Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Ballet students ready to present ‘The Snow Queen’

Ballet students ready to present ‘The Snow Queen’. Students
at the School of Dance and Musicianship are gearing up for
“The Snow Queen.” From left to right are Holly Frey, Gaby
Desroches, Heather Hough, Gillian Kopeschny,
Genevieve Lefaive, Marie Duffy, Nikita Grise, Victoria
Blais and Erin Frey. Submitted photo
As published on the Simcoe.com website, November 30, 2010

Performers range in age from three to 17

MIDLAND – Months of preparation by approximately 45 young ballet students will come to fruition this week with a performance of “The Snow Queen.”

The children, ages three to 17, are students at the School of Dance and Musicianship in Midland.

Patricia Stenton, director of the school, also has the role of producer and choreographer.

“I started thinking about ‘The Snow Queen’ as a ballet in the spring of 2009. When I discussed it with my senior dancers and saw their enthusiasm, my work (began) in earnest,” she said.

She read the Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale over and over, selecting the essential elements in order to arrange them into dance scenes.

“As for the choreography itself, that’s a process that evolves over a long period of time, like a mosaic that slowly becomes a work of art,” Stenton explained. “Since there was no suitable musical score, I had to spend a lot of time listening to all kinds of music to find pieces that would help us tell the story through dance.”

The school has staged a production every two years since 1985, including full-length ballets such as “The Nutcracker,” “Hansel and Gretel” and “Cinderella.”

“The Snow Queen” is a story about two friends, Gerda and Kai, who are separated when the Snow Queen takes Kai to her icy domain. A magic mirror adds to the dramatic events, and Gerda must brave many adventures when she sets out in search of her friend.

The ballet is filled with many colourful characters Gerda meets along the way to the story’s happy ending.

All proceeds of the production will go to Sleeping Children Around the World, which has been the charity of choice for all of school’s public performances since 1991. The Canadian organization provides bed kits containing a mattress, bedding, clothing and sometimes school supplies, dishes or a layette for a baby.

“The Snow Queen” will take to the stage at Monsignor Castex School on Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 4 at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $9 for those 18 and under. They are available at Johnstone’s MusicLand, The Explorers CafĂ©, Karma Marketplace and through the School of Dance and Musicianship at 526-5256.

For more information about Sleeping Children Around the World, or to make a donation, visit www.scaw.org.

Majors Announce Details of Fourth Annual Teddy Bear Toss

As published on the St. Michael's Majors website, November 30, 2010

MISSISSAUGA, ON – The Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors are pleased to announce the details for the teams fourth annual Teddy Bear Toss. Children locally and abroad will once again benefit from this years event as the Boys and Girls Club of Peel Region will be receiving the bears that are tossed on the ice and Sleeping Children Around the World will receive funds through stuffed animals that are sold at the game. Fans are encouraged to bring a new or lightly used stuffed animals to the game to toss onto the ice after the Majors first goal of the game. The team is also encouraging fans to purchase a stuffed animal when they arrive to further support the cause. Canadian Tire stores in Mississauga are donating 2000 stuffed animals to the event.

The Majors have hosted a Teddy Bear Toss every year since the team arrived in Mississauga for the 2007-2008 season. Their first toss was on December 14th, 2007, when then rookie Casey Cizikas scored at the 16:43 mark of the first period, giving the Majors a 1-0 lead, and giving the fans reason to let their teddy bears fly. A total of 746 bears were collected in the inaugural toss. In 2008, the game was played on December 12th, against the Majors old rivals, the Niagara IceDogs. This time, Captain Jesse Messier got the Majors first goal and sent 963 stuffed animals flying on the ice. Last season, the Majors took on the Ottawa 67’s and set a new record for Mississauga Teddy Bear Tosses once again. This time is was Kelly Geoffrey who opened the scoring for Mississauga and 1013 stuffed animals flooded the ice.

The ceremonial puck drop on December 10 will include representatives from the Boys and Girls Club of Peel Region, Canadian Tire and Sleeping Children Around the World. Sleeping Children Around the World will be represented by Dave Dryden who played for the Majors the last time the team won the Memorial Cup in 1961. After winning the Memorial Cup with St. Mike’s, he went on to a solid 14 year career in the NHL and WHA. He now devotes his time and energy to Sleeping Children Around the World.

Fans also have the opportunity to get discounted tickets to the game. Beginning on Saturday, December 4, Canadian Tire stores in Mississauga will be handing out a coupon for $4 off a ticket to the December 10 game with purchase. Vouchers are limited so make sure to stop in at your closest Canadian Tire store. All five Canadian Tire stores in Mississauga will be participating (Canadian Tire Meadowvale - 6670 Meadowvale Town Centre Circle, Canadian Tire Heartland – 5970 Mavis Road, Canadian Tire Southdown – 900 Southdown Road, Canadian Tire Dixie/Dundas – 1156 Dundas St. E and Canadian Tire Mavis/Dundas – 3050 Mavis Road).

