UNWG Bazaar 2017: Around the World in Seven Hours

Many of us mark the date on our calendar every year, thinking: It is again time to taste delicious Argentinian steaks; buy natural South African Protea flowers; and get some Christmas gifts from all over the world. All this and more can be enjoyed at the Bazaar of the UNWG (United Nations Women’s Guild) at the Austrian Center on 2 December from 10 am to 5 pm.

Kalpana Scholtes-Dash, President of the UNWG, invites visitors to savour foods and drinks from over 40 countries, including Colombian arepas, Japanese Sakuramochi, Indian Samosas and many more delicacies. And above all, to join hands with the UNWG to help disadvantaged children around the world. You can also check out handicrafts, collectible stamps and coins, books, clothing, and jewellery. Or watch life tango dancers and groups of children in original costumes singing and dancing to exotic rhythms. Perhaps even win one of the 50 tombola prices, including a trip to Dubai for two.

The legendary Bazaar is organised by UNWG members on a voluntary basis and its main purpose is to collect money to support children’s charity projects worldwide. The Guild recently awarded almost € 250.000 that were collected at last year’s bazaar. This generous amount will benefit around 21,000 children and mothers in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. The charity projects are based in 30 countries, including Austria.

unwgOne example is the Austrian-based community “Make me Smile”, which assists children suffering from social and psychiatric disorders and received € 7,000 this year. This grant will be used to purchase therapeutic tools and instruments to form a music band aimed to enhance children’s self-confidence. To celebrate its 50th anniversary this year, the UNWG also donated a sound pillar to Vienna’s theme park Kontinentenspielplatz, in the 22nd district. This new playground element allows blind, autistic and other sensory challenged children to perceive their surroundings thanks to vibrations and sound.

This time of the year, we are all encouraged to donate to many organisations for a wide array of charitable projects. The UNWG is definitely on top of my list because I once had the opportunity to personally deliver a check for a charity project in Bogotá. This first-hand experience showed me not only that donations go directly to the charity organisations, but put me in contact with the dynamic, intercultural women’s guild.

If you haven’t been to this event yet, stop by and go around the world in seven hours. If you, like thousand others, are a regular, come again and meet locals and expats who gather to have a good time and donate to improve the conditions of children around the world. See you soon!

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Juanita Pérez-Vargas
Juanita Pérez-Vargas is a Colombian freelance writer and photographer who worked for 20 years at the Public Information Division of the IAEA. She is now learning Italian and co-operating as a photographer for SOS Kinderdorf.

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