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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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