are $10.95 each!
(Savings of $4 off the Walk-Up price.)
For tickets or info, please contact:
The Majors at 905-502-7788, Extension 252

Sleeping Children Around the World is being honoured by the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors hockey organization. They have graciously dedicated the game scheduled for Sunday December, 13th to Sleeping Children. Dave Dryden will participate in the ceremonial puck drop that will precede the game. Many of us do not remember that Dave was the goaltender for the Majors in 1961 when they last won the Memorial Cup!

All proceeds from the Teddy Bear Toss will be donated to Sleeping Children. Up to 1000 Teddy Bears will be thrown onto the ice by the fans following the Major’s first goal. These Teddy Bears will be collected and donated to the Boys and Girls Club of Peel Region and used to brighten a young child’s Christmas in our local community. Canadian Tire has generously donated all the Teddy Bears.

The Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors hockey club will offer all “friends of Sleeping Children” an opportunity to purchase tickets at a reduced rate for the game. The game will be played at the Hershey Centre on Sunday December 13th against the Ottawa 67’s beginning at 2:00 pm. Gates open at 1:00 pm so be sure to get there early as a limited number of Bears are available for purchase. To order tickets please call 905-502-7788 x252 and order your tickets over the phone or through email at

Just ask for the Sleeping Children Around the World ticket offer and you will receive a $10.95 ticket ($4.00 off the regular price). All tickets ordered through this special offer will be left at the Hershey Centre Box Office’s Will Call window.

The game will also be broadcast on Rogers TV (Peel Region), Channel 10.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

One million bedkits - and counting

From Tanzania 2009 Photo Album
As published in the Globe and Mail, Saturday, December 5, 2009

By Paul Waldie

The Donors: The Dryden Family
The Gift: One million beds, and climbing, for impoverished children
The Cause: Sleeping Children Around The World

Murray Dryden was on a trip to Lahore, Pakistan, in 1970 when he tripped over a child sleeping on the street. Instead of just walking away, Mr. Dryden felt compelled to do something.

"It upset him," said Mr. Dryden's son, Dave. "And, it reminded him of his days during the Depression. ... It just hit him and it was like, 'No, this isn't right.' "

Mr. Dryden returned home to Toronto and told his wife, Margaret, that they had to start sending beds to street children in places like Pakistan and India. She agreed and together they bought a stack of bedding, clothing and mosquito nets and arranged to distribute the items to 50 children in India.

Their friends soon found out about the couple's effort and began donating money to buy more beds. That prompted the couple to create Sleeping Children Around The World, using their home as an office.

Over the years, SCAW has raised more than $20-million and now has 90 volunteers who work with agencies in countries across Asia, Africa and South America. This year the organization delivered its one millionth bed kit, made up of a mattress, mosquito net, clothing, school uniform and school supplies.

Ms. Dryden died in 1985 and Mr. Dryden in 2004. They donated their home to the organization and a $3-million fund to cover all future administrative costs. The donation has meant that every dollar donated to the charity goes directly to buying bed kit supplies.

The couple's children - Judy and former NHL players Dave and Ken - have carried on the legacy.

Dave is chairman of SCAW and is heading to India in February with Judy to deliver 4,000 kits (Ken, a Toronto area member of Parliament, wanted to go but couldn't because of his parliamentary duties). All of the kit supplies are bought locally and Dave said the organization hopes to deliver 75,000 kits next year.

"It's awesome," he said when asked what it was like to deliver a kit to a child. "You are out in the rural countryside and these people don't have anything. To get a bed kit like that, it has a huge impact on their lives.

"What we are finding is that by giving a kid a good night's sleep and then the clothing to go to school, and the school supplies, we really are having an impact on their education."

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

A Christmas Carol

To celebrate the season, Windermere United Church is hosting a dramatic reading of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol in support of SCAW.

With Lorenda Redekopp of CBC Radio 1

With Other ‘Celebrity Readers’ and Special Seasonal Music

Sunday, December 6, 7:30pm

Windermere United Church

356 Windermere Avenue
2 Blocks south of Bloor Street

"SCAW volunteer, our own inimitable Karen Shouldice, will be reading Stave 1. I've seen Karen on stage and you are in for a treat! Come out and cheer for Karen and SCAW. Please wear your name badge in case anyone has questions about SCAW.

$15.00 donation at the door with all proceeds to Sleeping Children Around the World.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Win for Charity

As published in the Daytripping magazine
September/October, 2009

Shirley Aerts, of Strathroy, helped to deliver 6,015 bedkits for Sleeping Children Around the World in Uganda. Photo taken by Annette Arnold.

When the photo was published, she won $25 for Sleeping Children Around the World.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Wish List: Clean living

From The National Post
November 28, 2009

This time of year, I’m in full holiday shopping guide mode and immersed in gift-giving this and must-have product thats. Surrounded by so much stuff, I feel a little dirty. And yet the impetus at the holidays is to give, even when sometimes we can ill-afford to do so. Which is why I was struck by Consonant’s new limited-run Help Somebody Soap ). Consonant is donating 100% of the sale price - that’s twelve bucks from each and every one of the 1,000 bars for a total of $12,000 - to the Canadian-based organization Sleeping Children Around the World ( So what, right? So many companies donate a percentage or portion of proceeds to charity these days. Thing is, Consonant isn’t exactly Body Shop or The Gap; it’s not even a mid-size company. Owner Bill Baker launched the fledging organic body care brand just last year, after leaving his job in advertising. “I have financed every penny of this business myself,” he says. “We’re not even a six-figure business this year so the donation will be a big percentage of our sales. We’re a very modest business but I’m investing for the long haul and this charitable giving part has been part of the DNA from the beginning.” Baker also went 100% because, he also admits, he’s “a bit cynical” about other companies and their donation formulas. “Is that 25 cents on $20? Is that half of the profits before tax or after? Do you deduct margin, marketing funds and advertising dollars?”

Donation aside, why pay $12 for a bar of soap when some mass brands sell three to a pack for four bucks? “You’re paying more for what’s not in it,” says Baker. That means no animal by-products or any of the regular unpronounceable synthetic ingredients found in cheap bars of soap (some of which been otherwise banned in American baby foods). No trace elements of herbicides, pesticides or hormones, no chemical preservatives. “Bar soap, made properly and saponified properly, is not vulnerable to bacteria and doesn’t need preservatives anyway,” says Baker. Consonant's charity of choice, SCAW, takes a similar approach. It was started by Murray Dryden, father of hockey players Dave and Ken Dryden, who created a trust to cover administrative costs. “So when you give $35 toward a bed kit for a needy child in a developing country, it’s $35 for a bed kit,” Baker says proudly. I feel cleaner already.

Help Somebody Soap is $12, at Delineation, The Bay and Sears downtown flagships in major cities and specialty retailers across Canada (or buy online at

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Bill Baker gives 100 per cent. So do Margaret and Murray Dryden.

As published in The Toronto Star
November 24, 2009

By Kate Robertson

So when Baker's Consonant Body Organic Skincare company was looking to support a worthy cause, the Drydens' Sleeping Children Around the World organization, which distributes bedkits to needy children in developing countries, was a natural fit.

Baker came up with Help Somebody Soap. The $12 bar is a "blend of spirited and earthy botanical oils with a hint of citrus and patchouli."

Just as 100 per cent of donations to Sleeping Children goes to providing bedkits, 100 per cent of the price of the soap is going to the non-profit organization. Bedkits, which cost $35, include a mattress, pillow, sheet, blanket, treated mosquito net and clothing.

Help Somebody Soap is available at the Bay and Sears flagship stores, specialty shops and online at

For more information about Sleeping Children Around the World visit

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Great Stocking Stuffer

From Canadian Living
November 22, 2009

By Daniela Payne

This Consonant Help Somebody Soap would make a great stocking stuffer for anyone! I was recently sent a sample and am impressed by the cute packaging, subtle scent and great cause. All $12 of the purchase price of this 100 per cent natural product is donated to the Sleeping Children Around the World (SCAW) charity, an organization that distributes bedkits to needy children in developing countries (you can find out more info on SCAW here).

