Dear Cedar friends and supporters,
The holiday season has begun and we would like to offer you our Christmas cards to send to your colleagues, friends or family. The cards are made by children with special needs in Kazanlak and Kyustendil and come in two types: electronic and paper.
Please, have a look at our designs below and contact Elena to find out more and place an order: email@example.com or 0882 552 290.
The Cedar team
For a second year our dear friends from Hilton Sofia brought the Christmas spirit to the Family-type Centre “Siyanie”. The children, young adults and the whole team of The Cedar Foundation and “Siyanie” welcomed their guests from the Hilton at the Community Centre in Kyustendil. Our special guests were Santa Claus, Snow white and the elves who brought gifts for all the children and youths that had been chosen especially for them and in accordance with their wishes.
The celebration started with a short play performed by the “Siyanie” theater troupe, consisting of five girls and one boy and continued with handing out the gifts and taking pictures together with Santa Claus. The party ended with music and treats and all the children and young adults said goodbye to the guests while showing them their gifts with big smiles on their faces.
The Cedar Foundation participated in the Eurochild’s Annual Conference that took place on 13-15 November in Milan, Italy. The conference was entitled “Building an Inclusive Europe – the Contribution of Children’s Participation” and explored how children’s and young people’s participation can contribute to positive changes in policy and practice across different areas, such as social inclusion and protection, migration, education or health. It aimed to showcase practices that respect the child’s right to be heard and have had positive impact on both the children and the policies or practices to which they contributed. It offered opportunities for networking and exchanging of experiences thorough workshops, study visits, plenary sessions, a forum of good practices and social events.
The representatives of the Cedar Foundation also discussed the past accomplishments and future goals of the Eurochild’s Thematic Group “Children in Alternative Care”.
The Cedar Foundation is a member of Eurochild and the Thematic Group “Children in Alternative Care”. The Foundation is also a national partner of Eurochild and Inclusion Europe under the “Hear Our Voices!” project concerning the children with intellectual difficulty’s right to participation. More about the project: http://www.childrights4all.eu/
On November 5th The Cedar Foundation held a Charity Pub Quiz that raised 3000 BGN in support of our work with children and young adults with disabilities. Seventeen teams competed in 6 rounds of questions at the Irish pub J. J. Murphy’s in Sofia and the winners Cleves and EBRD Bulgaria shared the big prize – a voucher for The Company Bar and Dinner! The pub quiz was accompanied by a raffle with great prizes.
Special thanks to all of the sponsors of the event: Cleves, Hilton, Real Sound Rental, The Company Bar and Dinner, Vivacom, Premier Luxury Mountain Resort, Debenhams, Domestic Bliss, Leo’s Pizza. Thanks to all the teams, as well, for their participation and enthusiasm!
On September 21 The Cedar Foundation Eighth Charity Ball was held at Sheraton Hotel Sofia. The event gathered over 200 representatives of the business and diplomatic elite in Bulgaria who are supportive of our mission to give disadvantaged people in Bulgaria a better quality of care, a better quality of life.
Some of the children and young adults who live at the Family-type Centre “Siyanie” performed the play “He Who Doesn’t Work Should Not Eat” which brought smiles on the guests’ faces. For the first time, the Foundation’s newest video, made by Tom Kirk and called “Sponsor a carer”, was shown. The video tells the story of two of the children and one of the young adults at “Siyanie” and focuses on the significance of the people who support and love them. You can watch the video here, and you can learn more about the Sponsor a carer program at our Sponsorship Opportunities page.
The event was also a farewell party for Mr Mark O’Sullivan who along with his family is leaving for Tanzania to establish a Cedar branch and help people in need there. The Executive Director of Cedar Bulgaria – Ms Lindsay Saltsgiver gave him a gift made by his friends and close ones in Bulgaria and spoke about the new initiatives and projects of the Foundation in Bulgaria that aim to provide a better life for more disadvantaged children and young adults. H.E. Ambassador of Israel in Bulgaria Shaul Kamisa Raz congratulated the work of Cedar and H.E. Ambassador of Ireland in Bulgaria John Rowan gave the 2013 NASO award for Non-governmental organizations to Ms Saltsgiver. You can read more about the award here.
The event’s main sponsor was Cordeel, the drinks were generously provided by Coca Cola, Ivo Varbanov, Heineken, Avendi, and the raffle prizes were donated by Bulgaria Mall, Indesit, Technopolis, Sheraton Hotel Sofia, Murphy’s, Debenhams, Playlife, Fornarina, Mr Snips. Among the guests were representatives of MRPI, UniCredit Bulbank, CMS Cameron McKenna, ABL Security, Dundee Precious Metals, The Embassy of the USA in Bulgaria, America for Bulgaria Foundation, Celtic Property Management, European Trade Center, Belgium Bulgarian Partners, The International Women’s Club, Anglo-American School. The good mood was guaranteed thanks to the music of “Lemon Sweets & Chocolate” and the funky set by DJ Stephane.
All the pictures form the Ball can be seen at our Facebook page Cedar Bulgaria.