The Majors, Sleeping Children Around the World and the Boys and Girls Club of Peel Region thankful to have the support of the five Dealers of the Mississauga Canadian Tire stores. The Canadian Tire stores in Mississauga help children participate in sports through their JumpStart program and are giving back to the community with their continued support of the Toys for Tots initiative again this year. This opportunity allows them to continue on with their community support of the Boys and Girls Clubat this important time. Being able to assist the Dryden family with their worthy charity is an added bonus of this fun event.

Tickets to the game are available at the Hershey Centre box office or online at ticketmaster.ca. Fans can also purchase tickets by calling 905-502-7788 x. 1.

New MasterCard Memorial Cup Six Game Flex Packs are now available as well. Fans can get tickets to the entire MasterCard Memorial Cup and six flex pack vouchers as well for as little as $549 (plus applicable taxes and fees). Call 905-502-7788 x. 1 or visit stmichaelsmajors.com for more information.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Aktion Club Service Initiative for SCAW

As published on the Kiwanis Aktion Club website, November, 2010

Working together to make the world a better place. This is what Aktion Club members are striving to do one project at a time. Aktion Club members have united together in an effort to support an international Service Initiative.

The focus of the Aktion Club Service Initiative is Sleeping Children Around the World, a nonprofit organization located in Toronto, Ontario.

The mission of SCAW is to provide bed kits to children in need throughout the developing world. This is carried out through free-will donations and partnerships with volunteers around the globe. A bed kit donation of $37 provides a mat or mattress, pillow, sheet, blanket, mosquito net (if applicable), clothes outfit, towel and school supplies.

Kiwanis family members are asked to support this initiative by making monetary donations to Aktion Clubs for Sleeping Children Around the World.

Click on the graphic to see it in larger size. For more information and for resources, please go to Aktion Club website.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Santa Experience at Sherway Gardens

The Award Winning Santa Experience
Returns to Sherway Gardens!

Presented by Sherway Gardens
Starts: November 15, 2010 | Ends: December 24, 2010
Enjoy the magic of the holiday season at the award-winning Santa Experience, an exciting, interactive visit with Santa at Sherway Gardens weekdays and Saturdays. The Santa Experience consists of a thirty-minute activity period with marching, dancing, singing and story reading with Santa and his elves. Parents are invited to take their own photos at the end of each session when every child gets a special moment with Santa. This program is designed for children aged 2 - 6 years. 
Registration is accepted in person only at the
Holiday Booth near the entrance to Sherway Square.
100% of the $5 per child ticket price goes to
Sleeping Children Around the World.
Weekdays and Saturdays
There are no Sunday sessions.
For more information and schedules,
please go to the Sherway Gardens website.

Friday, November 12, 2010

SCAW at the Owen Sound Heritage Mall

For the 17th year in a row, St. Thomas and St. George's Anglican Churches in Owen Sound have set up their display at the Heritage Mall in Owen Sound
to promote Sleeping Children Around the World and sell bedkits.

Looking after things on Friday morning were (Left to right) Lynda Douglas and Barb Dilworth.

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.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Helping sweet dreams happen

As published by the Stratford Citizen November 11, 2010
By Adam Gardiner

MacDougald on a previous trip to Bangladesh,
surrounded by some of the children he came to help.
Contributed photo
While those on this side of the world are going about their daily business, Doug MacDougald is miles away helping make thousands of children’s lives better.

The local veterinarian is in the middle of a three-week tour in Bangladesh, where he is helping deliver bedkits to 6,000 children through Canadian charity Sleeping Children Around the World (SCAW).

“The kids that we give these to often don’t even have a place to sleep,” MacDougald told the Citizen October 21, two days before he and five other volunteers from the area departed. “So receiving this is phenomenal for the child and their family.”

The charity sends volunteers in teams of six to countries with low GDPs per capita, such as India, the Phillipines and various nations in Africa and Central America.

The volunteers use fundraising money to purchase materials for bedkits – including sleep mats, mosquito nets and bedding, as well as clothing and school supplies – at a cost of $35 per kit, and help assemble and distribute them to children in need. A charity trust fund back home pays for the volunteers’ travel and administrative costs.

“It’s a very low-cost system,” MacDougald said. “You get a lot of stuff for $35 in Bangladesh.”

This is MacDougald’s third SCAW trip – his last was a year ago – and for the first time, he’s going as team leader.

