ICAP Charity Day
Wednesday, 12th December 2007
The ICAP Charity Day took place on Wednesday 12th December 2007. A day on which all revenues and commissions were given away to just a few charities and once again, Cure Our Kids was one of those charities.
ICAP is the world’s premier voice and electronic inter-dealer broker and the source of global market information and commentary for professionals in the international financial markets. The Group is active in the wholesale markets in interest rates, credit, energy, foreign exchange and equity derivatives.
Since their inception, ICAP has given money to charity on an ad hoc basis. In 1993, when the firm had grown to around 100 people in London , it was decided to do something on a more innovative scale which would make a significant difference to charities. The idea of the ICAP Charity Day was born, where the brokers themselves give away their own commissions to charity, as well as the company giving away its revenues.
As part of the day’s activities, Carolyn Dodds was invited to visit the ICAP offices and bring along a celebrity guest to rally employee enthusiasm and interact with clients to boost trading volumes. So Carolyn called on a favor from a friend in the North Pole and Mrs. Claus (aka our events coordinator, Katrina) came along for the day.
With all ICAP staff dressed up as the most unlikely characters such as 1920’s Gangsters, Hari Chrisna’s, Santa, The Spice Girls, Arab Sheiks, Haz Chem cleaners and Scottish Kings , Mrs. Claus had a blast mingling and even closing 4 deals! Rumour has it that Steve Waugh only closed 2!
With markets closing at 4:30pm that afternoon, all involved celebrated a record breaking amount raised totaling £9.2 million (US$18.8 million) worldwide on its 15th annual Charity Day, 29 percent more than the previous year. Since its inception in 1993, ICAP has raised over £42 million for Charity Day.
Cure Our Kids would like to extend a huge thank you to all ICAP staff and customers who made such an enormous effort and made the day such a success.