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Successful fundraising dinner for Vidin children's home

Author: Gabriel Hershman Date: Fri, Mar 11 2011 2 Comments, 2772 Views
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A fundraising dinner, held on February 16, raised 2400 leva for charity Phoenix Inspire which is trying to help the youngsters of the village of Novo Selo near Vidin in northwest Bulgaria. 

The dinner, held at a family run restaurant called Mystique, was held to raise funds for a catering school - including a chef and restaurant training centre - that British expat Mick Cooper is aiming to set up in nearby Novo Selo.

Cooper, a former Norfolk-based chef and educational consultant, had the idea for the catering school when he was told about conditions endured by impoverished children and orphans at a home in the area.

Guests included local business people, the governor of Vidin, the mayor of Novo Selo and the bishop of Vidin. 

An auction of two bottles of wine donated by the President of the Bulgarian Association of Sommeliers, a signed football shirt and boots from footballer Branimir Kostadinov - dating back to his time with Heart of Midlothian and a one-night stay, including dinner and breakfast at Sofia's Radisson Blu Hotel Sofia raised 600 leva. 

"Youngsters in this area of Bulgaria have little prospect of a career, particularly those who live in children’s homes or come from poor families," said Cooper. "The chef and restaurant training centre will offer these youngsters free training and hopefully give them an alternative future other than prostitution or begging". Cooper also cited a recent Eurostat report ranked northwest Bulgaria as the poorest region in the whole of Europe.

Further details of Mick Cooper's charity can be found here.

  • Anonymous
    Marion Squires Rating:
    #2 20, 50, Fri, Mar 11 2011

    I am so pleased to hear about the fundraising for Vidin. The orphanage I visit in Vinitsa near Varna had a fire 2 weeks ago and the english run restaurant Elbarr in Rogachevo held an auction last saturday and raised 2300 leva to help buy clothes,bedding and other things lost in the fire. Thankfully no-one was hurt but they had no hot water or heating.

  • Anonymous
    ms Advicata Rating:
    #1 18, 32, Fri, Mar 11 2011

    I am glad these articles are continuing. Hopefully, they will draw attention to the cause of training young people to have worthwhile careers in the community,especially in areas where people live at or below the poverty line. We hear so much about Bulgaria's intervention in foreign places to ameliorate problems abroad, but in truth charity begins at home.

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