According to their website, Consonant Body products are made with natural ingredients like fair trade and organic oils, and are free of artificial colours or dyes.

You can purchase Consonant products at Sears or online here.

Don't forget to enter my current giveaway, I'll be choosing a winner on Monday.

Racking your brain to find the best Christmas gifts for your loved ones? Find some great DIY holiday gift ideas in our Craft section, and sign up for our craft newsletter Get Crafty and get great crafting ideas directly to your e-mail inbox.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Help Some-Body Soap

From the Consonant website.

Help Some-Body Soap
This 100% natural and organic soap is wonderfully fragranced with a blend of spirited and earthy botanical oils with a hint of citrus and patchouli. Consonant is proud to be donating every penny of the sale price ($12) of this limited edition soap to the fantastic Canadian charity Sleeping Children Around the World.

The 100% Soap
As noted above, 100% of the sales of this soap are being donated to Sleeping Children Around the World, the 100% charity. You can buy this body soap at the Consonant website or at stores across Canada.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Four Seasons Hotels Helps SCAW

“And to All, a Good Night.” Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts announces Gift Card campaign in support of Sleeping Children Around the World.

From the Press Release of November 18, 2009

In the spirit of the holiday season, for every Four Seasons Gift Card sold from December 1 through 10, 2009, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts will donate the cost of one bed kit to Canada-based charity Sleeping Children Around the World.

This not-for-profit organisation believes that it is the right of every child to have a comfortable night’s sleep. It provides bed kits including life-saving items such as treated mosquito nets for children in areas prone to malaria, along with fundamental necessities such as a mat, sheets, blankets, clothing and more. In 2009, Sleeping Children Around the World delivered its millionth bed kit.

“Four Seasons is proud to support Sleeping Children Around the World in reaching their next milestone and in improving the lives of so many children,” says Susan Helstab, Executive Vice President Marketing. “Just as we as a hospitality brand strive to create an environment that is both comfortable and worry-free for our guests, they are striving to do the same for those less fortunate.”

Founded in 1970, Sleeping Children Around the World is dedicated to offering children in developing countries something fundamental to a successful future – sound, safe slumber. At the heart of the programme is the bed kit, each costing CAD 35.00, the contents of which not only allow for a comfortable sleep but also fight off the threats and diseases specific to each region. Bed kits are produced locally in each distribution country, eliminating transportation costs, assisting local economies and ensuring that the contents of the bed kits are suitable for the area.

With 100 per cent of monetary donations going directly to the purchase of bed kit components, the charity is fuelled by the passion of its volunteers, who assemble bed kits and personally deliver them to communities in over 33 countries – including India, Kenya and the Philippines – at their own expense.

“Reaching one million bed kits has fulfilled founder Murray Dryden’s dream, but now we are looking ahead to what we can achieve in the future. This campaign will provide vital funds for an optimistic start to 2010,” says Linda Webb, Executive Director, Sleeping Children Around the World.

To help support the campaign, visit the Four Seasons Gift Card web site or any Four Seasons Hotel or Resort worldwide from December 1 through 10, 2009, to purchase a Gift Card. The easy-to-order Gift Cards may be personalised for delivery and are available in a variety of denominations from USD 100.00 to USD 5,000.00 online and from USD 50.00 to USD 100,000.00 at Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts worldwide. Smart-phone users can now purchase Four Seasons Gift Cards from the new and secure mobile Gift Card site.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Owen Sound Heritage Mall

For the 16th year in a row, St. Thomas and St. George's Anglican Churches in Owen Sound have set up their display at the Heritage Mall to promote Sleeping Children Around the World and sell bedkits.

Looking after things on Saturday afternoon were (Left to right) Cara Douglas, Audrey Beatty, and Lynda Douglas.

The campaign is on until Christmas.

Potential donors in Owen Sound can contact the churches for more information or a donation form.

If you're not in Owen Sound, you can always download a copy of the donation form from the Sleeping Children website at this link.

A Good Night's Sleep

As published in the National Post
Saturday, November 14, 2009

Dana Lacey, Financial Post

Nearly 40 years ago, Murray Dryden stumbled over a child sleeping in the street in Pune, India. Soon after he and his wife, Margaret, founded Sleeping Children Around the World (SCAW), with a mission to provide a peaceful night's sleep for children living in developing countries.

On their first donation trip they delivered kits consisting of a mattress, mosquito net, school supplies and a set of clothes to 50 children that didn't have beds. This summer, SCAW delivered its millionth bed kit.

Dave Dryden, the former NHL goalie, is Murray's son and chairman of the organization. He credits SCAW's success to the business model his father created: Every cent donated to the charity has gone directly toward the purchase of bedkits.

"It's important for people to know exactly where their money is going," Mr. Dryden says. "There's a skepticism out there about donating to charity."

The 100% promise is achieved in several ways. Before he passed in 2003, Murray Dryden built a sizeable nest egg -- called the Legacy Fund -- from which all operating expenses are drawn. The charity is run from the Dryden family home in Toronto. SCAW does not advertise; for 39 years the company has grown solely through word of mouth.

There is only one paid employee -- the rest are volunteers. The charity performs a dozen donation trips a year to more than 30 developing countries, where it partners with local service clubs, such as Kiwanis, Rotary and Lion's clubs. These clubs in turn connect them with needy children. The money is given to the clubs, who donate their time to buy the materials locally for the kits. This provides a boost to the local economy.

Canadian SCAW volunteers pay their own expenses to travel to the various countries and distribute the kits. It's the kind of trip that attracts retired couples and older adults looking for unique experiences and a chance to give something back. Each kid is photographed with their new bed, so the donor gets a smiling souvenir or gift.

SCAW's mission and business model has caught the attention of Consonant Body, an organic soap company. They created SCAWbranded "Help Somebody" soaps, sold at The Bay, Sears and specialty stores, and donate 100% of the profit to the charity.

Because the Legacy Fund has begun to dwindle, SCAW has taken its first big step into the corporate world. "We were mainly funded by individual donors, churches, schools and service clubs," Mr. Dryden says. Last spring, it hosted its first annual Pinehurst Club breakfast meeting and invited the business community. TD Canada Trust was the main sponsor and donated the meeting space. Toronto Argonauts vice chairman Pinball Clemons was guest speaker.

"Businesses were thrilled about keeping the organization running as it does," Mr. Dryden says. The event raised $92,000 for the operating fund, and another $15,000 for the kits. Which, at $35 a kit, means more than 400 kids will get a new bed.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Johnny Max Christmas Benefit Party

Johnny Max 1st Annual Christmas Party

Time: 3 - 7 PM
Date: Saturday, December 5th
Place: The Harp Restaurant & Pub

Entry: $10 DONATION

All proceeds go to
Sleeping Children Around The World and Sick Kids Hospital

Click image to enlarge.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

SCAW Presentation Slideshow

St. Gregory RC Church Annual Craft Show

Submitted by Eileen Rademacher

St. Gregory R.C. Church,
122 Rathburn Road, Etobicoke
Ontario, M9B 2K6

Annual Craft Show, Tea Garden and Bake Sale
Saturday, November 21st 2009 – 9 am. to 1 pm.
Sunday, November 22nd 2009 – after all the Masses
Wood Crafts, Knitting, Jewelry, Art, Christmas Decorations and much more

Raffle Prizes
  • 1st Prize: Flat-screen TV
    Donated by Turner and Porter Funeral Homes
  • 2nd Prize: Two tickets for the Toronto Raptors
  • 3rd Prize: Baskets of various gifts worth $150
  • And many more prizes ………
I will be having a table at this event selling my cards, book marks and other art work. Proceeds will be donated to Sleeping Children Around the World

Eileen Rademacher

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Hitherfield School helps Sleeping Children

On Saturday, November 21st from 10 am to 4 pm you can help Sleeping Children Around the World and experience the magic of the fourth annual Christmas Bazaar and Open House at Hitherfield School.

Proceeds to support Sleeping Children Around the World.

