Report from the XXVI Gathering

Report from the XXVI Gathering

Last Thursday night was supposed to be just one of our regular gatherings, but a small coincidence created a fantastic outcome of the evening.

Let’s start from the beginning.

Our XXVI gathering – the first of this year – was hosted by Molly Malone’s and once again I would like to thank Trevor, the manager of Molly’s, his staff and also Killian & his wife Irene, the owners, who were also present there, for their perfect hospitality. Food and the service were excellent.

The evening, which unfortunately not many confirmed, still yielded a crowd of almost 40 and gave all of us, especially me, a lot of satisfaction.

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Fuji_PBCFEB2016-2676Just to remind you: all of our guests who join us during our gathering and leave their name cards with the www link on it, will have their companies directly thanked for their participation.

Last week we welcomed:

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www.dzakarta.msz.gov.pl             www.jakarta.trade.gov.pl             www.britcham.or.id               .www.hartrodt.com www.berryglade.com                            www.shieldsecurity.com               www.jisedu.or.id              www.kaeserindo.com

www.murphysjakarta.com            www.maintama.com                     www.senoedhie.com                www.SantFeRelo.com

www.rednosefoundation.org       www.comoeng.com.au       www.kopexcontractors.co.id   www.geoox.dk

www.tower-bersama.com            www.polindopartners.com           www.itsecasia.com               www.beaconesia.com

 

It happened that on that day, according to our Catholic religion, as Poland is one of the well-recognized Catholic nations, was Shrew Thursday, so two of our wonderful Polish ladies (Ela & Beata) brought home-made FAWORKI, called Angel Wings  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angel_wings in English.

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At the time of the serving of those ANGEL WINGS, we were already aware of a fantastic opportunity to “test” our guests – a sensitive approach to charity actions.

One of our Polish friends, Piotr Janiw, during his five year stay in this country has developed into a very devoted bike rider (crazily so, I would say), and at the same time a photographer. Now based in Indonesia as an executive of a foreign company, Piotr brought us that night a big surprise – over 25 poster size prints of his photos taken during his trips around Indonesia – which he intended to share with interested guests.

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Recently he has been working on his blog site ( www.piotrjaniw.blogspot.com ), which I would recommend to all of you who would like to see Indonesia from a different prospective, that of an expat who has lived in many countries around the world before coming to Indonesia.

By pure coincidence, the gathering included Dan Roberts, the Founder and the Executive Director of the Yayasan Hidung Merah / the Red Nose Foundation, www.rednosefoundation.org

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We, as the Polish Business Club, had helped this organization to raise some founds in the past, therefore Dan arrived that night to our gathering to explore with us some options to raise some funds – their organization had been invited for the second time to Poland to take part in the Brave Kids Festival http://www.bravekids.eu/en/p/idea and naturally, funds are necessary to send Indonesian children to Poland.

Having those two people in the same room, with initially different purposes for being there, created a perfect opportunity to “to take an advantage of our guests” and sell Piotr’s prints and donate the funds to Red Nose.

Believe it or not, ALL of the prints were exchanged for the sum of 5,000,000 Rp, which will go to the Red Nose Foundation project of sending Indonesian children to Poland for the Brave Kids Festival.

I would like to thank our guest that night for their generosity. THANK YOU FOR YOUR BIG HEARTS.

If any of you would like to contribute to this project as well, please contact Dan Roberts at: dan@rednosefoundation.org

and if you would like ask Piotr about his sometimes crazy bike adventures, he is available at:

piotr.janiw@gmail.com

Cheers,

Andrzej/Andy