Bazar International representatives hand over the principal cheque to the Bienvenu Shelter project.
Photo: Ramunas Astraukas
Philanthropy: An all-time record €600,000 has been donated to 97 charities worldwide from the receipts taken at the Bazar International last year.
The Bazar International’s annual cheque presentation ceremony was held at the BGL BNP Paribaspremises on Kirchberg on 2 March. Guests of honour included several ambassadors, who were welcomed by Bazaar president Erika Ehrhard and the committee. They thanked the heads of stands for their teams’ tireless and selfless efforts in ensuring the Bazar’s success. More than 23,000 visitors visited the Bazar last year, raising some €600,000.
Those proceeds are now being distributed to a large number of charities. The principal charity recipient of the 2015 Bazar is the Bienvenu Shelter for Migrant Women and their Children project in in South Africa, which received a cheque for € 25,000. The shelter cares for destitute women and children who are victims of forced displacement. The donation from the Bazaar will finance, in part, the cost of schooling and professional training for a year.
Another significant amount of €20,000 was given to Child Action Nepal--a British organisation that runs two orphanages in the Asian country. Aid from the Bazaar will fund the running costs for one house for a year.
Four charities based in the Grand Duchy received a total of € 24,000, and a further €85,500 was awarded to 15 Luxembourg organizations which support projects in Burkina Faso, Colombia, Guatemala, India, Malawi, Mexico, Nepal, Niger, Peru, the Philippines, Senegal, Tanzania and Thailand.
The remaining amount of €445,500 was awarded to a large number of other organisations around the world, with special emphasis being placed on developing countries.
The 56th International Bazaar will be held on 26 and 27 November 2016 at Luxexpo.