SCAW is “a longtime favourite charity” of his parents, he said, with many of their donations over the last 20 years made in his name as well as those of his children and grandchildren.

“It’s been a family charity that I now am more actively involved in through volunteer work..”

But the missions are often “gut-wrenching,” he says, because in spite of the thousands of kits teams hand out, there are always so many more poverty-stricken families to assist.

“We’re helping 6,000 kids get a little better sleep with healthier mosquito nets, and the clothing is often school clothing so we support education in that basic way. But there’s so much need.”

For his current trip, MacDougald’s team is supported by the Rotary Club of Dhaka, Bangladesh’s capital city. The club also coordinates with other Rotary Clubs there for support, enabling the team to carry out their work in communities across the country.

“They’re a tremendously supportive organization,” he said.

It’s a similar story back home too.

“Several people in our community are supporters of SCAW and actively volunteer and travel,” said MacDougald, adding that local resident Sue Orr will be making a SCAW trip to India next year.

Anyone interested in purchasing a bedkit can make their $35 donation through scaw.org, either in their name or that of a loved one (donations make a great Christmas gift, MacDougald says). Donors will receive a photo of the child their bedkit was given to, taken by the volunteers who make SCAW’s work possible.

“The charity operates by word-of-mouth; there aren’t mailings or follow-up calls,” MacDougald said. “It’s freewill giving…

“Like I say, $35 is real money, but boy, the amount that it actually contributes to an individual child’s well-being is significant.”

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Eileen Rademacher supports SCAW

Click on graphic to see larger version.
Submitted by Eileen Rademacher

Sunday, November 28th 2010

Christmas in the Bag
The Shaver Homestead

450 The West Mall
Etobicoke, M9C 1E9
10am to 3 pm
I will have a table at this event selling my art work.
All proceeds will be donated to SLEEPING CHILDREN AROUND THE WORLD

Eileen sent out this report on Tuesday, November 30th
Dear Family and Friends,

Thank you so much for the great support you gave me on Sunday at the craft show. Because of you all, 10 children will receive bedkits through SCAW. I will send you a photograph of them in about four months after they have been distributed.

I hope that you all have a wonderful Christmas.


Eileen sent out this report on February 22nd, 2011

I recently returned from the Chennai distribution of 6,000 bedkits. These are the children who received the bedkits from the proceeds of my art sale.

They were very special. Thank you so much for your support.

Eileen Rademacher

Monday, November 8, 2010

Grant Clark -- One of fifty "Champions of Change"


On November 15th at 8:00 ET on CBC News Network's Connect with Mark Kelley Mark will announce the Top 10 finalists. Then, you get to vote for your two favourites!

Grant Clark
As published on the CBC Website

NAME: Grant Clark

AGE: 64


CATEGORY: International - Health & Wellness

ORGANIZATION(S): Sleeping Children Around the World (SCAW)


Grant, a retired principal with the Peel School Board, started volunteering in 1991 with the Sleeping Children Around the World (SCAW), an organization which aims is to provide comfortable bedding and bed nets - or "bed kits" - to children between 6 and 12 years old. He got involved with SCAW after hearing about a fellow teacher's trip to Columbia. He invited the founder of the group to his school to speak about the issue, and found himself transformed to the cause.

For the next 10 years he raised money through the students at his school before going on his first mission to Lima, Peru in 2001. He has since been responsible for distributing bedkits to 54,500 children primarily in Africa, including Uganda, Togo, and Zimbabwe. Since then, Grant has presented the story of Sleeping Children Around the World to thousands of school children in Canada to demonstrate the contents and uses of bed kits and speak about the impact of Malaria on Sub-Saharan Africa.

His nominator, Albert says: "Grant and his wife use all their own money to cover travel expenses related to their volunteer work," and he adds, "travel to many of these countries is often dangerous."


For more information about the Sleeping Children Around the World program, visit their website at www.scaw.org.

From Mark Kelly's blog post of November 4th.
"The next big day to watch out for is November 15th 2010. That's when you can tune into my show Connect with Mark Kelley at 8 p.m. EDT and watch our Top 10 special. We'll announce the 10 Canadians judges selected for Canada's Champions of Change. Now, voting begins. We need you to get involved."

"As of November 15th, you will be able to vote for the two nominees (one international, one domestic) that you feel have made the greatest impact, made the greatest difference, and should wear the crown as a champion of change. These two winners will each receive $25,000, while each remaining eight finalists will receive $10,000. All the money is donated to the nominee's chosen charity. Thank you Manulife!"

Midland School of Dance supports SCAW

The School of Dance & Musicianship


The Snow Queen

A magical story ballet based on the fairytale by Hans Christian Andersen.

