Over two thousand dinars were raised in just under four hours for charity last month during the summer charity bazaar in Mishref.
The money, collected through donations, a raffle and a silent auction, has been donated to two charities.
A total of two thousand and sixty five KD was raised during a morning organized by expat women from all walks of life under the banner of Summer Charity Bazaar.
The Kuwait Red Crescent Society, which is part of the international movement of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, will channel the funds for projects in Nepal and Syrian refugees in Jordan and Lebanon.
The KRCS received a total of one thousand, five hundred and forty nine KD.
The second charity is Children’s Hope, an organization based in Sri Lanka and which aims to improve the lives of children. This organization will receive five hundred and sixteen KD.
Organizers say the day was a huge success, not least because of the volunteers who came forward to help these charitable organisations and join in the fun.
The event was also the opportunity for coffee, fun and summer shopping with small home-run businesses such as Future Boheme, Arabesque Designs, Mona Ruhele Art, Mayzee Designs, Mau jewellery and Agapanthus sharing the best of their collections.
"This event was very spontaneous and women from all walks of life came together to try and do something for charities and the less fortunate", said Maryann Horne, one of the organizers. "It was particularly humbling to organize such an event when Nepal was suffering the second of such devastating natural disasters".
At a time Kuwait has been hailed for its humanitarian contributions internationally, it was a small event that showed again what a charitable spirit exists in the GCC country.
The donation for the Kuwait Red Cresent Society was presented to the Director of Disaster relief and Coordination Mr Yusef al Maraj by Hind Shwaib and Maryann Horne on behalf of the group.
The Kuwait Red Crescent Society will use the donations to help fund the most urgent projects in Nepal and also for a number of education projects to help Syrian refugees living in Lebanon and Jordan.
The day was a huge success because of the generosity of sponsors who gave prizes very willingly.
“We were humbled to see how generous local businesses were for such good causes, said Hind Shwaib, another of the organizers. “Businesses gave what they could and in many cases gave more than what we had anticipated”.
Hind Shwaib also says that there was a lot of positive energy and talent on show. “People came together and had fun, lots of fun !”.
Organizers also wanted to thank those businesses who donated so generously and offered such a range of prizes.
Sponsors included: Mezzan Holdings, Edge Fitness, Porsche, Kyu Care day spa, Mercedes, Movenpick, Raddison SAS, Kuwait Times, Crowne Plaza, Fauchon, Regency, Jumeirah Beach hotel, Sahara Golf Club, Al Corniche, Symphony Hotel, SJ Photography, Holiday Inn, Red Paddle Boards, Save Co, British Academy of International Arts, Lynda Higgs Photography, Dar al Ithar Al Islamiyya, Bright Minds, Sheraton Hotel.