Hitherfield School
2439 10th Side Road,
Campbellville, ON

With over forty vendors offering
  • gift baskets,
  • toys,
  • woodworking,
  • jewelry,
  • crafts,
  • baked goods,
  • and so much more.
Directions: 401 to Guelph Line, North to 10th Side Road, west 1/2 km to school gates.

Click on graphic for a larger version.


Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Stratford pair headed to Bangladesh to deliver 'bed kits'

As published in the Stratford Beacon Herald
October 20, 2009


Two Stratford residents will bombard some of the poorest regions of Bangladesh with "bed kits" this week.

Doug MacDougald and Sue Orr (pictured at right after they arrived in Bangladesh) will distribute a total of 9,000 bed kits in about two weeks. The kits are from Sleeping Children Around the World and contain a mosquito net, mat or mattress, blanket, pillow, clothes, towel and school supplies.

This will be Mr. MacDougald's third trip distributing bed kits and his second to Bangladesh. This trip is extra special because one of the areas Mr. MacDougald will be working in is the city of Jessore. It's the same city his father was posted in during the Second World War and he heard about it growing up.

Fittingly as well, it was his parents who got him interested in contributing to and distributing bed kits.

Bangladesh will pose its own set of challenges. It's hot, has poor infrastructure and it's the most densely populated country in the world. There are an estimated 162 million people crammed into 148,000 square kilometres. That's double the size of New Brunswick which has a population of 748,000 people.

All of that poses logistical challenges but there are bigger hurdles to overcome.

"The big challenge is reconciling myself to the lives these kids have. Luck of the draw they're born in Bangladesh and have their lives. Luck of the draw we're born in Canada and have our lives," Mr. MacDougald said from the airport yesterday afternoon.

The kits cost $35 and many churches, schools and other organizations in Stratford and area have purchased them. All of the money goes toward the contents of the kits. None of the $35 donation goes toward administration or distribution so volunteers pay their own way.

"I think the return is worth more in the end," Ms. Orr said while waiting to clear security.

The fact all the money goes to the bed kits was the draw for Ms. Orr.

This is her second trip to distribute bed kits but her first trip to Bangladesh. Not sure what to expect, she packed a jar of peanut butter and some power bars to eat while there.

Each child is photographed with their kit and the photo is sent to a donor. Ms. Orr noted the kits help the whole family not just one child.

"It's like they've hit the lottery," she said.

Many of the kids can't believe everything laid out is actually for them, Mr. MacDougald said.

The bed kits last about eight years.

Bangladesh was originally part of India but separated as part of Pakistan in 1947.

Economic neglect and discrimination led to war in 1971 and the formation of present day Bangladesh.

For more information about bed kits go to the Sleeping Children Around the World website at

Follow their trip as it happens on Sleeping Children's Live Reports blog.

Monday, October 5, 2009

An Evening with Lynette & Friends

Submitted by Lynette Jenkins

The 10th annual concert, “An Evening With Lynette and Friends” will be held on the 28th November, 2009 from 5 – 7 p.m. This features artists from the Kiwanis Music Festival and friends who will be singing and performing for the children in underdeveloped and developing countries that are helped by SCAW.

Unfortunately, I have had to raise the cost of entrance this year. Tickets are now $15 for children over 13 and adults. Children (under 13) tickets are $2 and there is no charge for the under 5s. The reason I have had to do this is because the cathedral has raised its rental fee from $0 to $1,600 for the concert. I am hoping that this extra money will offset the costs. We already have a sponsor for the evening, but to ask them to increase their generosity by this amount would be too much. Because of this marked increase in rental costs, this is the last time we will be holding this event at St. James. I hope you understand.

You will certainly not be disappointed by the quality of performers that have been lined up for the evening, and I am sure you will enjoy the music and it will set you and your family up for the season.

If you have any queries about this event – please email me.

"Ready for Bed Week" on October 25th

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Millions raised at zero cost

As published in The Toronto Star
July 12, 2009

Two charities spend it all on good works
By Kevin Donovan,
Staff Reporter

Dave Dryden and Nigel Raincock have raised millions of dollars for charity. Each man does it in a completely different way but their fundraising has one key thing in common.

Every cent you donate to their cause goes to good works.

Dryden heads up Sleeping Children Around the World, a charity based in the Etobicoke home where Dave and brother Ken learned to skate and stop pucks on a backyard rink. The charity raises money to help individual children in developing countries with "bedkits" – simple collections of bedding, school supplies, sometimes mosquito nets or school uniforms. They just delivered their one millionth kit in the Philippines and are setting their sights on the next million.

"We want this charity to go on forever," said Dryden.

Last year, Sleeping Children raised $2.8 million. Since it began in 1970, founded by Dave and Ken's late father, Murray Dryden, they have raised $20 million.

The charity could not be more grassroots. A $35 donation purchases a bedkit, using supplies from the home country. Volunteers assemble and distribute them at their own expense. That means the volunteer pays for airfare and accommodations in far-flung places like India, Honduras and Uganda.

There is no fundraising expense. Amazingly, word of mouth has built this charity. Donors get a photo of their bedkit being delivered. Those letters and photos are assembled on the top floor of the two-storey Dryden home by women who have volunteered for decades.

Any administrative expenses, like postage and the pay of the lone salaried employee is covered by an investment fund Murray Dryden left the charity. Every cent of each donation goes to the cause.

This is a charity that could not be more low key. A plate of brownies or some breakfast treats arrives occasionally for the volunteers. The people who go on the delivery trips overseas are often retired teachers or principals. Charity rules stop them from claiming a tax receipt for expenses that are typically $5,000.

At the other end of the spectrum is Set Sail for Hope, an annual fundraiser that mixes Toronto's business, culinary and yachting elite. Set Sail exists to support one charity, Camp Trillium – overnight and day camps that bring children with cancer and their families together.

"Cancer doesn't take a holiday, it doesn't care about the economy," said Raincock, Set Sail's chair, in a rousing speech to those assembled at its annual gala on the Toronto Islands recently.

On that Friday afternoon, 20 tables were set with white linen under spreading canopies. Chefs from some of Toronto's top restaurants, and their staff, donated time, food and considerable culinary expertise. Acqua Ristorante, Buca, Jacobs & Co. Steakhouse and Epic at the Fairmont Royal York were among them.

There was beer and wine, oyster bars and, moored near the tables, 20 sleek yachts with names like Short Circuit, Kaisei and Sea Runner. Captains and crews donated time for a cruise after lunch.

The price of admission per table/yacht is a $7,500 donation. It's mostly corporations like CIBC, Citibank Canada and Scotia Capital that donate, typically sending valued employees as a reward. They were short a table this year, and Raincock's daughter got a group of friends to kick in for the last table.

Set Sail raises between $150,000 and $160,000 annually. This year was tough, but it met its target.

"You have to kiss a lot of toads to get a princess," said Raincock, lauding the corporations who stuck by in a tough year.

Since the fundraising effort started 23 years ago, albeit as a brown bag lunch with smaller boats, Set Sail has raised $1.9 million.

Raincock's own boat, much smaller than the 44-foot yachts now used, just gets him over to the island. "This event has grown so big, she just doesn't fit in," he laughs.

With all the food, equipment, staff and boats donated for the day, the only cost Set Sail has is a $25 event permit for selling alcohol. Somebody covered that.

"Thank you for making a difference in so many kids' lives," said city Councillor Sandra Bussin, on hand to give the city's good wishes.

"It's remarkable," said Fiona Fisher, Camp Trillium's development director, as she welcomed people to the event that has been a mainstay for the unique camps.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Sleeping Children 2010 Calendar

Our 2010 calendar has arrived. The calendar for 2010 celebrates SCAW's 40th year but it's a fourteen-month calendar that starts with November, 2009.

The calendar sells for $10 and contains photos from past years' distributions in all the countries we visit. (Click the graphic above to see a larger version.)

The 2010 calendar is sponsored by Lynette Jenkins and dedicated to her father, Charles Tudor Jenkins, Harold Charles Jarman, and all fathers everywhere. For each month, the calendar shows children who have received bedkits from Sleeping Children Around the World in the past years and celebrates our fortieth year.

