Travel the world at this year's International Bazaar
(CS) For the 53rd time this weekend the International Bazaar will raise money to help improve the lives of people in Luxembourg and around the world, hoping, of course, to increase on last year's proceeds of around 570,000 euros.
There are 70 stands at this year's bazaar, which is bigger than ever and stretches across two halls at Luxexpo. Visitors can travel the world and discover delicacies from 60 different countries, with the Czech Republic and China new to the bazaar this year.
It's not all food and drink, however, as traditional arts and crafts from around the world are on sale and visitors can get some early Christmas shopping done or try their hand at winning one of the prizes up for grabs in 22 different tombolas.
95 charities to benefit from bazaar funds
This year, some 95 charities will benefit from the funds raised at the bazaar, selected by the stands and the organising committee over the past months, charities coordinator Carmen Decalf told wort.lu/en.
Among this year's chosen charities are five projects in Luxembourg:
- Kannerland Luxembourg
- Luxembourg Air Rescue
- Den Cent Buttek
- Fondation Autisme
- Fondation Maison de la Porte Ouverte
Ten further charities based in Luxembourg but doing good abroad will also receive a welcome cash-boost.
The other 80 charities are based around the world, where money will go towards supporting specific projects in the areas of health, education and food. “They are all linked together,” Decalf said, adding that it is not enough to help equip a school, when the children are too sick to attend.
Projects supported in the past are as wide-ranging as helping build schools and equip hospitals to providing food and safe water or supporting children with disabilities in developing countries.
This year's main beneficiary will be the “Fondation l'Hymne aux Enfants”, a Swiss charity providing medical and financial help, and care to children and young people suffering from cancer, cleft palates and Noma disease in Burkina Faso.
Giving “as much as we can”
Several measures are in place to ensure that the money raised at the bazaar reaches those in need. For example, the bazaar only supports projects that have been running for over a year and where there is a direct person of contact in place. The committee also runs an extensive follow-up programme to trace the money and what it was spent on.
“We want to give as much as we can to charity,” Decalf added, saying that it was incredibly important to make sure that the efforts of all the volunteers and bazaar shoppers actually paid off.
However, one cost factor cannot be eliminated Decalf said, explaining the bazaar needs to pay to rent out Luxexpo for two days – a considerable dent in the budget.
On top of the efforts to raise funds at the bazaar, the organising committee in 2010 set up an emergency relief fund, which accepts donations year-round and which receives an additional cash-boost by special events organised by the bazaar stands. Victims of typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines will be among the beneficiaries this year.
Over 900 volunteers are working this weekend to raise money for a good cause, but they need your help. So, loosen the purse strings and eat, drink and shop generously.
The “Bazar International de Luxembourg” is open on Saturday from 11am to 7pm and on Sunday from 10am to 6pm. Entry and parking at Luxexpo are free, although organisers recommend using public transport because of limited space on site.
To find out more, visit bazar-international.lu