BIWC Charity Work

From the very beginning, through the tireless volunteerism of its members, the Club has supported several charitable causes by raising sums of money or donating in kind.

The children of the Hestia Frauenhaus sent us some drawings recently, thanking members of the BIWC for their continued support.

Children sent the BIWC drawings thanking us for our support



Spring Bazaar organisers and guest Barbara John

Guest of honour Prof. Dr. Barbara John, BIWC President Carol Marquardt, Organisers Sophie Heckel & Sarah Anna Psalti-Helbig. Photo courtesy of BIWC member, Karen Axelrad.

In April 2019, the BIWC organised a Spring Bazaar @ the Centre Français in Wedding. We raised €2.500 in aid of this charity. Read what Sarah has to say about her organisation of the bazaar.







THE HESTIA FRAUENHAUS (a women’s shelter in Berlin) 

Ongoing donation request

Christmas 2015

BIWC’s 4th Annual Open Day in May 1996. This was the first BIWC Open Day which not only had the goal of assisting members and those of the international community to easier assimilate into Berlin life but also to support a local charitable cause. The charity selected was a women’s refuge in the former East Berlin. The aim was to fund a project to renovate the garden, provide a play area for the children and to purchase new bunk beds. Honorary Chair: Professor Dr. Rita Süssmuth (former President of the German Bundestag)

Penny’s Annual Tea Parties, a tradition first started in 2008 

2017: 10th Anniversary of Penny’s Annual Tea Parties. Penny’s Plan.

BIWC Fashion Show in November 2010 to purchase a vehicle to safely transport ladies and children staying at the Frauenhaus

Decorating at the Frauenhaus in 2012

BIWC’s 20th Jubilee Party in October 2012 to raise money to purchase an industrial washing machine together with a coin-paying machine

THE BJÖRN SCHULZ STIFTUNG (a children’s hospice in Berlin) 

BIWC’s 6th International Fest in October 2000 to furnish and equip the new children’s hospice. Honorary Chair: Sabine Christiansen

BIWC’s 7th International Charity Fest in October 2005 to raise money for medical equipment and specialised beds for the children’s hospice Sonnenhof. Honorary Chair: Sabine Christiansen

An interview with former BIWC member Beatrix Wehle on the subject of her voluntary work at the hospice

The two BIWC activity groups Sew Creative and Knitting & Stitching worked for months making beautiful items for the Sommerfest in August, 2015 and the Sew Creative group made many items for the BSS Christkindlmarkt in December 2015

The Sew Creative group made many items for the summer fair and the Christkindlmarkt in December 2016

HELLERSDORF HILFT e.V. (support for refugees in Berlin Marzahn-Hellersdorf). 

BIWC donated €1.000 to Hellersdorf hilft e.V. in September 2015

EXILIUM AND STREET KIDS (homeless children)
BIWC’s 5th Open Day in May 1998 to raise money for a project to get homeless children off the street. Honorary Chair: Professor Dr. Rita Süssmuth (former President of the German Bundestag)

THE Dress a Girl project (South Africa)

Members of BIWC participated in the annual Avon Women’s Run in May 2016 and in May 2017