On Saturday, January 28th, the British Chamber of Commerce in Lithuania held its 18th Annual, Traditional Burns Night, Charity Event to celebrate the birthday of Scotland’s national poet, Robert Burns (1759 – 1796), which was also raising funds for two selected local charities. The most popular event in January this year was held in a prestigious venue – Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania and attracted 292 guests. 17th Burns Night raised 8.770 EUR, which is a record amount raised since 2000 and will be shared by NGO “Vaiko labui” – part of the British Charity Partnership for Children and Child line.
Child line will start the implementation of a new ‘chat-tool’ for live counseling. It will let children connect one-on-one, in real time with a Child Line counsellor via the web or from a smartphone. The children and teenagers who prefer to write about their difficulties could receive emotional support without waiting, at the time when they need it most.
Vaiko labui will use raised funds to publish materials “Programme Zippy’s Friends. Special Needs Supplement.” It is aimed at children with special learning needs so they can participate in the “Zippy’s Friends” programme. One hundred copies of the publication will be handed out to teachers across Lithuania. Last year BCC Burns Night charity raffle fund supported the first phase of this project, developing the programme from British to Lithuanian standards.
Since 2000, Burns Night in Vilnius raised over 70000 EUR shared by 21 different children and youth organizations in Lithuania.