Christmas Bazaar 2017

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The 21st International Charity Christmas Bazaar

will take place on Saturday December 2nd, 2017 at Town Hall (Rigas Dome), Riga Old Town.

The IWCR Christmas Charity Bazaar is a wonderful opportunity to purchase unusual gifts for your loved ones – hand-made souvenirs and toys and traditional Christmas presents from various countries worldwide and participate in exciting auctions and tombolas. We also offer you exciting culinary products to buy or to enjoy on the spot from over 20 different countries.

The Christmas Bazaar is the International Women’s Club’s main fundraising event of the year. In 2016 we had over 25 countries participating and we raised nearly  40 000 EURO!”

At the IWCR 20th Christmas Charity Bazaar, eight charitable institutions were present–Hope for Children, Latvian Association of Foster Families, Angel’s Tree – Children’s Palliative Care, Samaritans, Pink Train Foundation, Betlemes Maja, SOS Villages and Cystic Fibrosis Association of Latvia. They showcased some of their handcrafted wares which were beautifully made by their clients. Aside from selling their products, they also grabbed the opportunity to inform and explain to the shoppers the work that their charities do.

Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis and First Lady Iveta Vejone made stops at the tables and chatted with everyone. It looked like everybody enjoyed and had a good time.

 

All the funds raised at the Bazaar will be directed to Charity projects in Latvia, with special attention to low-income families, young single mothers, children in need, elderly people, and victims of violence.

Among the charities we support in 2017 are:  

  • Auce Namins
  • SOS Children
  • Villages Latvia
  • Irlava orphanage
  • Ronald McDonald Mobile Center
  • Mother Theresa Missionaries of Charity
  • The Soup Kitchen of the Riga Anglican Church
  • Hope for Children
  • Latvian Foster Families Association
  • Rupju Berns Center
  • Betlemes Maja
  • Marsa Gatve crisis center
  • Pink Train Foundation
  • Martas Centrs.

How to Participate in the Christmas Bazaar 2017?

Embassies and Country Tables

The embassies stationed in Riga are very important partners to our Christmas Bazaar. The money raised by the country tables are a huge part of the final result of the day. And it really is no wonder! Every year the Embassies and other international partners bring in fantastic goods, food, drink and specialities from their home countries to sell at their own tables at the Bazaar. They also donate wonderful items from sweets or wine to furniture, household appliances and airline tickets for our tombola and auction. The result is a truly international Christmas feast for all the senses!
For details and information on the Embassy meeting in September 2017, or on participating with a country specific table, please contact vicepresident.iwcr@gmail.com.

Members:

If you would like to participate with the arrangements for the Christmas Bazaar, your help is very much appreciated! Please contact board.iwcr@gmail.com  if you are interested. There are lots of things you can do to help – and have fun while helping a good cause! We need people to prepare sellable items for the various tables in advance, manning the tables at the Bazaar, work on asking and collecting donations for the auction and/or tombola and of course spread the word to all your friends to come and do some serious Christmas shopping on the day! Whatever you feel you can manage is very welcome.

A meeting for all members about the Bazaar and what you can do is planned for later this Fall.

Sponsors:

We are very grateful for any contribution you can help us with to raise money for our charities. Donations, vouchers, items – big or small – for the Bazaar auction or tombola are all hugely appreciated! Please contact board.iwcr@gmail.com if you have anything you can donate for a good cause. And please remember, the IWCR can issue you with a Pnak-form for tax deduction purposes.

 

Welcome to the International Women’s Club Charity Christmas Bazaar! It’s where Christmas starts!