The entire $10 helps buy bedkits for needy children. If you don't need a tax receipt, why not buy some calendars. You'll have something to remind you about Sleeping Children all through the year, and you'll be providing bedkits for some deserving children. It makes a great gift for someone else too.

You can buy it online on our website.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

380 beds in four days

Published on the Individuell Manniskohjalp website by Filip Nilsson, one of their volunteers. In case you can't read the original Swedish at the link above, Filip sent us an English translation.

– The new beds are much better than the old ones, and the pillows are really soft, says Tsering Dolma when I ask her what she thinks of her new bedkit. She is a ninth grade student at the Munsel-Ling and is sitting outside the school with three of her friends. They are all very happy with each and one of them just receiving one of the 380 bedkits distributed at the school during the last couple of days.

A few days after our arrival we meet three volunteers, Clarence, Laura and Milton from the Canadian organisation “Sleeping Children Around the World”, SCAW. They are visiting the school for a few hectic days when they are distributing 380 beds complete with mattresses, bed linen and pillows. While the kids were busy listening to the Dalai Lama the old beds were carried away and truckload after truckload arrived with new beds and accessories.

– Earlier this year, in Kenya, we distributed our one millionth bedkit. Because of this are we now making a couple of extra celebratory journeys, not least this one to Spiti valley because our founder visited this area on one of his trips in the 1970’s, Clarence tells me. Almost everything we distribute is produced locally, preferably by smaller enterprises. That way we do away with unnecessary transportation and contribute to local business, he adds.

Even though there are many beds and bedkits being put in place in a short time, this is a small project in comparison. Often times the organisation distributes about 4,000 bedkits per project. After seeing all the people involved just at the school with the distribution one realises the amount of work behind it all.

- Lama Tashi has been our main contact at the school and we first got in touch almost a year ago, Clarence tells me. He and Principal Tsering Dorje have been most helpful with the work on location, Clarence finishes.

That the new beds are welcome is perfectly clear when talking to the students and Lama Tashi is also very happy when we meet him. He underlines the importance of getting these new beds and bed linen for the kids. Something we volunteers can agree with after visiting the sleeping quarters and seeing their old beds.
- Now we will see to it that we be finished with our new student dormitory in September, before snowfall, Lama Tashi tells us and smiles when we ask him what the next important project at the school is.

Filip Nilsson

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Spiti Valley: A Special Distribution

For more information about this special distribution, go to our Live Reports Blog.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Loblaw Charity BBQ

Submitted by Kay Mountford

Date: Saturday, August 8, 2009
Location: Store Parking Lot, Loblaw Great Foods, 380 The East Mall
Time: 11am to 5pm

Charity Recipients: Presidents’ Choice Children’s Charity & Sleeping Children Around the World

  • BBQ and drinks
  • Toronto Police
  • Toronto Fire Department
  • OPP Car
  • Classic Cars
  • Salsa Band & DJ’s
  • Clowns
  • Dunk Tank
  • Children’s Games & Prizes
  • PC Gift Basket Draw
  • Car Wash
  • Silent Auction
  • Mini Manicure & Skin Consultation (Cosmetics)
This is our CHARITY DAY … We need your help!

This is going to be a GREAT day!!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Hepworth School donates to Sleeping Children

Submitted by Loreen and Doug Cumming

Students of Hepworth Central Elementary Public School held a blitz this spring to raise money for Sleeping Children Around the World. For their kick off, we did a presentation on our distribution in Togo in May 2008.

Each classroom had a large coke bottle into which students put loose change from their own piggy banks or from a family donation.

This small school of 360 students raised enough money in two weeks to purchase eighteen bedkits.

The students loved the photos from TOGO which we showed to them and clearly they were motivated to bring money for this very worthwhile project.

Congratulations Hepworth Central Elementary School.

Monday, May 25, 2009

My last stupid purchase

As published in the Globe and Mail, Monday, May. 25, 2009

Deirdre Kelly

Eight pook toques at $25 each. Total cost: $225, taxes included

Dave Dryden, chairman of Sleeping Children Around the World on his most recent splurge
As a former NHL goalie, hockey has always been a passion of mine. As such, in January I went to Deerhurst for its annual pond-hockey tournament where I saw someone wearing a very neat and unique winter hat.

I have always been drawn to things that are creative, which I think these hats are. They come with a sheet showing you all the ways you can wear them, from a Princess Leia style to a Donald Trump Comb-Over. I thought them too unique to pass up.

The tuques are made out of old-fashioned outdoor socks and reminded me of the days playing hockey on the pond, so there was a sentimental aspect to making the purchase as well.

Since I have six grandchildren, I bought eight.

But my enthusiasm for the tuques did not translate well with my family.

First of all, four out of six of my grandchildren live in Guatemala, and have no use for a winter hat. Another, Anaka, wore the tuque once, but never again. In the end, I never even wore mine. Shortly after I purchased the hats, I went on a Sleeping Children Around the World bedkit distribution trip with my family to Pune, India. When I returned the snow had melted.

My wife thinks I'm crazy.

These days, the hats are back in their original bag, hidden at the back of my closet beneath a pile of sweaters.

I like to think of them as a buried treasure.

I hope one day that when I reach into my closet to pull the hats out, someone else will finally share my enthusiasm, and they'll get used.
As told to Deirdre Kelly

Friday, May 22, 2009

The Spirit of Giving & Sleeping Children

East York Kiwanis &
Sleeping Children Around the World

Click on graphic to see larger version

Free Lecture Series

Dave Dryden and Lynette Jenkins will talk about the tremendous impact that Margaret and Murray Dryden have made by inspiring the delivery of over 1,000,000 bedkits to children in third world countries.

The story of SCAW (Sleeping Children Around the World)

This is a free, open meeting and the general public is very welcome.

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009
Time: 7:30 pm
York Reception Centre,
1100 Millwood Rd, (Corner of Millwood & Overlea Blvd.)
Thorncliffe Park Drive
Toronto, ON M4H 1K3

Free child care will be provided.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Breakout talks about Sleeping Children

Breakout is part of the Saturday Morning Children's Block on CBC-TV.

On Saturday, May 16th Theo Dryden was featured speaking about Sleeping Children Around the Wold, the charity started by his great-grandfather and great-grandmother in 1970. He appears in the final segment of the seven-minute program.

Theo's report from the Pune distribution is on the SCAW website.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Making dreams reality

As published in the Halifax Chronicle Herald
Tue. May 12, 2009

Bed kits received like Christmas presents by impoverished children around the world

By LOIS LEGGE Features Writer
Clarence Deyoung, a 20-year volunteer with Sleeping Children Around the World, stands in his Hammonds Plains home with one of the bed kits he distributes to children in developing countries. The Canadian non-profit organization provides a bed kit for every $35 donation. (INGRID BULMER / Staff)
Clarence Deyoung, a 20-year volunteer
with Sleeping Children Around the World,
stands in his Hammonds Plains home
with one of the bedkits he distributes to
children in developing countries. The
Canadian non-profit organization
provides a bed kit for every $35
donation. (INGRID BULMER / Staff)

MOST CANADIANS take their beds for granted. They can usually count on clean clothes too, school supplies for their children and not dying from mosquito bites.

But Clarence Deyoung has met families who sleep on dirt floors, face the risk of malaria and can’t afford even basic medical care.

So, for the past 20 years the Hammonds Plains man has paid his own way to places like Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Honduras to deliver bed kits he says are more like cherished Christmas presents than basics for the impoverished children he meets.

Working with partner organizations in the affected countries, Deyoung and others bring much needed mattresses, pillows and blankets; clothes, school supplies and mosquito nets (when needed to ward off malaria) to children aged six to 12.

They’re all volunteers with the Canadian non-profit Sleeping Children Around the World (SCAW), which provides a bed kit for every $35 donation.

Murray and Margaret Dryden, the late parents of hockey great Ken Dryden, started the charity in 1970. It has since raised millions of dollars. It delivered its one millionth bed kit to a needy child overseas earlier this year.

