Archive for the ‘ICC Belgium’ Category

Teddy Bears Help ICC Kids Get To Sleep

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

We received this note from Ronny Van Dessel of ICC Belgium telling us of a rather unique donation for the children of ICC.

Recently, ICC Belgium was contacted by Mrs. Sabrina Polakoff, who wanted to donate to us 100 ‘Lulabie Teddy Bears’.

The Lulabie Bears are the first ever long-lasting, scented, sleep-well, aromatherapy teddy bears for babies and young children designed to aid in a good nights sleep.

Sabrina Polakoff and Ronny Van Dessel hold a Saffie teddy bear

Sabrina Polakoff and Ronny Van Dessel (left and right respectively) hold one of the “Saffie” bears from The Lulabie Bears collection. The teddy bears were donated by Mrs. Polakoff to ICC Belgium.

The Lulabie Bears come in four different colors. Each of the bears also has a name with an educational meaning. The beige bear is named ‘Rubie’ and stands for respect, the pink bear is named ‘Rhodie’ and stands for love & education, the blue bear is named ‘Saffie’ and stands for energy and the brown bear is named ‘Selie’ and stands for everything that has to do with nature.

We also received a very nice surprise when arrangements were made to pick up the bears in Antwerp. Because another organization wasn’t able to accept their donation of bears, ICC Belgium received not 100 bears, but 200 bears!

ICC Belgium is very happy that 200 ICC children, or possibly children who are living near our projects, can be made happy with these beautiful ‘Lulabie Teddy Bears’.

Ronny Van Dessel
ICC Belgium

Spaghetti, Spaghetti and more Spaghetti

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Five years ago a new activity for ICC Belgium came to life, a Spaghetti Festivity. In that year, 2007, we started very modest with 60 subscriptions and a net profit of 375 Euro / $490 USD.
In 2011, 145 people found their way to Mechelen and the profit was 2,100 Euro / $2,745 USD.

Guests of the Spaghetti Festivity enjoy the food

Guests of the Spaghetti Festivity enjoy the food

Our cook surpassed himself once again this year. Everyone enjoyed the very tasty spaghetti sauce with fresh vegetables and some of the visitors even took a second portion. Everyone was full of praise of our cook. We were also able to count again on our volunteers who lent a hand, even two hands.

The cooks and staff prepare the food.

Wim the chef, Coszack his assitant and Anja and Louiza prepare the food.

The sales table has also become a yearly tradition and different kind of items (also handmade) were nicely presented. And lots of items were sold during these two days, thanks to the handmade items of Carmen and the handmade Christmas pieces of Denise.

Some of the hand-crafted items sold at the Spaghetti Festivity

Some of the hand-crafted items sold at the Spaghetti Festivity

As president of ICC Belgium, I’m very proud of my ICC team and I would like to thank the whole team for the enormous work that they have done: Wim (Chef Cook), Coszack (Assistant Cook), Anja and Louiza (kitchen help), Mia, Ingrid and Carmen (Bartenders), Frank, Jozef, Mario and Kristof (Waiters), Francine and Dirk (Sales Table) and Jeannine who always helps us out with the promotional materials for our events.

A word of thanks as well to those who came and to those who were not able to come but gave their financial support. We were able to close out this year in a fantastic and wonderful way!

Ronny Van Dessel
President ICC Belgium vzw

Shoeboxes for Romania

Friday, November 4th, 2011

Last year the ICC Netherlands (IKN) office organized a shoe box activity for our children’s village in Romania as well as for the surrounding community. Two schools, some companies and some individuals supported this action. Participants were encouraged to take a shoebox and fill it with a pencil, pen, eraser, notebook lines, writing pads, hat, scarf, mittens, T-shirts, underwear, pencils, pencil case, cap and bouncing ball.

Some of the children who helped make the shoeboxes.

Some of the children who helped make the shoeboxes.

Because of the success of this program, we decided to do it also this year. So far, it is going very well. Joining us this year are schools from the West, South and North of the country. There are also churches in Belgium, a few companies and individuals who are helping us.

Lambro Triantos, IKN Director, with some of the shoeboxes for Romania.

Lambro Triantos, IKN Director, with some of the shoeboxes for Romania.

On the 20th of October, I visited the city of Limburg and was interviewed by the regional television station L1TV.

Thanks for reading!

Lambro Triantos,
Director, IKN

ICC Belgium – 20 year Jubilee

Monday, April 11th, 2011

1990 – 1991 was a milestone for ICC Belgium. At that time ICC Belgium vzw was initiated, thanks to Ann Buelens-Peremans, and also became registered as a non-profit organization. 20 years later, many things have happened: sad moments, Ann passing a way on May 8th, 1993, and beautiful moments, with 20 years of positive growth that ICC Belgium has made.

