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 8 April 2022 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 Fashion Show 2022, it was amazing to have this opportunity for our school community.
Thanks to your generous donations, we collected over HUF 1 600 000. This amount will proceed to the Ukrainian Embassy in Budapest to help children affected by the situation in Ukraine.
A special thanks for the highest bidders of the Big Draw portion of the event, namely:
Tímea Pintér – Farkas / Cuddly Koalas Class
Kata Sarka / Tiny Tigers Class
Ashwani Verma / Friendly Frogs Class
Ferenc Szegedi / Bright Bunnies Class
Diána Lőrincz / Brilliant Pandas Class
Katalin Losonci / Brilliant Pandas Class
Máté Dávid / Brilliant Pandas Class
We would also like to give our gratitude to our sponsors:
László Walter – Gránit Villa
Joana Carvantes – Intuitive Pilates and Wellness
Tímea Pintér-Farkas – Félix Kitchen and Bar
Mariann Mártai / Budapest Headshot
Costes Michelin Restaurant
Firstmed Medical Center
Four Season Hotel Budapest
Marriott Hotel Budapest
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.
Please read the note from the Ambassador of Ukraine:
Dear Happy Kids Team,
On behalf of the Embassy of Ukraine I would like to sincerely thank you for your decision to donate funds, raised at the Annual Charity Fashion Show 2022 and Auction, to support Ukraine.
My country is struggling with the terrible consequences of brutal Russian aggression, which has affected millions of civilians, including children. The Embassy is doing everything possible to save lives and ease the suffering of peaceful Ukrainians and innocent children, by procuring and sending to Ukraine the most urgently needed things like food, medicine, bandages, hygienic products etc.
We are very grateful to the parent community of Happy Kids International Kindergarten and Nursery for indifference and generous donations! I am convinced that by joined efforts we will be able to restore peace in Ukraine, and the Ukrainian children will be able to once again enjoy their happy and joyful childhood. The donation of 1.6 million forints, we received on 2 May 2022, is a very valuable contribution to this.
I would also like to give my gratitude to the Happy Kids staff for their hard work in making this charity event possible!
Ambassador of Ukraine