Friday December 3, 7 pm
Saturday December 4, 2 pm

Monsignor Castex School,
120 Penetanguishene Rd.

In support of
Sleeping Children Around the World

Click graphic to see a larger version and for ticket information.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Marsha's Museum Helps SCAW

Marsha Gormley is opening her archives and offering her original artwork at significant savings to support The Boys and Girls Club, SCAW, and to purchase an entire stable of animals from World Vision.

Frontenac Club Inn,
Kingston, ON

Sunday, November 14
from 4pm to 7 pm

Here’s how it will work ...

Browse through the catalogues and decide which category sparks your interest most. Purchase a ticket from either the $75 or $150 range. The day of the show the tickets will be drawn randomly and then you can enjoy the excitement as you choose the piece you want.

Treat yourself to a piece of “art from the heart” or give a “gift that gives” to someone you love.

There are two catalogs of the art pieces available:

Click to download $75 catalog.
Click to download $150 catalog.
Refreshments will be served

For more information or to purchase tickets please contact Marsha directly:
Email: marshamouse@usa.net
Phone: 613.544.2508

Click on the photo to find out more about Marsha's Museum.

Pasta supper buys bedkits

The Sunday School Kids of Gilford and Churchill
United Churches, served up a fundraising
Pasta Dinner on October 29.
As published in the Bradford West Gwillimbury Times, November 4, 2010.

By Miriam King

The Churchill and Gilford United Church Sunday School Children first started raising funds for Sleeping Children Around the World (SCAW) in 2000. They brought pennies from home, and collected loose change from the congregation, and made enough money to purchase two bedkits for children in Uganda.

SCAW, founded in 1970 by Murray and Margaret Dryden, uses 100% of donated funds to put together bedkits for children in developing and impoverished nations. Each $35 bedkit includes a matt or mattress, pillow, sheet, blanket, mosquito netting (if applicable), outfit of clothes, towel, and school supplies. Since its inception, Sleeping Children Around the World has provided bedkits to children in 33 countries.

The Churchill/Gilford Sunday School Children have continued to raise funds for SCAW, purchasing 5 bedkits in 2003, 10 in 2005, 23 in 2007 - and expanding their fundraising efforts. Apple pie sales were introduced in 2007, and in 2008, the kids hosted their first Pasta Supper, raising enough to send 30 bedkits to India.

Last year - during the peak of the Recession - they could buy 25 kits.

This year, with the help of John's No Frills in Alcona, which donated the pasta, and the Alcona Sobeys, which donated buns, they hosted their Pasta Dinner at Gilford United Church on Oct. 29, hoping to raise enough for 40 kits, to mark the 10th Anniversary of kids helping kids.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Several mentions of Sleeping Children

There were several mentions of our charity on the Internet this past week.

Links of Interest

  • Toronto, October 26: Johnny Max Band raises money for SCAW
    The Johnny Max Christmas Party is coming up on Dec 4th. (We are at The Harp on both the 3 & 4 ) with both The Heart Attacks and The JMB playing all day, along with a number of special guests, this will be another great charity day. Last year we raised over $3500 for “Sleeping Children Around The World.”
  • Innisfil, October 29: The Guilford United Church
    Sunday School will host a pasta supper from 5 to 7:30 p.m., with proceeds benefitting Sleeping Children Around the World. The dinner will include homemade sauces, bread, coffee, tea and dessert. Sleeping Children provides kits containing a mat, pillow, sheet, blanket, mosquito net, clothes, towel and school supplies to children in developing countries. For more information on the program, visit www.scaw.org.
  • Barrie, October 31: Kiwanis Club celebrates 50 years
    The celebration was held Sept. 25 and 88 past and current members were there. Guest speaker Dave Dryden with Sleeping Children Around the World spoke about the program and thanked the club for its contributions over the years.
  • Peterborough, November 1: Larry Gillman addressed the Rotary Club
    The Rotary Club of Peterborough made a donation to the charity Sleeping Children Around the World in honour of Larry Gillman's speech, said Rotarian Doug Armstrong. The charity provides bedkits - including a mat, pillow, blankets, mosquito net, sheet, towel and school supplies - to children in underdeveloped and developing countries.
  • Blogger, November 3: LinsBabyGifts supports SCAW
    To do our part LinsBabyGifts gives a portion of our profits to children’s charities, so purchasing a Christmas baby gift such as a plush animal or holiday outfit from us ensures some other child can receive a little love and security also. Among the charities we may support this year are Sleeping Children Around the World
  • Collingwood, November 3: High School kids help SCAW
    Jean Vanier Catholic High School raises money for disasters, organizations, and tragedies around the world. All of these fund-raising activities are organized and put on by a committee of around 20 students. The committee's unofficial motto is "Focus on being the change."