Category Archives : Charity

CharityBlog: 2x Christmas

© 2 x Weihnachten

© 2 x Weihnachten

Christmas Eve and Day celebrations are now behind us, though many of us are still waiting for other seasonal festivities:  New Year’s Eve, Saint Berchtold’s Day, Orthodox Christmas, etc., etc.   It is a season for family and friends, but is also often a season of indulgence and excess : food, wine, gifts, sales, and more!

Unfortunately, not everyone has family, friends and festivities at this time of year.  And that’s why SwissPost, the Swiss Red Cross and SRG/SSR sponsor the “2 x Christmas” campaign: to enable those living with a lot to share a bit of this excess with those who live on just a little.

There are two ways to participate:

  • Buy a pre-made package online  (in 20, 50, 100chf or other denominations, packages include necessities such as flour, sugar, spaghetti, rice, coffee, cookies, dried fruits, shower gel, toothpaste, pencil crayons & paper, etc.)
  • Make your own and drop it off at any SwissPost outlet near you

Once at the post office, SwissPost will deliver the parel free of charge to the Swiss Red Cross, whose staff and volunteers will sort and distribute the parcels.  Half of the goods are delivered in Switzerland, the other half is distributed to Red Cross outlets in Eastern Europe.

This year marks the 17th edition of 2x Christmas.   It started on 24 December and runs until Saturday, 11 January 2014.


CharityBlog: Craft Sale for Medair & Philippines Hurricaine survivors

forgetmenotcardsThis Thursday, 14 November 2013 from 18:30 to 21.15 there will be a Charity Craft Sale at the All Saints Church Hall on Avenue de la Prairie in Vevey.   This is a bi-annual event that takes place once in the Spring and again in the fall.   So far, the sales have raised over CHF 12,000 for various charity projects.  For this edition of the sale, the proceeds raised will be given to Swiss NGO, MEDAIR an emergency Relief & Rehabilitation Organisation that currently has staff helping the efforts in both Philippines and Syria.

Retailers at the sale this year include:


  • My Expat Shop British products Christmas items Crackers,Puddings,MincePies (Advance orders by 12 noon Wednesday)
  • Forget-Me-Not Cards Greetings & Christmas Cards, 2014 calendars, small gifts
  • Usborne Children’s Books
  • Second hand English children’s books stall
  • La Libélula Colombian Handicrafts, Tagua & wood jewellery, handbags, scarves
  • Tricia’s Real Pearls Necklaces, Spectacle chains, Homemade Marmalades/Jams
  • I Winked at the Moon Silver Jewellery and hand-made fabric articles
  • Les Délices de Frannie  Home-made goodies
  • Carmen Sweet gifts – Baby & Children’s Accessories
  • The World of Truffles  Black & White Truffle Specialities
  • Produits aux saveurs d’ailleurs Sirup 100% passionfruit, Creamy mango vinegar
  • Simply Cute Baby clothes & shoes
  • Bowen Technique Light touch healing therapy using only finger tips & no oils (to reserve a place – 20 min taster session for 20CHF – 079 743 7885 )

Each retailer will donate 10% of their proceeds to Medair.  Donations received at the refreshments stalls (Coffee/Tea/Wine/Cheeses/Cakes/Mulled Wine) are also donated.

Finally, there will be a TOMBOLA (raffle) with Super Prizes

For more information about the event, contact expatparent Partner Liz from Forget-me-Not Cards by calling 079 376 3079 or emailing