Company keeps Christmas promise to children > Seychelles

Posted On December 29, 2006

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The Pillay-R group of companies promised they would host Christmas parties every December 25 for the children of Foyer de Providence when four years ago, representatives of the traders found nothing had been arranged for the orphans on Christmas Day.

The company kept their promise this year, and on Christmas Day threw another party, hosting the residents as well as workers there to a lunch.

They also gave them gifts, and the company’s spokesperson, Phillip Arissol, said that they hope to continue with the tradition which he said they have now set.

The nuns who run the home expressed their appreciation to the Pillay-R group, saying that the children in particular welcomed the attention.

Related Links > http://www.seychelles.travel/en/home/index.php

Scouting charity Christmas expedition

Meet Piotr Trombinski of the Scouting Association of Poland and come with him as he delivers Christmas presents to Poles in Ukraine and Belarus.

Piotr Trombinski, 23 years old, has collected goods from all over Poland to send to Poles in Ukraine and Belarus.

Accompanied by around 500 scouts aged between 13 – 23, and packed into nine buses, Piotr went to distribute the presents to around 1500 Polish families in territories that used to be in Poland.

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Christmas For Needy Children In Latin America

Posted On December 15, 2006

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A Jacksonville family is doing what they can to bring Christmas to poor children in Latin America. It’s called the Las Americas Project and for many of the children who receive the gifts, it’s the only thing they’ll get all year.

This is a busy time for Sandra Moreno. She’s collecting Christmas gifts, not for her children, but for hundreds of very poor children in Latin America. She says, “It’s an opportunity to help and bless others. To change lives.”

Sandra and her family are from Colombia. When they came to Jacksonville years ago, her son who was five at the time, wanted to do something special for the children back home; and so they did. Sandra says, “That was his dream. He wanted to do this. He wants to help other children.”

For six years, they’ve been sending gifts to Latin America. The first year they sent 300 gifts. Last year, it was 3,000. Their goal this year was 5,000 Christmas gifts. Sandra says, “Sometimes this is all they’re receiving for the whole year, that’s why we ask for things they’ll need like boots, colors, pencils, toys, clothes; whatever you can put in a little box.”

The donated gifts are all placed in a shoe-box and then wrapped with Christmas paper. The Las Americas Project will be collecting donated gifts through December 20th. They can be dropped off at the Latino Hits Radio station on the corner of Baymeadows and Phillips.

Volunteers will help distribute the gifts to needy children in places like Colombia, Peru, and Venezuela. It’s a Christmas gift a world away, making a world of difference in many young lives.

For more information go to www.lasamericasproject.org 

Mission appeals to Christmas Spirit

Posted On December 12, 2006

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When stockings and turkey are stuffed for Christmas Day, there is still something people can do before Santa takes to the skies.

Each year the Auckland City Mission gives out 25 thousand new presents to children in need, 700 food hampers to struggling families and feeds 1500 people at the Town Hall Christmas dinner.

City Missioner Diane Robertson says ten percent of Aucklanders are now living in severe hardship. She says families are trying to give their children a good Christmas and just trying to put dinner on the table, while being bombarded with advertising and commercialism. Ms Roberston is asking those who have plenty this Christmas to give presents, food, donations or their time.

Details on how you can help can be found at > www.aucklandcitymission.org.nz

Hilton Prague hosts Christmas benefit concert

The Hilton Prague Hotel will host its annual Christmas Concert for its clients and partners next December, performed by the Czech National Symphony Orchestra under the baton of its music director, Maestro Paul Freeman.

Among the pieces to be perform are Victor Herbert’s “The March of Toys” which was enlivened by a presentation by the Hilton Chefs, dubbed “The March of Strudel”.

The Hilton Prague event will raise money for the East European Missions, a Christian charity organization that participates in humanitarian aid distribution, refugee camp assistance work, and support for disabled and orphaned children. Last year guests contributed Kč 77,000 (euro 2,650) to the charity.

Related Links > http://www1.hilton.com/en_US/hi/hotel/PRGHITW-Hilton-Prague-hotel/index.do

 

WVT holds Christmas charity

The Grand Formosa Regent Taipei, in collaboration with World Vision Taiwan (WVT) and Diamonds Trading Company (DTC), lit the tallest and most expensive indoor Christmas tree in Taipei during the hotel’s annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony last night with the focus of raising funds for charity.

The Christmas tree is 42 feet tall and decorated with 2,500 light bulbs, 1,600 ribbons, 1,500 gold and silver balls, and 1,000 pinecones. The main attractions of the tree are its most expensive ornaments, over NT$500 million worth of diamonds totalling 121.05 carats. The event also featured carols from the Taipei Children’s Choir and a special appearance by Santa Claus.

This year, the Grand Formosa is helping WVT acquire donations for the child sponsorship fundraiser, and has even set up a donation box on the first floor. By donating NT$1,000 a month, a sponsor can help a child by providing him or her with food, medical care, and education. Steven Pan, chairman of the hotel, has already decided to lead the way in the drive by adopting 10 children. The entire hotel staff is also participating in the fundraiser by persuading friends and family to donate any amount to World Vision.

Inquiries can be directed to WVT at (02)2585-6300 or to their website at > www.worldvision.org.tw 

Orphans will spend Christmas vacation in Belarus

Posted On November 25, 2006

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Education Minister Aleksandr Radkov said that all 4,000 Belarusian orphans would spend the forthcoming Christmas/New Year vacation in Belarus.

They will spend it “in our health resorts, our families and at their places of stay,” the official told reporters at the National Assembly’s House of Representatives on Friday.

Earlier this fall, the Belarusian authorities banned orphan children from staying in Italy for recreation with families, allowing them to stay in the country for recreation at institutions only.

The decision came weeks after an Italian couple refused to send an orphan girl back to the boarding school for children with serious speech disorders in Vileika, Minsk region, this past September, saying that the 10-year-old had been physically abused there. The family kept Vika Moroz hidden for almost three weeks. The Belarusian authorities issued an official protest denouncing the move as a deliberate abduction.

Mr. Radkov confirmed that the ban on orphans’ trips to Italy had been issued. He said that children grew attached to their host families prompting them to commit “offenses and provocations,” as had been the case with Vika Moroz, which he noted was not a single incident.

The official said that orphans would be allowed to travel to Italy if the latter offered “prepared places under control of the Belarusian and Italian sides,” as well as guarantees that Belarusian children would undergo “quality health treatment” there and return to their home country.

He added that the education ministry was seeking to fulfil Aleksandr Lukashenko’s demand that Belarusian orphans should undergo medical treatments at Belarusian health resorts.

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