"In many cases (it’s) the only thing new these kids will ever get in their life and they are just so excited and they are so appreciative. It’s absolutely amazing," says the 58-year-old retiree, who figures a trip to India this coming July will be his 26th or 27th mission for the charity.

Not everyone can afford to make as many trips as Deyoung since those who travel for the organization do so at their own cost. He estimates each trip ranges from $3,000-$5,000. But even so, the organization has no shortage of volunteers. In fact, it now has a waiting list of about 200 wanting to travel abroad, Deyoung says.

He puts their enthusiasm and the success of the organization down to several factors including the fact that 100 per cent of every $35 donation goes toward the kit supplies and every one who gives receives a picture of the child who benefitted from their donation.

SCAW organizers provide the money to churches, community groups or other non-profits in the foreign countries and they in turn buy the supplies most needed. Teams of six from SCAW then travel to the countries and deliver the kits to children, who have their pictures taken next to the supplies and the name of the donor.

"They like seeing the result . . . of their donations," says Deyoung, who started volunteering with the organization in 1989 after selling his Toronto-based computer business to Apple. He returned to his native Nova Scotia six years later.

"We all, everyday, support many, many, many, very worthwhile organizations, but it’s something in our human nature that we like to see something back and . . . very often we give and give and give and it seems to go in no-man’s-land and you never know where it in fact ever ends up."

But the pictures, he says "help fill that need."

"The other thing was that, although he didn’t like the word marketing, Mr. Dryden was quite a marketer himself in that, very often, when people get pictures back it’s a reminder for them to send in another $35."

The organization doesn’t directly solicit donations, says Deyoung, noting the founder felt people should give because they wanted to give not because they were pressured to donate.

Deyoung and other volunteers often give presentations about their work at schools and to community groups. And often that’s enough to get people involved in the organization, supported by a $3-million "legacy fund" from the late founders, which helps pay for things like postage, phone bills and other administrative costs.

Deyoung says he stays involved — travelling to India, the Philippines, Ecuador, Nicaragua and other places — because he sees first hand the impact $35 can make. The father of two grown children also serves on the charity’s all-volunteer board and executive committee. And he’s in charge of overseas distribution.

"It’s phenomenally rewarding work, but you know I do it simply because I have the time to and my belief is that anybody who has two arms, two legs, a heartbeat and some time should be doing whatever they can for the less fortunate in our world," says Deyoung, acknowledging the trips are often emotionally draining.

"Rarely a day goes by when the team is not in tears over some situation that we’ve run across," he says.

Not having enough bed kits to go around is often one of the most difficult aspects of the deliveries.

"We always have people gathering in the villages hoping we will have some left over. . .

"We’ve seen so many children with medical conditions that don’t have the money to be able to get that medical fix, if you will. We’ve seen one little 11-year-old girl who had lived for the best part of a year with worms because her mom didn’t have the money for the medication and so our team jumped in and bought her the medication and she recovered fantastic.

"Another little girl . . . her mom and dad were gone out for food and she was left alone in her hut and had a little propane burner that blew up and this poor little girl was burnt from head to foot. . . . She couldn’t open her mouth to eat properly, so again we arranged to have three operations for her.

"This now is something that we as individual teams have done, this has nothing to do with Sleeping Children, but it just grabs you by (the) heart and it’s so sad to see these kinds of things go on that, if it was here in our society, could be fixed. . . . We’re very, very, very fortunate to be living in the country we are."


Go to for more information or contact Deyoung at

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

In search of a good night’s sleep

From Chennai Photo Album 2009
As published in the Orleans Star: May 6, 2009

Elementary students give to global charity
by Laura Cummings

From children, to children – that was the notion at the heart of one east-end school’s latest charity fundraiser, collecting over $1,000 for an organization that ensures kids get a good night’s sleep.
Orléans’ Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha School officially handed over $1,575 to Sleeping Children Around the World (SCAW) on Thursday, April 30, after weeks of gathering money for the cause, explains principal Marilyn Hanley, an especially impressive amount for “a teeny, tiny school.”

The funding, she continues, will go towards the purchase of 45 bedkits for children in developing nations, and was raised primarily through students doing at-home chores, as well as smaller initiatives like popcorn sales over the Lenten holiday between February and March.

Blessed Kateri has supported SCAW for several years, Hanley recounts, explaining they favour the charity because none of the money raised goes towards administration costs.

“Every penny goes to (the children),” she says, adding they also donated gently-used sports jerseys to kids in India this year.

With students responding “very enthusiastically” to the initiative, Blessed Kateri was able to collect enough money this year to purchase 10 more bedkits than the last, Hanley continues. Grade 6 students also created a PowerPoint presentation about SCAW at the beginning of their fundraising efforts, she explains, making the project that much more accessible.

“Having the kids take a look at where the money’s going makes it more real,” Hanley suggests.

It’s money that’s going to good use, continues SCAW overseas team leader and Orléans resident Tom Belton.

The main mandate of SCAW is the belief that “every child has the right to have a place to sleep at night,” he explains of the organization created by Murray Dryden, father of Hockey Hall of Fame star Ken Dryden, as a retirement project.

The non-denominational, almost entirely volunteer-run group funnels donations into bedkits – comprised of items like mattresses, pillows and mosquito netting, as well as some toiletries, clothing and school supplies – for children in need around the world, Belton continues, with “every penny, every cent” going to the project.

Locations are selected for support after in-depth analysis by SCAW, he recounts, with the majority of items purchased in-country by volunteers working there. Kits are handed out equally between genders and those with varying religious beliefs, Belton explains, and are also often divvied up amongst siblings or passed down in families.

“The need for bedkits is extremely important,” he says, citing the high numbers of HIV-positive or malarial children in many developing countries, in addition to other challenges like poverty and hunger. “To have a few hours of rest, a few hours of comfort, a few hours of warmth (is key). It’s a chance to be peaceful … to prepare for the next day.”

Blessed Kateri has done “a tremendous job over the four years I’ve been involved with them,” Belton continues, acknowledging the school’s ongoing efforts.

Their support is even more poignant considering the similar ages between the school’s students and those they’re helping around the world, he suggests.

“When it comes from children to children, it makes a significant impression,” Belton explains. “It’s a gift of love from the heart.”

For more information, please visit

Monday, May 4, 2009

"Keeping the Dream Alive" on the FAN 590

As heard on the FAN 590: Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

Michael "Pinball" Clemons and Dave Dryden speak to David Alter of the FAN 590 at the "Keeping The Dream Alive" inaugural breakfast at the Royal York Hotel.

Listen here:
Michael "Pinball" Clemons
Dave Dryden

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

A Little School with a Big Heart

Submitted by Dave Dryden
Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Sacred Heart School in Midland, Ontario is "A Little School with a Big Heart." Children at the school have been donating bedkits to Sleeping Children since Dad first visited the school in 1986.

Today, I visited the school to receive the a donation of 155 bedkits from the school with a JK to grade 8 student population of 210 children. It was truly a memorable experience.

Thanks to the students, staff and parents, you were wonderful.

Dave Dryden

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Dave on the FAN 590

As broadcast on April 15th, 2009

Go to the FAN 590 and listen to Dave Dryden talk about Sleeping Children Around the World in the second half of the show.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Securing Sweet Dreams

As published in the Victoria Province
April 11, 2009

by Elaine O'Connor

Victoria's Judy Dryden is devoting her days to ensuring the world's needy children get a good night's sleep.

The retired public health nurse is a volunteer with Sleeping Children Around the World (SCAW), a charity her parents Margaret and Murray Dryden (parents of hockey stars Ken and Dave Dryden) founded in 1970. But it wasn't until after she retired that she was able to join an international mission to Bangladesh in 2007 and see for herself the difference a safe sleep makes to poor children.

The Canadian registered charity provides bed kits (containing a treated mosquito net, a mat, blankets and pillow, school supplies, towel, shoes, hats, a school uniform and water bottle) to children in the developing world. On Dryden's trip to Pune, India this past February, they came close to distributing their one-millionth kit — 999,850 to date and another 150 to go. The group should reach their goal after a distribution in the Philippines this April.

