Beautiful Christmas music, delicious food, hot chocolate and a lot of people lively talking to each other can best describe the atmosphere in front of the ABF Student Center Theatre this past Tuesday. The lovely warm atmosphere was brought by the Bon Appetit club, which in collaboration with Radio AURA, the Better Community Club, CSSU, SG, the Doc Club, the Broadway Club, the AUBG Choir, AUBG PTPI club, SAGE, and AUBG Admissions wanted to light up a spark of hope and bring the Christmas spirit in the lives of the less privileged ones.
The Bon Apetit and SAGE club members had prepared delicious desserts such as brownies, decorated cookies, Austrian Tarts, cupcakes, muffins etc, to the students, faculty and staff members that were passing by and all the profits were to go to the Roma children in Blagoevgrad. They in return had prepared a lovely show with songs and dances, which brought numerous smiles on the faces of the gathered audience.The organizers were pleased with the enthusiasm of the AUBG community and their commitment. Mariya Boteva, the vice president of Bon Apetite said that this year, the event was on a much larger scale and there was a great collaboration among the AUBG clubs to organize it. She added that the idea to help the Roma children was suggested by Prof. Clark, who is working with this particular kindergarten as part of a local community project.
The Better Community club and PTPI club’s contribution to this event was selling beautiful hand-made Christmas cards. A representative of PTPI club said that the money gained from the sale will go to the center for blind children in Varna. The local committee of PTPI in Varna had already conducted a series of similar charity events to help these children.
In addition to the numerous desserts and hand-made cards, AUBG students could also buy hand-made bracelets with the AUBG logo offered by SG or play video games and win chocolates from the CSSU club. The AUBG choir was also present at the event through a performance they gave for all the participants adding even more Christmas spirit to the festive atmosphere.
The bazaar turned out to be extremely successful and joyful - students spent a lovely day together enjoying all the treatments prepared for them and at the same time contributing for a good cause. Over 1100 leva were raised for the Roma children, which will be used by the clubs to buy these children boots and necessary winter supplies. All the organizers and participants were excited that they had the chance to help these children whom they personally met and are looking forward to another successful edition of Christmas Bazaar next year. Meanwhile, the Bon Apetit club is planning to organize several other activities in the upcoming semester, which will again involve AUBG students.
Story by Ina Gjika
Photos by Venera Nikolaeva