Dear ladies,

As I write this we are days away from the bazaar, our main source of funding for the charity foundation. The Annual Bazaar could not happen without each and every one of you, the IWC members, who continue to work each year to support the bazaar and ultimately the Charity projects of the IWC. I would like to thank all of you, together with the amazing work of Toi Castello and her bazaar team, our donors and volunteers, also the board and the office who are all working very long days to bring the 21st Charity bazaar to the people of Sofia! We should all be very proud of this club and the amazing community of women within it. I would also like to express my gratitude to T.M. King Simeon and Queen Margarita for being part of this truly worthwhile initiative!

Because December is a very busy and full month with many of us leaving the city to join friends and family for holiday celebrations there will not be the usual array of events. But we will be hosting a special coffee morning at the Bulgaria Mall on the 10th to thank our stall holders and volunteers. If you are still here in Sofia and would like to have a catch up with a few of us on the board, meet us on the 29th for a glass of wine or cocktail, we would love to see you before the end of the year! January starts the year with another month of great events, which you will find in this December/January edition together with details of the events mentioned above.

Please remember if you have a hobby or passion that you would like to share with the other members, we always welcome new events and activity groups, contact Becky Faber to start the ball rolling!

It leaves me to say through all the hard work, I hope you will still enjoy the buzz and excitement of the bazaar, and after celebrating your holidays with those closed to you I look forward to seeing you relaxed and ready to go in the new year!

On behalf of the board I wish you and your families, health, happiness and good fortune over the festive period and New Year.

Angela Bird