The Charity Christmas Bazaar is our main fundraiser which has become the largest and most visible event of the expat and diplomatic community in Slovakia. In 26 years we have raised over 1 MILLION Euros and helped hundreds of charities across the country.
The Christmas Bazaar provides a wonderful opportunity for countries to introduce themselves, with their products and national costumes to the Slovak public. For companies, it is an excellent means of promoting their goods, especially since the Bazaar is a well-known and highly publicised event covered by all main media.
Who is involved?
The International Women’s Club of Bratislava as the main organiser, international community, foreign embassies and their staff (including most of the ambassadors), local and foreign companies, City of Bratislava and the Slovak Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
What is the size of this event?
In 2017 we had:
- over 3000 visitors
- 22 financial sponsors
- over 500 tombola prizes
- 31 countries
- 2 associated clubs
- 4 international schools
- 4 Slovak non-profit organisations
and raised 80 500 EUR!
Who does what?
All embassies or representations of foreign countries in Slovakia are invited to set up stands to sell their typical national products (food and souvenirs). They find sponsors for merchandise and donate the proceeds to the IWCB. The IWCB is responsible for the entire organisation of the event before and on the day itself, including preparation of the venue, logistics, decorations, tombola, insurance, ticket sales, etc. All volunteers involved in the Bazaar work for free, without any financial compensation.
All profit from the Bazaar income is used to support recognized charitable organisations all over Slovakia. The recipients of our financial help are carefully selected and their needs assessed by the Club’s Charity Committee and the Board before deciding who will benefit from these funds.