By the time you read this all the hard work for our members and stall-holders and volunteers at least will be over with the 20th Charity Bazaar behind us. I’m sure there will be tales to tell – there always are – and everyone will be very tired but I hope that all will be pleased with the results of their efforts and happy to have contributed towards another success.

I say the hard work has finished but not for our board, bazaar team and office staff who continue to get contracts out, pay bills, finish up all the business of the bazaar with all our partners, account for donations, plan the thank you brochure and presentation to our donors in January and a million other jobs that need to be done to ensure that all the practical, financial and legal obligations of the bazaar are completed correctly. Thank you to Angela and Toi and their team for their hard work in putting the bazaar together this year and to Elitsa, Zdravka and Zarina in the office for not only co-ordinating all administration work for the bazaar but for still handling the day to day issues of both the club and foundation.

One of the things that is wonderful about the IWC is that its members get an opportunity not only to raise money for charity projects and good causes but can have a say on how the money is then spent. Most other charities don’t give their supporters this chance. With that in mind the most important meeting of the year of the Charity Action Committee will take place on Thursday 22nd January at 15.00 at our office in the business park. This is when we discuss and decide on how the biggest percentage of the funds raised at the bazaar will be spent. Projects that wish to be considered for funds will have already have submitted their application forms and these will be looked at and opinions shared at this meeting. If you wish to take part in this process, then please keep this date free and let Maria Ilieva know that you plan to attend so we can ensure there is enough space for everyone.

We hope you enjoy this bumper December/January issue of the newsletter with some pictures of the bazaar. More will follow in the thank you brochure.

I wish you and your families a Happy Christmas and holiday season and a healthy and peaceful New Year.