Do Good! Feel Good!
We all know that charity work connects us to our communities in meaningful ways, but did you know that in Zurich contributing to charities is also a lot of fun?
Several organizations in Zurich promote charity through social events. Volunteering your time or expertise to one of Zurich’s charity organizations offers you a chance to feel good, develop new skills and to meet a whole range of new and inspiring people.
Here are just a few ideas for doing good and having fun at the same time!
Girlfriend Guide introduced you to Social Fabric two years ago when founder Heather Kirk had just opened her creative atelier. At Social Fabric, you can try sewing (all levels welcome!), textile printing, and clothing up-cycling. Support their refugee-sewing programme by participating, attend an upcoming workshop or even buying a membership.
Room to Read
Room to Read, Zurich Chapter, was founded 18 years ago and is still running strong. As described on their website, ‘Room to Read is a global organization seeking to transform the lives of millions of children in Asia and Africa through a focus on literacy and gender equality in education.’ This driven group of do-gooders offers several possibilities for you to participate. From spinning classes at Zurich’s Velocity to a pub quiz the first Monday of every month, their events include wine tasting, a city run (April), and a beauty & shopping event in June.
Have you thought about building-up your CV while helping others? Room to Read is looking to fill some positions in their organization.
If fashion and styling are your cup of tea, perhaps you attended the fascinating event held at Vestible on February 2nd; well over 8,000chf was raised for UNICEF! The event was supported by donations from beauty blogger Katrin Roth, Labo Spa, and Zopfchopf. Attendees could purchase high-end products for greatly reduced prices and treat themselves to manicures and new hairstyles in exchange for a donation. The evening was glamourous and fun.
And finally a charity that is close to many of our hearts: Pink Ribbon. The Zurich chapter was founded ten years ago by Nicole Zindel to raise awareness of the importance of early detection of breast cancer. As told by Nadja Hermann who, together with Nicole Zindel runs and organizes events for Pink Ribbon Zurich, “At the time, the pink ribbon as a symbol was barely known in Switzerland and the topic of breast cancer was largely taboo.” So they set to work creating various awareness campaigns and Pink Ribbon solidarity events, the biggest of which is the Pink Ribbon Walk. Hermann explains the importance of this event, “We have built something unique, broken a taboo and can give many people courage. There is no other charity run in Switzerland, which has so many participants and collects so much money for various non-profit organizations and Breast cancer research projects.”
In addition to the Pink Ribbon Walk (tentatively set for September 2, 2018), there is a Golf Tour, the Pink Ribbon Scheifenroute and Pink Ribbon Night in autumn. All details of the Pink Ribbon Charity Walk you can find here in English.
Article by Zuri Girl Joanna Rossi