"We're now at the one million bed kits distributed mark," says the 57-year-old. "Mom and Dad would just be so gratified to see that this has worked."

Pune was the site of SCAW's very first donations almost 40 years ago. There, Dryden helped distribute kits to 3,000 children living in poor rural villages of Sarole Pathar, Javalebaleshwar, Sunjalwadi Pathar, Modhaliwadi and Nandur Kandarmal.

"It was coming full circle," Dryden said. "Being back where Dad started it all and talking to women who had received those early kits as children to see what effects it had on them. Just listening to them talk about it. Besides better sleep, one said she learned her ABCs by reading the pattern on her quilt ... one lady who was now a nurse said she still had the blanket from the bed kit she got as a child in 1983."

As a nurse, Dryden was particularly struck by the health conditions she saw in some of the children, noting eye conditions like strabismus and even blindness appeared to be more common, malnutrition and related hair discoloration were obvious, and some children had burns or amputations from accidents they suffered while working.

The bed kits, Dryden said, are not only crucial to the children's sleep, but to their overall health — the use of treated mosquito nets can radically reduce the incidence of malaria, which can be a major threat to small children, and the water bottle help kids carry potable water with them.

Since its inception, SCAW has raised more than $22 million to provide bedkits for close to one million children in 33 countries, including Bangladesh, Kenya, Honduras, Uganda, Nicaragua, Togo and Tanzania.

It started as a retirement project for Dryden's father. He was an amateur photographer and on one trip to India in the late 1960s he tripped over a child sleeping on the street. He realized he could do something to help children who didn't have a safe place to sleep. In SCAW's first year he and his wife provided bed kits to 50 children in India, and every year their efforts grew. They started with $3,000 of their personal funds and untimately donated some $3 million, as well as leaving their Toronto house to the organization as a head office for 200 volunteers. Murray Dryden was awarded the Order of Canada for his efforts before he passed away in 2004.

The Toronto-based volunteer-run charity also does outreach in Canadian schools. Dryden says many of the donations for bed kits come from concerned B.C. residents and local schools like Richmond's Ecole des Navigateurs have pitched in.

Each $35 donation to SCAW buys one bed kit, sourced locally in each country, and donors receive a picture of the sponsored child and their kit. The charity is hosting a fundraiser breakfast in Toronto on April 29 at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel.

Learn more about Sleeping Children Around the World or make a donation or give a gift.

Read blog entries from SCAW's on-the-ground volunteers, get the latest news about fundraisers and events or visit their photo gallery to see bed kit distribution in action.

If you have any tips on B.C. residents' work in or for the developing world you can email them to

The Other Dryden

As published in the Hamilton Spectator
April 11, 2009

Photo: Scott Gardner, the Hamilton Spectator

Meet the man behind the mask, the one who stopped Bobby Hull, lost to Gretzky and mentored the iconic Ken


Dave Dryden walked into the old Chicago Stadium, looked around and tried not to be intimidated, either by the enormity of the building or the situation he now found himself facing. Back in the days of the NHL's original six teams, the stadium was easily the league's largest rink, and this was about to become Dryden's new home as a goalie for the Chicago Blackhawks.

Somehow, in a matter of months, he had gone from teaching school and playing goal on the side for the Galt Hornets of the Ontario senior A league, to the Buffalo Bisons of the American Hockey League, to the biggest stage in hockey's big league.

It was September 1965, and training camp for the Blackhawks was going to start the following day.

"Back then, the guys never worked out in the summer," said Dryden. "You'd show up, get your skates sharpened, skate around, and the next day, you'd start your practices."

Dryden had been told to be at the rink by 10 a.m. to make sure his equipment fitted but, excited and eager, he was far too early. There was no one else in the dressing room.

He suited up in his new goalie gear and wandered out alone onto the Chicago Stadium ice, taking lap after lap on his own.

"The dressing rooms at the Chicago Stadium were downstairs, so you had to walk upstairs to go on the ice," Dryden recalled. "I could hear footsteps on the stairs."

It was Bobby Hull.

"So here I am on the ice, skating around all by myself with Bobby Hull," said Dryden. "We skated around and chatted, I don't know what about, and he said 'How about I take some shots on you?' I thought 'Hoo boy.'

Dryden said Hull "did 10 breakaways on me, and I beat him every time."

They headed back down to the dressing room and, by this time, about 15 more players had arrived.

"Bobby just said 'Guys, this is Dave Dryden, he just stoned me 10 out of 10 times and this guy is good,'" Dryden said.

"You never forget that. Bobby, he probably wouldn't remember that, but for me, that's something I'll always remember.

"It gave me every sense of confidence. I mean, there's no bloody way I should have made the team."

A door closes, a window opens. Right place at the right time. Call it what you want, it always seemed to work out that way for Dave Dryden throughout his hockey career.

You'd be excused for not knowing there were two Dryden brothers who played goaltender in the NHL.

Any Canadian hockey fan is familiar with younger brother Ken, the hall-of-famer for the Montreal Canadiens, member of Team Canada, which beat the Soviets in the 1972 Summit Series, and now a Liberal MP.

Fewer are familiar with his elder brother Dave, who knocked around the NHL and WHA from 1965 to 1979 with Chicago, Buffalo and Edmonton -- a career that started as an emergency replacement for Gump Worsley and ended with Wayne Gretzky as a teammate.

Fewer still would know that Dave Dryden is credited with changing the way the game is played.

"Dave completely revolutionized how a goaltender plays," Ken said from his office on Parliament Hill.

"That is something that should not be underestimated at all," he added. "People think of goaltending being transformed by Jacques Plante and Glenn Hall with the butterfly, but the third transformational figure in goaltending is my brother."

One was the teacher, literally, and one was the student.

One was the innovator, always tinkering, always asking why. The other would become an iconic figure, the calm, cerebral backstop of a hockey dynasty during the '70s, then a celebrated author and politician.

"I mean, who knows, way back when you're a kid, what motivates you, but I'm almost sure the reason I wanted to be a goalie and only be a goalie was because of Dave," said Ken. "Here's a kid who's six years older, doing all the things I wanted to do. He was a pitcher and a shortstop; I was a pitcher and a shortstop. He was a goalie; I was a goalie.

"It was hero worship," Ken added. "It wasn't rivalry.

"He didn't treat me as an annoyance. He never made me feel that way."

The Dryden brothers were born in Hamilton -- Dave in 1941 and Ken in 1947 -- and they lived on Haddon Avenue North, near McMaster University.

"A two-storey house with a coal bin in the basement," Dave recalled. "I remember the cupboards in the kitchen were big enough that if I took the pots and pans out, I could crawl in there and hide. It's funny the things you remember."

Goaltender was the only position that ever interested either of the Drydens. Dave's only game as a forward was a charity match after he retired. Ken played parts of three games out of the net until the end of his NHL career.

"For some reason, I loved to catch and loved to react to things," said Dave, who now lives in Oakville and is and chair of the Sleeping Children Around The World charity, an organization started by his parents, Murray, and Margaret.

"It was more fun to be on the defensive and stop somebody than to be out there on the offence all the time," Dave added.

A fluke injury pushed Dave Dryden into his first NHL game in 1962 while he was still a junior with the Toronto Marlboros.

It was one of those right place at the right time moments.

Back in those days, NHL teams carried only one goalie, so the Maple Leafs would pay one of their junior goalies from the Marlies $10 to sit in the stands in case either team needed a fill-in.

The New York Rangers had come to Maple Leaf Gardens, and just as the second period started, Ranger goalie Gump Worsley threw out his back. "They had to drag him off the ice, literally," Dave said.

Dryden was summoned from the stands, threw on Marlie equipment and Gump's sweater, and played the final two periods against his parent club. His first save was a breakaway by the Leafs' Dave Keon.

He let in three goals, including one with less than a minute to go, as the Rangers lost 4-1, but by all accounts, Dryden performed admirably.

"There are very few games I can remember, but I can remember almost everything of that game," Dryden said. "There was one shot that absolutely convinced me that there are instances when you know ahead of time what's going to happen."

