Creating opportunities for the most vulnerable

Creating opportunities for the most vulnerable
September 16, 2021 Адриана Гоцова

At a time of constraints caused by Covid-19, our charity event “Sky is the limit” is bringing society’s attention to the most vulnerable – children with disabilities and the barriers they face throughout their lives. Creating opportunities in a situation where they are severely limited by external factors is a real challenge, and for our team this is yet another case of changing and adapting working processes to provide the best care for disadvantaged children and young people.

For our team, constraints are an occasion to search for new horizons – untried methods and approaches, both in our work with children and in our fundraising processes. Our organization has been working with this perspective for 16 years and each fall holds its charity event to support children who have grown up with various labels and diagnoses. The limitations imposed in the last 2 years further motivate us to look for new options to support using new technologies. Thus, for the second year in a row, our traditional charity ball will be held in a hybrid format. It is titled Sky is the limit and will allow participation from different parts of the world.

An online fundraising campaign is launched before the event and the culmination is on 29 September at 7:30pm – with a small number of live participants and an online broadcast on our Facebook page. We invite people from anywhere in the world to support our cause and get involved through a specially designed donation platform that provides an easy way to support with just a few clicks. The platform is available and accepting donations throughout the month of September.

“Creating opportunities for underprivileged children has been a goal of the organization since its establishment. We are proud and happy to see the results of these efforts. A child with a physical disability walks despite a severe diagnosis, a youth who grew up in an institution becomes a student despite a high risk of dropping out of the education system – stories like these give us the strength to continue beyond limitations.

But to do that, we need support – systemic, year-round support. The pandemic has created many new difficult situations and challenges for us and our teams. The uncertainties and financial difficulties faced by businesses and individuals affect us too, and the need for support remains so that we can ensure high quality care. We invite everyone who is willing to change the fate of vulnerable children and young people and create opportunities for a better life to support us in September.”

The pre-campaign includes several interesting ways to support the cause – some of them completely new for Bulgaria, but widely used in countries with a developed philanthropic culture. You can make a direct donation for a specific need – e.g. for physiotherapy, psychological support, a specially designed wheelchair, educational materials, etc. Or you can purchase tickets for the charity raffle with attractive items such as a weekend in the mountains, organic cosmetics, custom business clothing, an annual yoga subscription, etc. You can also bid in a silent auction for professional art photography by a Bulgarian artist, donated to support the cause.

All organizational costs of the event are covered thanks to our partners and sponsors who stand behind our cause, even in this difficult time for any business or individual. These are the gold sponsors CMS Sofia, Hilton Sofia, America for Bulgaria Foundation, Communitas Foundation, silver sponsors Dundee Precious Metals, AG Capital, raffle partners Hotel Gela, DABOV Specialty Coffee, Sircrow, Wooden spoon, Gelato & Latte, Amuse Bouche, Yoga Vibe, Modica Artisan Chocolate and the silent auction partners with art photographs Violeta Apostolova – Letty, Natalia Novachkova, Miya Popovic, Simeon Sulov and Kiril Prodanov and Photosynthesis. Drinks for the event are provided by Pernod Ricard and Boutique Winery Georgiev Brothers.