Women in Travel Retail exceed fundraising target
Women in Travel Retail (WiTR) raised close to €25,000 (US$29,000) during its October meeting at this year’s TFWA World Exhibition & Conference in Cannes.
The original target of €15,000 (US$17,000) was exceeded in part thanks to three significant contributions – from TRB and their guests at the Consumer Awards Dinner in Singapore, from Shiseido, and from Steffen Brandt of InnoTRI – and to the generosity of companies in providing fabulous silent auction items and raffle prizes and to all who participated by bidding and entering the draw.
Olivier Bottrie, President and Co-founder, Hand in Hand for Haiti commented: “Haiti’s rich musical culture has inspired many across generations. Thanks to WiTR’s incredible generosity and support, every child in our school will have the opportunity to discover the joy and confidence that comes from the beautiful gift of music.”
The benefits of music education are astounding. Studies have consistently revealed the tremendously positive effect that music education has on a child’s academic performance, sense of community, self-expression and self-esteem. But for nearly all children across Haiti, formal music education is unattainable.
Our purchase of musical instruments will enable the launch of Lycée Jean- Baptiste Pointe du Sable’s (LJBPS) first extracurricular instrumental music program in partnership with Ecole de Musique Christian Nohel de Saint Marc (EMCN). Every child in the school will have the opportunity to discover music through these instruments, both music recognised internationally and also their own rich musical heritage.
Gerry Munday, Vice Chair of WiTR commented, “Playing an instrument gives a child self-confidence and encourages teamwork as part of a band or orchestra. The difference this money will make to the children is incredible.”
“This was the biggest meeting ever of Women in Travel Retail, building on the successful launch of WiTR’s website and membership drive”, commented Sarah Branquinho, Chair WiTR. “All women in travel retail are invited to join WiTR; next year’s charity will be decided by WiTR members.”
Thanks go once again to TFWA for its ongoing support, Follador for the wonderful prosecco that added sparkle to our meeting, and to Rob and his team at QuestExhibits for their help with the logistics.