On Sunday 6th December 2015, the Almaty International Women’s Club (AIWC) raised almost 1.5
million Tenge at its Winter Bazaar 2015. A core team of four volunteers managed to attract ad
select over 40 local craft designers, set up three food stands, a play corner for the children and a
big raffle. The event was coordinated with concerts and live performances all day long in the big
ballroom of the InterContinental hotel, which saw almost 1,200 visitors.
Thanks to generous sponsors, that included Air Astana, Caspian Beverages, Move One, The Ritz-
Carlton, Shymbulak Ski Resort and Six Senses SPA, visitors were rewarded with fantastic gifts before
the holidays. The warm atmosphere provided vendors, volunteers and attendees alike with a
wonderful festive cheer. “They complimented us about the great atmosphere and the good
organization, asking us only one thing: to repeat it again next year!” said Sarah Chenevier-Tardy,
currently President of the AIWC.
Like every charity event of the AIWC, all proceeds from the Winter Bazaar will go to local charities
such as Ark Village (www.u-kovcheg.org), DARA (eng.darafoundation.org), Милосердные руки (in
English “Hands of Mercy”) and Seven-Trees (seven-trees.org). The AIWC has followed and supported
these charities for many years. “Sponsors and the great work made by our volunteers have lowered
the cost of organisation and enabled us to give more to charities,” explains Sarah Chenevier-Tardy.
“This is particularly important for us because through AIWC members giving their hands-on support
to these charities, and visiting them every week, we know exactly the needs and results of each
charity”. This years’ funds will go to support the visit of women in prisons in Almaty, a family
support center in Talgar, over 50 elderly ladies without family in Almaty and several centres for
disabled children in Kazakhstan.