With about three seconds to go in the second period, there was a faceoff to Dryden's left.

"As we started lining up, I knew that they were going to win the draw, that Bobby Nevin was going to get the puck and that Bobby was going to shoot low on my stick side," said Dryden. "I just knew it."

Years later, when Ken was president of the Maple Leafs, he went into the club's archives, found the footage from his brother's first game, had it transferred to a DVD and gave it to Dave as a Christmas present.

Watching it confirmed Dave's own memory of the game, and his premonition about that one play.

"They won the draw, it went back to Nevin, he took a shot that was going right in the very bottom right-hand corner, and I got my toe on it," said Dryden. "I remember going off the ice thinking 'I knew that was going to happen.'

"I don't know why, but I knew it before it happened."

Dave Dryden never set out to be an NHL goalie.

"Honestly, I didn't think I was cut out for it," he said. "I knew I was a pretty good goaltender, and I knew on the good nights, I could be a really good goaltender, but I just didn't have an image of myself as a professional goalie."

He was a teacher by age 20, playing goal for the Galt Hornets on the side and taking courses at the University of Waterloo.

In February 1965, Dryden's season with Galt came to a premature end when he developed pneumonia. Weeks later, however, he got an unexpected call from the Buffalo Bisons, Chicago's farm team in the AHL.

Bison goalie Eddie Chadwick was injured, and one of the Bison players, former Hamilton Red Wing Larry Ziliotto, had played with Dryden in Galt and recommended him as a replacement.

Dryden was called up for two weekend games, won both and recorded a shutout.

The Bisons' coach believed Dryden was the team's new good luck charm, so he'd call him up for weekend games -- the only time Dryden could play because of his teaching duties -- even after Buffalo's regular goalie returned from injury.

A door closes, a window opens.

"At the end of it, Chicago asked 'Do you want to come to training camp next year?'" Dryden recalled. "I said 'Well, I won't go unless I have a contract.'

"It had to be three times what I made as a teacher," Dryden said. "Which meant $10,000."

By the 1969-70 season, Dryden could see that his days were numbered in Chicago.

The Blackhawks had picked up Tony Esposito, and he was tearing the league apart in his first full year, recording an incredible 15 shutouts on his way to Rookie of the Year honours.

Dryden played a few games in the minors then decided to go back to Toronto to teach school.

But the NHL had expanded again and Dryden was picked up by the new Buffalo Sabres.

"I was totally rejuvenated," said Dryden. "Buffalo was my best place."

During the first season, the Sabres carried three goalies, and Dryden wasn't seeing much action so he asked coach Punch Imlach to send him to Buffalo's farm team in Salt Lake City to get some playing time.

While he was in the minors, he hurt his shoulder just before being called back to the NHL to join the Sabres for a road game in Minnesota in March 1971.

Sabres' coach Punch Imlach used to designate which goalie would be playing by walking around the dressing room before a game and kicking the leg pads of the starter.

Dryden wasn't expecting to play, then watched in horror as Imlach walked past veteran Roger Crozier and kicked Dryden's pads. He raced to the trainer and had him quickly apply some ointment to his ailing shoulder.

Dryden then went out and led the Sabres to a 5-0 win.

"I think I've still got the puck," Dryden said. "Forty-eight shots, and I get a shutout."

"I was right out of my mind. That changed my career, that one bloody game."

Shortly after, the Sabres traded away their third goalie.

Right place at the right time.

Dryden spent four seasons with the Sabres, with his workload increasing each year.

During the 1973-74 season, he appeared in 53 of Buffalo's 78 games and played in the NHL all-star game.

"Much to my embarrassment," Dryden cringed. "I was awful.

"There's a guy who owes me a truck, and that's Garry Unger," he added.

Unger scored three goals on Dryden during the game, and was rewarded with a new truck when he was named MVP of the all-star game.

"I always told him that truck was half mine," Dryden joked.

After the 1973-74 season ended, Imlach told Dryden he was probably going to be traded. Dryden decided to jump to the Chicago Cougars of the rival World Hockey Association, a team coached by Pat Stapleton, an old friend from their days together on the Blackhawks.

"I was actually looking forward to it," Dryden said. "The NHL, at the time I left, was the Broad Street Bullies.

"There was such a sense of gang intimidation on the ice all the time," he added. "That was the winning style, and you couldn't knock it, but a lot of guys really weren't comfortable with that.

"And you could certainly get more money going to the WHA."

One small problem, though. The Kaiser brothers, who owned the Cougars, were going bankrupt.

Early in the season, Dryden, Stapleton, teammate Ralph Backstrom and Stapleton's lawyer, ended up as co-owners of the Chicago franchise, backed financially by the league.

"We said 'Yeah, what the heck,'" Dryden recalled. "What was obvious right off the bat was that we were losing a lot of money. I think they lost over a million dollars while we were running the team.

"My credit card was maxed out," he said. "Some of the cheques that we were giving to the guys had bounced.

"You go to the airport and you've got 25 guys with you and they say 'Well, who's paying for the tickets?' and it's 'Oh God, here's the credit card, put it on my card.'"

The Cougars disbanded after the 1974-75 season, and Dryden ended up with the Edmonton Oilers.

Another door closes, another window opens.

"People said, 'You don't want to go to Edmonton-- that's the end of the world,'" Dryden said. "Well, it wasn't. It was a great place to go."

By the 1978-79 season, Dryden was making $125,000 a year. "That was good money," he added. "I was very happy."

In October 1978, Dryden became the answer to a trivia question -- he was the goalie who allowed Wayne Gretzky's first goal as a pro hockey player.

Gretzky was a skinny 17-year-old playing for the Indianapolis Racers when Dryden and the Oilers arrived in town early in the season.

Stapleton was now coaching the Racers, so Dryden called him up the night before the game and asked how things were going.

"He said, 'I've got this kid, Gretzky, on the team. He's a wonderful kid, but he hasn't scored a goal, and I don't know what to do with him,'" Dryden recalled.

The next night, Gretzky scored his first, a low backhander from far out that beat Dryden on the stick side. You can even watch it on YouTube, Dryden's told.

"I don't want to watch that friggin' thing," Dryden laughed.

Eight seconds after the first Gretzky goal, Dryden was also the goalie who allowed the Great One's second professional goal.

"I think the second one was through my legs," he admitted, sheepishly. "It was a dink-ass goal. I was so ticked afterwards."

A week later, Gretzky became Dryden's teammate when financial pressures forced Racers' flamboyant owner Nelson Skalbania to dump his teenaged phenom.

"When Wayne came to Edmonton, the first thing I said to him was, 'Hey kid, you're in this league because of me,'" Dryden joked.

Playing against him in practice, however, taught Dryden what made Gretzky special.

"If you had him just take shots on you, his shot wasn't great," said Dryden. "It was very average. But he had the ability to outwait just about anybody.

"As a goalie, I found the way to play against Wayne was to do nothing. So when he came in on you, you just waited and waited ...

"As soon as you made an anticipatory move, he'd go the other way. He had such a great ability to react to a situation.

"But the other thing was he just had so much confidence," Dryden explained. "Not boastful or arrogant, though. He'd come down the ice on the wing, shoot from 30 feet, and I'd stop it, and he'd say, 'Gee Dave, you're lucky. I should have scored on that.'

"And it was like, 'Wayne, give it a break, you shouldn't score one out of a 100 from there.' But he was so used to being successful that he just expected to be successful. The only other guy I've ever played against who was like that was Bobby Orr."

One of Dryden's other teammates in Edmonton was Steve Carlson, better known as one of the Hanson brothers in the movie Slap Shot.

"We went into Quebec City for one game, and at the end of the game, this guy comes in the dressing room door and it's Paul Newman," Dryden recalled. "Stevie took him around and introduced him to everybody."

Dryden was named the WHA's Most Valuable Player for the 1978-79 season, winning 41 of the 63 games he played in and allowing an impressive 2.89 goals per game. That made him the answer to another trivia question -- the last player to be named MVP of the WHA.