Because 20 years is a nice round figure and also a long period of time, we absolutely had to celebrate this. Thanks to our sponsors and donors our organization is able to exist. And because of that we had to celebrate this with those who are so important to us, our sponsors and donors.

Banner with ICC logo

20th Anniversery Jubilee for ICC Belgium

On Sunday, March 27th, the time arrived for this important celebration. The reception room of the Adventist church in Mechelen was transformed very beautifully with balloons and ICC logo’s pinned to the ceiling. A buffet table was prepared and the food and little snacks were all very nice to the taste of everyone present. This, combined with a nice drink, made this feast complete.

Some of the lovely food at the ICC Belgium Jubillee

Some of the delicious food for the guests at the ICC Belgium Jubillee

Pastry treats for the attendees of ICC Belgium's 20th Anniversery Jubilee

Pastries and treats for the attendees of ICC Belgium's 20th Anniversery Jubilee

For this occasion, Mr. Ali Salmi, Secretary of Development and Relief Aid for the city of Mechelen was also invited. At 2.00 pm the guests were welcomed and around 2.30 pm everyone was invited to the church hall upstairs for the official presentation.

Ali Salmi, Secretary of Development and Relief Aid for Mechelen, Belgium

Ali Salmi, Secretary of Development and Relief Aid for Mechelen, Belgium

First of all, Ronny gave a Power Point presentation about the 20 years of ICC in Belgium. Afterwards, Ali Salmi gave his speech. He congratulated ICC Belgium with their 20 year anniversary and he also praised ICC for its involvement within the Council of Development & Relief Aid (GRO..M) since 2003. He also praised ICC for their valued work for abandoned and orphaned children around the world. Since 2003 ICC Belgium has received a yearly grant from the city of Mechelen. The secretary finished by wishing ICC Belgium another 20 years!

Attendees of the 20th Anniversery Jubilee for ICC Belgium

Attendees of the 20th Anniversery Jubilee for ICC Belgium

During the official ceremony, Lambro Triantos, director of the European office in the Netherlands, had a surprise for the ICC Belgium team. He gave a beautiful jubilee plaque, presented by Rick Fleck, president of ICC International. The European office (IKN) also presented to Ronny a beautiful picture from a well-known artist in the Netherlands, Ron Offerman.

Lambro give Ronny the commemorative plaque

Lambro Triantos, Director of ICC Netherlands, (left) presents a commemorative plaque from Rick Fleck, President of ICC, to Ronny Van Dessel, President of ICC Belgium, honoring 20 years of service to ICC from ICC Belgium

A special thank you for our sponsors and donors for their presence. A word of thanks also to all the volunteers of ICC Belgium for their enormous efforts in all they do for ICC and to my family and a few very dear friends who are always willing to lend a hand or two.

Ronny Van Dessel
President ICC Belgium vzw

ICC Spaghetti Days Once More a Big Hit

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

Around 117 people found their way to the ‘Spaghetti Hall’ in Mechelen, for ICC Belgium’s annual Spaghetti Fest. After the busy Spaghetti Fest of 2009, our chef, Wim Dewindt, felt through his entire body that something needed to change. He proposed to organize this year’s festivity over two days.

The hall where the event was held

The hall in Mechelen, Belgium where the spaghetti feed was held

So, this year people were able to enjoy the tasty spaghetti of Wim on Saturday evening, November 20th  and on Sunday afternoon, November 21st, and with success. For ICC Belgium’s Director, Ronny, and his team the work was better divided, less stressful and everything went very smoothly.

Folks at the spaghetti feed enjoying their food.

Patrons of the spaghetti feed enjoy their dinner

The sales table was a huge success too! Denise Luyckx, a member of the Advent church in Mechelen, provided something new to sell: beautiful glass plant coasters on wheels. Next to that she also displayed beautiful Christmas pieces. Carmen and Wim again made some beautiful handmade pieces to sell, and Francine and her friend Dirk were very busy guiding all the sales in a good way.

Items sold at the spaghetti feed

The sales table with the items that were sold at the spaghetti feed

The total profit of these spaghetti days was 1.904,00 euro, around 2.520,00 USD. Thanks to this event we have reached our goal of 10.000,00 euro for the ‘Educational Program’ at the ICC Patmos Children’s Village in Congo.

Group photo of the folks who made the spaghetti feed possible

These are the folks who made the spaghetti feed possible

[Top row; L to R] Mario Bornbergen, Jeannine Vermeulen, Wim Dewindt (Chef), Ronny Van Dessel, Carmen Hamel (wife of the chef), Francine Vandenbogaerde, Dirk, Coszack (assistant chef and brother-in-law to Ronny) and Ingrid Van Dessel (Sister of Ronny). [Middle row] Nikki and Lynn Coszack (Nieces of Ronny) and Trees Teughels in the middle. [Front row] Anja Voet and Rita Hamel (sister of Carmen Hamel).

