International Christmas Festival, organized under the auspices of the First lady by Diplomatic Spouses Association, has taken thousands of visitors on a tour around the world. This annual advent festival and market raised 2.85 million CZK for Czech charities by selling entry tickets, goods from all over the world at the stalls or at internet auctions and from private or corporate donations.
Guest of Honor Mr. Hynek Kmoníček, Director of the Foreign Department of the Presidential Office, members of diplomatic corps and representatives of 34 charities were present at the Grand Award Ceremony held at Palace Žofín, 2. 4. 2016 from 10.00 – 12.30. Ceremony was be opened by the International Women´s Choir Viva Voce
“This ceremony is very important for our members. It celebrates the culmination of our fundraising efforts. The opportunity to meet personally people to whom the funds will help is a great satisfaction and also reassurance, that all those months of preparations and hard work are worth it,” explains Mrs. Pham Ngoc Tram Hoa from Vietnam, President of DSA.
“Our portfolio is very wide: from hospitals to hospices, from orphanages to therapy centers or training of guide dogs. All projects are carefully chosen and the use of our donations is strictly monitored”, explains Mrs. Ilda Poda from Albania, the Charity Coordinator.