HAPPY KIDS brings fundraising into fashion!
One of history’s worst earthquakes and tsunamis devastated the Indian Ocean region on 26 December 2004, killing over 230,000 people in fourteen countries, and inundating coastal communities with waves up to 30 meters high. It was one of the deadliest natural disasters in recorded history. Indonesia was the hardest-hit country, followed by Sri Lanka, India, and Thailand.
Starting with a relief operation and charity collection organised by the Baptist Church, Happy Kids decided to make its own contribution to this relief operation. The first Happy Kids Children’s Fashion Show began in March 2005 with the aim of raising money and collecting items that would help these devastated areas. Following the great success of this first event, we decided to make this fashion show an annual program in the Happy Kids calendar, where each year a different charity would be supported.
On 24 March 2023 many parents and grandparents crowded around a catwalk, set up in Happy Kids International Kindergarten, to see the next generation strike a pose on the runway.
With the themes of each class the runway sparkled with costumes not normally seen in the fashion houses of Milan, Paris or London. Many of the older children had learned to sew just so they could wear their own unique creations; the younger ones opted for customising old clothes with paper and paint. Indeed, most of the costumes on display were made out of recycled clothes and materials. Judging by the smiles on both the staff and the parents’ faces, watching their little models stride down the catwalk, this was a very proud moment.
Happy Kids would like to thank you all for the wonderful participation of the Annual Charity Fashion Show and Charity Art Exibition 2023, it was amazing to have this opportunity for our school community.
Thanks to your generous donations, we collected HUF 1 691 600. This amount will proceed to the Pest Megyei Kutató-Mentő Szolgálat (Search and Rescue Organization of Pest Megye)
A special thanks for the highest bidders of the Big Draw portion of the event, namely:
Vanda Fischer / Cuddly Koalas Class
Dandan Chen and Duojia Lin / Tiny Tigers Class
Dr Evelyn Bányász and Olivér Türk / Friendly Frogs Class
Kata Sarka and István Bessenyei / Bright Bunnies Class
Ferenc Szegedi / Brilliant Pandas Class
Habuczki Dóra and László Barbuty / Cheeky Monkeys Class
We would also like to give our gratitude to our sponsors:
László Walter – Gránit Villa
Mariann Mártai / Budapest Headshot
Costes Michelin Restaurant
Marriott Hotel Budapest
Cucina, the Italian Kitchen
Póló Brigád Gift Shop
Thank you all who made donations by purchasing the Individual Art Pieces. Last but not least, thank you for the Happy Kids Staff for their dedicated work.
Once again, thank you very much for coming and for making this charity event possible and successful.
Charity Art Exibition 2023
We are proud to announce our success during this year’s innovative program, the ‘Charity Art Exhibition’.
With the help of their teachers, our students created with joy and enthusiasm their wonderfully creative works of art for the exhibition.
The theme of the event was “Back to the colors!” to draw attention to the impact on humanity all the despairing events of the past difficult years, – the pandemic, the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, and other environmental disasters. Life will never be the same. However, despite all this, it is very important to be able to continue to smile, to renew, to rejoice, to notice the beautiful and the good, and to be grateful for everything that remains and is ours.
The exhibition was held in our gymnasium, where the visitors could see the children’s individual works and the joint works of the groups. The group pictures were sold at the auction, for a total of HUF 595,000, and the parents donated a total of HUF 432,000 for the individual art pieces. Within the framework of the ‘Charity Fashion Show’ and the ‘Charity Art Exhibition’, we managed to collect a total of HUF 1 691 600 for which we would like to thank our amazing parents. This year, we donated the amount raised to the Pest Megyei Search and Rescue Foundation.