On the 23rd of March the Estonian Embassy in Paris in cooperation with the President Kaljulaid Foundation organized a benefit evening to support the purchase of computers to children living in foster homes in the region of Zhytomyr in Ukraine. The goal of the evening was to raise 50 000EUR in order to buy laptops so children would be able to continue their education, as classes primarily take place online due to the ongoing war. The Embassy had the pleasure to host around 100 invitees, including Estonian and French enterprises, members of the Parliament, researchers, journalists and friends of Estonia and Ukraine. The honorary guests of the evening were the former President of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid, the Ukrainian Ambassador to France H.E Vadym Omelchenko and the President of the Estonian-French friendship group at the French National Assembly, Luc Lamirault. The Estonian President´s chef Taigo Lepik and confectioner Merle Jakobson greatly contributed to the success of the evening by introducing the best of Estonian food to our guests. The evening culminated with a charity lottery, where the prizes were donated by Estonian and French artists and designers, the Coty group, Parisian restaurants, but also included different books and a CD signed by famous Estonian composer Arvo Pärt.
We would hereby like to thank our biggest sponsors the Colonna foundation, Seela and Bolt, who helped us to reach the foreseen goal of 50 000EUR. The computers will be prepared by Metavisio Thomson Computers ensuring they would have a Cyrillic keyboard. The computers will be delivered to children in Zhytomyr in cooperation with our Embassy in Kyiv.
We would also like to extend our special thanks to Cyber Task Force and the Estonian honorary consuls in France Dominique Anglès, Hélène Berdoy-Mayer, Hugues Pouzet, Jacques de Galzain and our honorary consul in Tunis, Jelil Bouraoui. A big thank you to our sponsors Fleuriste Antique Garden, Caviste Nicolas La Boétie, Chocolala, FruitXpress, Lepaniidu mahetalu, Selver, Haage vesi, Jaanihanso siidrivabrik, Rutikvere mõisa Kalakasvandus, the Office of the Republic of Estonia, Meintzinger Réceptions, Siegel & Stockman, La Bordelaise des Grands Viņs, Domaine du Champagne Philippe Gamet.
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