A special thanks to those who made a success of this event. The next appointment is for 2011!

Reported by:
Adelin Vermeulen
Volunteer ICC Belgium

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Thanks for reading!

Kent Greve
Director International Development ICC

The Birth of a New ICC Organization in Belgium

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

After some consideration the board of ICC Belgium has decided to establish a separate non-profit organization in order to continue its support of ICC Romania.  This was decided after consultation with ICC Belgium’s accountant. Because Romania is not mentioned on the OESO-list of under developed countries, it would be very difficult for ICC Belgium to be able to give tax deduction receipts for their sponsors and donors. For that reason they decided to create a new nonprofit organization especially for Romania. At the end this year ICC Belgium is planning to do an application, with the help of their accountant, to be able to receive that tax deduction. The name of this new organization is, ICC for Romania vzw.

The members of the board of ICC for Romania are:

  • Ronny Van Dessel – President
  • Tommy Pootemans – Vice-President
  • Jeannine Bormans – Secretary / Treasurer

School in Schoten (Antwerp – Belgium) in action for Romania

Monday, April 12th, 2010
On Monday, February 8th, Ronny Van Dessel (President ICC Belgium and ICC for Romania) and Tommy Pootemans (Vice-President of ICC for Romania and ICC Ambassador) were invited to the Sint-Cordula Institute, a school in Schoten near Antwerp, Belgium. They were asked to present a program to the 400 students of the secondary school. The 400 students were divided into groups and over a period of 6 hours they received a presentation about our ICC projects in Congo and Romania. After the presentation each group received a sponsor card from the school and a folder of ICC Belgium so they were armed to raise some money for our project in Romania during their week off from school in February.

Students of the Sint-Cordula Institute

The 6th grade class organized a 24 hour marathon lesson on March, 18th to collect funds for our project. They ended their 24 hour marathon  lesson in the morning of March, 19th with a breakfast were each visitor had to pay 5 euro. Ninety hungry people came for breakfast. At the end of the day a check of 3.664 euro  (4.900 USD) was presented to Ronny and Tommy.

Tommy and Ronny Receiving Check

Belgium Waffles for Congo

Sunday, April 11th, 2010
Tommy Pootemans, volunteer for ICC Belgium, recently sent a report about a fundraiser the ICC Belgium office conduted in support of the Patmos Children’s Village in Congo.  The plan was to sell Belgium waffles in two varieties, chocolate and vanilla.  In all a total of 375 boxes  have been sold, primarily in the areas of Mechelen and Antwerp.  The total amount raised was 1,025 Euros. 

Tommy with Boxes of Waffles

First Ambassador for ICC Belgium

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

Tommy Pootemans, volunteer and Public Relations assistant for ICC Belgium and also nephew of Ann Peremans-Buelens, founder of ICC Belgium, has brought in our first Ambassador for ICC Belgium.

In the Spring of 2009, Tommy made contact with Danaë Van Oeteren, an actress and singer in the Flemish part of Belgium, to ask her if she would be prepared to take on the Ambassadorship for ICC Belgium.  Danaë met with Tommy and Ronny Van Dessel, president of ICC Belgium.  After some time of reflecting on the position and after attending our concert in Brussels in October where she saw the ICC Romanian children perform, she officially accepted the invitation to become our first Ambassador.

 

Danaë played some important roles in several Flemish television programs and also played an important role in a Belgian movie production. She sings and has her own music group and has also recorded an album.

 

ICC Belgium is very happy with the decision Danaë has made and hopes that she can become a well known face for our organization and that she can also find some other well known public figures to join ICC.

Tommy & Danaë

Danaë & Tommy

Romanian Children’s Choir goes to Europe

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

Romanian Childrens Choir

Romanian Children's Choir

 

During the weekend of October 10 and 11, the ICC Romania Children’s Choir performed at concerts in Belgium and the Netherlands.  In the afternoon of October 10, the children sang in Vianen, which is close to Utrecht, the Netherlands.  In the evening they performed in Brussels, the capital of Belgium.

 

Choir concert in Brussels

Choir concert in Brussels

 

 

The next morning the children sang at a retirement center in Huis ter Heide, again near Utrecht. In the afternoon they had another performance in Rotterdam. This last concert was for ICC Netherlands 15th year anniversary party.

 

Lambro Triantos, ICC Netherlands Director remarked that, “It is a great miracle to see these children singing.”  Most of the children in the choir were abandoned.  However, ICC has given them a home and a sense of security.  Now, several years later, they are making beautiful music and have performed far beyond the borders of their homeland.

 

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