That summer, the Oilers and three other WHA teams were absorbed by the NHL when the league folded.

When the 1979-80 season started, Dryden was 38, and he knew his time was almost up. He wasn't playing well, and he was beginning to worry that he was hurting, not helping, the team.

In December, during a pregame skate in Denver, he went up to coach Glen Sather and simply told him he was retiring after that game.

"I just knew," Dryden said. "I always wanted to retire when I knew it was the time. I never regretted it."

Throughout his career, Dryden was constantly tinkering with his goaltender equipment. The great irony was that goalie gear weighed about 40 pounds in those days, and yet despite that bulky weight, it did a horrible job of protecting a goalie.

"Especially arm pads -- traditionally they were awful, like quilted nothing," said brother Ken. "And they just about did nothing.

"He decided to question everything about the nature of equipment," Ken added.

Why leather? Why deer hair in the pads? Why not nylon and foam and plastic?

"He would break down equipment, weigh each individual component and then ask himself if there was another material that could be used that was lighter that would be just as effective," Ken said.

"Goalie equipment is so much bigger than it was before," added Ken. "If there wasn't the change in materials, that 40 pounds of equipment would be 70 pounds of equipment now, and it would be unwearable.

"Now this equipment that is so much larger than before actually is also so much lighter."

But Dave Dryden's greater contribution was reinventing the goalie mask. The combination fibreglass shell and wire cage model he developed remains the standard for goaltenders today.

"The first masks that we wore didn't stop us from getting hurt -- they stopped us from getting cut," said Dave.

He used to make his own masks, so he took one of his old ones, cut a hole in the front, then began using solder wire to create different grid patterns that would maximize both visibility and protection. Once he found the right pattern, he had someone make the wire cage and attach it to the outer shell.

"You almost never see a goalie injured from being hit in the mask now," said Ken. "They'll do a little shake of the head, and then they're back into it."

The standup style of goaltending that was popular through the 1970s had almost nothing to do with playing the position effectively, Ken noted.

"It was a compromise for safety," he said. "It was a way of keeping your head above the bar, out of the way of just about every shot that would come in.

"It's allowed every goalie to change their style from standup to butterfly to deep butterfly to even the Dominik Hasek dimension because their face is no longer vulnerable," Ken said. "That has completely changed how people play goal.

"By far, the best style is to bring all of your body under the bar because with all of your body under the bar, you've got that much more of the net protected."

Better protection of the head and body, combined with lighter equipment, has revolutionized the way goaltenders play.

"We became like an octopus because what was important was the flexibility to get any part of your body in front of the puck," Dave said, "because no matter where you got hit, it wasn't going to hurt.

"As soon as a high level of fear was taken out of the game for the goalies, it just absolutely liberated them to do whatever they wanted."

"And that's all because of what Dave introduced," Ken added proudly.


Thursday, April 9, 2009

Oh brother, what a matchup!

As published in the Hamilton Specator
April 9, 2009

Brothers Dryden made NHL history


Thirty-eight years. Can it really be that long ago?

Has it really been 38 years since the Hamilton-born Dryden brothers made NHL history?

“It seems like it was another life,” Ken Dryden said, a touch wistfully, from his office on Parliament Hill.

Ken is now a Liberal MP while Dave, who lives in Oakville, is president and chairman of Sleeping Children Around the World, a charity started by their father, Murray Dryden.

“You feel almost as much a spectator to that as other people were a spectator to it,” Ken said.

It was March 20, 1971, a Saturday night at the Montreal Forum, when Ken and his older brother Dave became the first brothers to ever play goal against each other in an NHL game.

It was a historic occasion that very nearly didn’t come to pass.

Six nights earlier, Ken had just played his first NHL game ever. He had been called up from the Montreal Canadiens’ farm team and backstopped the Habs to a 5-1 win against the Penguins in Pittsburgh.

That same night in Minnesota, Dave went one better, kicking aside 48 shots and picking up a shutout as the Buffalo Sabres blasted the North Stars 5-0.

The Sabres were coached at the time by Punch Imlach, a man who enjoyed grand gestures.

Imlach was determined to see the two brothers square off in Montreal that Saturday night.

“Punch was the kind of guy who always wanted to make history,” said Dave. “I remember him telling me, ‘Dave, you’re starting tomorrow and I’m going to challenge them to see who they’re going to start.’ ”

But Montreal coach Al MacNeil had already decided that Rogie Vachon would start against Buffalo, with Ken on the bench.

“I remember getting a call from our dad on the Thursday and Dad saying ‘I think I’m going to come down for the game,’ ” Ken said. “I said, ‘Well, that’s fine but you might be disappointed because I’ve been told I’m not playing.’ But he still decided he was going to come.

“I was still just trying to fit in with the team,” he added. “Your focus is just on surviving.”

As coach of the visiting team, Imlach was required to submit his starting lineup first, and he marked Dave down as his goaltender.

But MacNeil stuck with his plan and put Vachon in net.

“Punch then comes to me and says ‘Dave, you’re out there to start but I’m going to replace you right off the bat because Ken’s not playing,’ ” Dave recalled.

“I’m sure I wasn’t there for much more than the national anthem,” Dave added. “I kidded him later and said ‘Punch, what was the problem? Wasn’t I standing straight enough?’ ”

The game started and, at the first whistle, Dave Dryden skated off the ice and he was replaced by Joe Daley in the Buffalo net. Now the two Dryden brothers were watching the game from opposite benches.

But, a couple of minutes into the second period, Vachon went down with an injury.

“Rogie’s a tough guy, he always bounces up, but he didn’t bounce up this time,” said Ken.
MacNeil had no choice but to put Ken into the game.

“As soon as Ken went in, Punch said ‘In you go, too,’ ” Dave said. “To him, the score would have meant nothing, it was just the fact that he had set out to have both of us play against each other.”

“There’s such an unreality to it,” Ken noted. “I don’t suspect Dave felt comfortable for the rest of the game. I know I didn’t.”

The final score was 5-2 for Montreal — not surprising, really, since the Canadiens were on their way to a Stanley Cup title while the Sabres were in their first year as an expansion franchise.

When the game ended, the two brothers skated to centre ice and shook hands, a ritual normally reserved for playoff games.

“We knew, I think, that no brothers had played against each other, but the crowd didn’t know at all,” said Dave.

“It’s interesting, we have a picture of Ken and I at the end of the game shaking hands and you can see the crowd in the background, and obviously the crowd wasn’t watching. There isn’t anyone’s face looking at us.”

“The best part was here was our Dad, who took a chance and came down, and he saw it,” added Ken.

The Drydens ended up playing against each other about four or five times over the course of their careers, and the standing agreement was they would always shake hands at centre ice after the game.

Dave always marvelled at his brother’s powers of concentration.

“One time, it was at the Forum, I remember skating out toward centre ice after the game and looking up to see Ken skating off the ice and me thinking ‘Hmm, that’s funny,’ ” said Dave. “I think it was Serge Savard giving Ken a whack on the pads and pointing out to centre ice and you could see Ken kind of going ‘Oh yeah, I forgot.’

“My reaction was ‘Holy frig, he’s got a powerful mind’ because I couldn’t block out the fact that it was Ken at the other end,” Dave said. “It wasn’t another goalie, it was my brother. It was always there.”

“It’s interesting that he said that because I thought it was the opposite,” responded Ken. “I could never forget he was down at the other end. I always felt ‘I cannot get into this game.’

“I was so distracted knowing he was at the other end,” Ken added. “I didn’t enjoy those games against Buffalo.”

For Ken, the rest of the 1970-71 season passed like a dream come true. He appeared in only six regular-season games for the Canadiens, won them all and allowed just nine goals.

With just six NHL games under his belt, he then started all 20 of Montreal’s playoff games, leading the Habs to the Stanley Cup championship.

Dryden was named the winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player in the playoffs, and he’d go on to win five more Stanley Cup titles.

“He was good,” brother Dave said simply. “I could watch a game analytically and it wasn’t that he was lucky.

“He’s worthy of all the accolades he gets.”