On the 21st of February, IWCT held it’s AGM. Thanks to everyone for participating in a very successful Annual General Meeting via video conference. A warm welcome to our new Board Members Andrea Tóth as Treasurer, Juliana Varpiola as Secretary and Melanie Güllich as Social Events Coordinator! In addition (non board members) Judit Orosz-Simon joined the welcoming commitee. Jelena Mittsenko (Estonia), Ekaterina Lapinsh (Finland), Albina Ojastu (Kazakhstan) and Iona Rondé-Oustau (Romania) formed the audit commitee. And for the first time, IWCT has a communication team made up of Aiste-Irta Parmasto (USA), Natalia Tykhonravova (Ukraine) and Rachel Armstrong (Ireland). Well done everyone!
Message update from Tartu Laste Turvakodu. Thanks to the new colourful decorations on the walls, our three living rooms recently got a fresh look. However, these are not just wall decorations, they are sound-absorbing panels that reduce reverberation in the rooms and increase soundproofing and make the rooms cozier. The sound-absorbing panels arrived at the shelter thanks to a donation from the Tallinn International Women’s Club. Thank you very much, International Women’s Club of Tallinn / Tallinn International Women’s Club for supporting the shelter! (January 2021)
Hurray!!! At the beginning of our campaign this summer, we set ourselves the ambitious goal to collect 20.000 € for the IWCT Charity Fund, which is roughly half of what we raise at our traditional Bazaar. With the latest donations that arrived after the holidays, we’re extremely happy to share with our members, friends and supporters the current campaign result: 20.040€ has been collected to support Estonian charity organisations in 2021. And we’re still going on! (January 2021)
On the 23rd of December, President Nicole Dennis and charity liaison Karin Anderson delivered IWCT Christmas gifts to our SOS God-family Keila. Headphones for the kids, so they can focus on their distance learning and electric toothbrushes! December 2020
After the Bazaar the Embassy of Italy donated boxes of Kinder chocolate and the Embassy of Lithuania donated skin care products. At our last board meeting we boxed them up and sent them to the charities we supported this year. There will be some very happy children and staff when the boxes arrive before Christmas! December 2020
Christmas 2020 will look different and feel different, but you can contribute little or big to support one of the most special charity events in Estonia: the 15th International Christmas Bazaar. Hear Christmas greetings from our members. Support charity organisations that work to improve the life and well-being of women and children in Estonia. Every Euro counts! Outdoor Christmas Bazaar on 29 November 2020 in Balti Jaama Turg Online Auction on www.osta.ee/iwct Call 900-AITA or 900-2482 for a 5€ donation Information about cash donations on www.iwct.ee/christmasbazaar Merry Christmas! Häid jõule! #ICB2020
An Urban Poling/Nordic Walking Lecture and Learn today with four ladies from the International Women’s Club of Tallinn. An American, Hungarian, German and South Korean plus, me; Carol . A walk, a stretch and yeah, we’re done! (November 2020)
Thank you everybody for making this year’s Halloween unforgettable!
The costumes were amazing, the bubbles were magical, and the atmosphere was spooky! 🥳👻🎃
I would like to thank Meriton Old Town Garden Hotel, Tallinn, Estonia for hosting us, it couldn’t have been such an amazing party without their warm hospitality! I’d like to thank you, the guests who donated to our charity box, we collected 8.25 euros! If you would like to donate more to the wellbeing of Estonian women and children in need please visit our homepage at www.iwct.ee And last, but not least, a big thanks to Rachel, our vice-president for bringing this wonderful Irish tradition to Estonia, and Judit, our social events coordinator for organizing the party. (October 2020)
New to the IWCT calendar of events; swimming group Mondays from 1330-1430 at the Pirita Marina Hotel and Spa, all levels of swimmers welcome. If you do not know how to swim here is your opportunity to learn!!! Nicole is a certified swim instructor, she has taught swimming to all levels from kids ages 2.
With the money raised at last years International Christmas Bazaar, IWCT was able to support My Dream Day Foundation to organise their big family dream day for seriously ill children on the 5th of September. Please enjoy the video footage. This is our motivation to try our best for this year’s International Christmas Bazaar, which will take place on the 29th of November in Balti Jaama Turg # ICB2020 ❤️ https://www.facebook.com/MinuUnistustePaev/videos/613879185959209/ (October 2020)
Qué noche tan buena; what a great night in Hispaania Maja (Spanish House). Spanish cooking lessons accompanied by fine wine, all in the atmospheric building which one was Sprinckthal summer manor. (September 2020)
A big, big, big thanks from the kids in Lastekeskus Tahertorn (Kopli Lighthouse Children’s Center) for the IWCT members donation of pens, pencils and school supplies to help them return to school There are 32 kids attending this center, ages 7 – 15 years (a few of the kids below). Judit (IWCT Social Secretary) very kindly delivered them today! (September 2020)
‘Welcome back ladies lunch’ after the summer break! Great to see everyone healthy & happy in the old town’s most famous courtyard restaurant. For those who couldn’t make it, we miss you girls! (August 2020) #IWCT — at Hotel Telegraaf
IWCT board meeting ‘back in action’ discussing activities including the International Christmas Bazaar (ICB first meeting 02.09 Clayhills 18.00), ‘Welcome Back’ lunch next Friday, September AGM & ICB Embassy meeting. Looking forward to seeing you all after the summer break! (August 2020)
IWCT kids happy summer days, enjoying a picnic and playing at the new Reidi tee promenade in Tallinn (July 2020)
For 26 years the International Women’s Club of Tallinn has been right at the heart of the Estonian community. Working with and financially supporting (through fundraising) the most needy and vulnerable in society. We are 62 international volunteers from 27 countries committed to 12 nominated charities including SOS Kelia, Lasnamäe children’s home and Kopli Lastekeskus Tähetorn to name a few. This significant work cannot happen without the help and assistance of our supporters and sponsors. We are in challenging times and realising the same fundraising commitment to our charities is a difficult task, one we will embrace. That is why this year our take on the long established International Christmas bazaar will change slightly. Our volunteers are motivated and ready to adapt, we are focusing on primarily the most in need of protection (financially) to survive 2021. Our strategy is to still kindly request support from you, both financially and through gifts (vouchers, prizes), so our long-time customers (up to 4,000 people attend our one day open event – International Christmas Bazaar) can still buy or donate cash (online) and make a difference to our charity partners. For this reason, we are asking please to dig deep and manage to find funds to help us do our job in 2021 and assist women and children desperately in need across Estonia. It may not be obvious the needs of the underprivileged in our society, however, we can tell you that the fundraising last year meant families in need in our charities could receive hot food to their homes during the crisis 2020, children being home schooled received food and education supplies each week to supplement what they would normally have received in school. This IWCT could achieve, these are the things that matter the most. We really have no idea how the crisis will affect this generation of vulnerable children, but we will not stand by and do nothing. IWCT is there to distribute care and support but we can only do this with your help.
Please donate today https://www.iwct.ee/charity/charity-policy/
Speak to us anytime (English, Estonian and Russian): https://www.iwct.ee/contact-always-helpful-always-friendly-international-english-speaking/ (July 2020)
IWCT Charity fund update ‘Crisis May 2020’ IWCT received a video message from the Director of the Kopli Children’s Lighthouse Centre, expressing a very special thanks for the hard work IWCT carried out fundraising at our annual International Christmas Bazaar, this meant families in need in our community could receive hot food during the crisis.
Not to mention the delicious lunch! (March 2020)