The bazaar was held in partnership with local firms, members of the diplomatic community and other groups. Last year, it raised 81 million ($65,700) won for SIWA’s welfare fund, which helps charities in Korea.
The association awarded the Israeli Embassy first prize for its participation, followed by the Japanese Embassy and the embassies of Australia and New Zealand and the Australia and New Zealand Association.
|Participants from last year’s SIWA and Diplomatic Community Charity Bazaar pose during a morning coffee social to recognize their contributions in Seoul on Wednesday. (Paul Kerry/The Korea Herald)|
Later at the event, Gina and John Walker introduced their moonbears.org campaign to end bear farming in Korea and set up sanctuaries for the animals. Other charity activities were also held, including a raffle and a sale of bags made by the Rainbow Community, a group for people with mental disabilities, using sewing machines donated by SIWA and banners used during the bazaar.
The SIWA charity fund is run by a committee and helps elderly and disabled people, homeless people, medical groups and particularly women and children’s organizations.
Recent beneficiaries include the Columban Day Center for Persons with Disabilities and Hae Mill School for multicultural families. For more information, visit siwapage.com.
By Paul Kerry (firstname.lastname@example.org)