Help the children of the tsunami

The events of Boxing Day morning in Asia brought a disaster of unimaginable proportions which has directly touched the lives of countless people in Asia and around the world.

Many lives were lost in the tsunami and we still do not yet know the total magnitude of this tragedy. What we do know is that many children have been affected, with many of the survivors now orphaned. It is support in the short, medium and long term on behalf of this vulnerable group for which we would like to ask for your support.

Many in the financial services industry have already taken action.For example, Skandia has donated a million kronor to the Red Cross as well as jointly sending, with Ericsson and Volvo, planes to the disaster area to bring home injured Swedes.On these flights to Thailand the aircraft also took out water and medical supplies.

The future support of children is the concern of the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef), especially in light of reports of children trafficked for adoption and child labour in several tsunami-affected countries.

Some of the biggest names in the financial industry supported the launch of the Financial Services Charitable Foundation, the charity initiative brainchild of Paul Hogarth, joint chief executive of Bankhall. He said at the time: “Our industry already makes a considerable contribution to the community but I wanted to see it pull together as one – IFAs, distributors, life and insurance companies, investment houses and other financial institutions – to create an industry-driven charitable foundation.”

Registration of The Financial Services Charitable Foundation was made with the Charities Commission to have the broad aim of being for the benefit of mankind – that opportunity has now arisen and your support is needed.

For further information and details on how to pledge your support, contact: Arnold Laing at Bankhall Investment Associates on 0161 941 6076 or email arnold.laing@bankhall.co.uk

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