On behalf of the International Women’s Club, I extend heartfelt thanks for your participation in the 18th International Christmas Bazaar. Your support has contributed significantly to the IWCT charity fund, aiding women and children in need.
Held for the first time indoors post-Covid at T1 Center on November 25th, 2023, the event was a tremendous success. It garnered extensive coverage from television and digital media, reaching a wide audience.
We were especially honoured to have the presence of this year’s VIP, First Lady Sirje Karis, and a surprise guest, Alar Karis, President of Estonia.
This year’s event featured contributions from 18 embassies, EU-LISA, NATO NFIU, and, with NATO eFP, the first fusilier’s own Fiji choir enchanting us with their performance. Additionally, three international schools, four charities, three associations, and an outside vendor showcased their country’s specialities. Despite one embassy’s inability to participate, they graciously donated to IWCT. We were also fortunate to secure 42 sponsors, 11 of whom were bronze sponsors.
A special acknowledgement goes to our hosts at T1 Center, who exceeded expectations in assisting with security measures and providing a festive welcome for the Presidential couple.
I must convey gratitude from the President’s Office and Mrs. Karis for the warm reception received, expressing their desire to return next year.
Approximately 5000 visitors attended the Bazaar during its five-hour opening period. The organizing team comprised 10 dedicated IWCT members who contributed their time over the last three months. Additionally, 30 club members and numerous guest volunteers assisted on the day of the Bazaar.
The campaign has thus far raised over 28,000 Euros, with embassies contributing more than half. This remarkable achievement is especially commendable given the country’s current economic climate and the typical challenges accompanying a venue change.
Wishing you a joyous holiday season and a new year filled with peace and tranquillity.
Thank you for contributing to the 17th International Christmas Bazaar.
The 2022 International Christmas Bazaar was held on Saturday December 3rd in the outdoor farmer’s market area of Balti Jaama Turg, Kopli 1, 10412 Tallinn. The Bazaar, held at the farmers market in Balti Jaama Turg, was a great success, made especially festive through the musical interludes of the Scots Guard’s Pipes and Drums from NATO eFP Estonia.
17 embassies, 2 NATO units, three international schools, four associations, and three vendors presented their country’s specialties. My Dream Foundation, SOS Children’s Village Estonia and Peeteli Children’s Center demonstrated their work to the visiting crowd. Almost 6000 visitors found their way to the Bazaar during the four opening hours. The Bazaar organization team comprised 15 IWCT members contributing their time for over three months previous to the event. In addition, 35 club members and several guest volunteers were helping on the day of the Bazaar along with all volunteers from our partners, embassies, schools, associations and vendors, to make it a safe and enjoyable experience for visitors.
The campaign raised nearly 27.000 Euros, of which there were nearly 24.000 Euros attributable profit available for IWCT’s charity fund. These were distributed to the nine Estonian charity partners. By achieving this, we are confident that our charity partners can fulfill their plans to support the most vulnerable in our society.
Of course, we could not have reached this goal without your support! IWCT would like to express a heartfelt ‘Thank You’ to all involved.