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.
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)
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
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
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)