One of the neat opportunities about living overseas is the charity work that I get to do locally. Living back in the states you participate in fundraising efforts to help those living in far away lands but now that I live in one of those far away lands I get to see how and where my money goes. OK and to be honest my background is a professional fundraiser when I worked for the YMCA as well as serving on several non-profit boards both as paid staff and volunteer. Also I am half way through my Master’s degree in Non-Profit leadership so I am totally in heaven here!!
One of the proudest things that I have done this year being president of a local international spouses club is the charity work the group has done to raise money for a local orphanage and children’s hospital. Well today is our biggest fundraiser yet! Myself and another lady have organized a charity dinner auction with the orphanage. Now this is/was a strange concept to them as this is not something done here in Europe. The group I am in has a GREAT group of ladies who donated several neat items to the orphanage from here locally here in Poland as well as their home countries. Here is just a sample of the items that we got. Aren’t these great items?
I am working with the orphanage to organize the auction as they have never done an event like this before. Words can not describe how nervous I am and they are as well. So if you could keep your finger’s crossed and send happy thought for me and the orphanage today, I would forever be thankful!!!
Which one of these items would you want to bid on?