Shopping for a good cause at the European School
by Dan Franch
The European School's annual Christmas market this weekend helped raise funds for charity, with parents, students and teachers joining forces for a good cause.
This year, the market returned to the Lux I campus in Kirchberg after being successfully held in Mamer in 2012.
As has been the case for thirty years now, the event, held at the school's cafeteria, was hosted by Actions Sans Frontières (ASF), an organisation whose purpose is to help young people become more aware of the problems that developing countries deal with on a regular basis.
The school’s director, Toula Vassilacou, kicked off the the day-long festivities at 10.30am, followed by a performance of the primary school choir and then groups of students performing different national dances from around the EU.
In addition to the singing and dancing, there were approximately twenty national stands where specialty foods and trinkets could be purchased. Along with that, kids got their faces painted, did arts and crafts, played games, and had a chance to check out toys, books, and other fun trinkets at the flea market.
The crowd of visitors grew throughout the day and a few hours after the 4.30pm closing, it looked quite possible that this year’s market raised “more money than last,” said Magali Robino, the vice-president of ASF at the Lux I campus. That figure was over close to 30,000 euro.
Raising money for a good cause
The money will go towards funding developmental projects in various parts of the world. According to ASF’s 2013 Newsletter, last year’s funds were distributed to long term projects in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Burkina Faso, Congo, Gabon and Kenya, and Palestine, as well as short term projects in Bolivia, Columbia, Gambia, Palestine, Rwanda, Tanzania and Senegal.
One of the organisation’s highlighted projects for 2012 was to purchase three new gel batteries needed to run an autonomous power system which provides the electricity supply for an orphanage in Gambia. “Thus, the orphanage now has free energy for the next 20 years,” stated Mrs. Robino.
This year’s immediate focus concerns the Philippines, which was recently hit by a typhoon. ASF displayed a poster with a donation box at their stand just upon entering the door.
Thus, “Uniting as one” (the ASF’s slogan) with the European School community, Actions Sans Frontières did anther fine job of ringing in the holiday season with a mix of global awareness and local fun.
For further information or to get involved, visit ASF’s website