The seventh fundraising ball Burns Supper, which celebrates the birth of Scottish poet Robert Burns, took place in Bucharest on January 23 at the Intercontinental Hotel, in the presence of the British ambassador, Robin Barnett.
The ball was organized by the foundation Light into Europe. Guests made donations in aid of children and young people with sight and hearing problems.
Diplomats, business people and celebrities joined in the party and enjoyed dances, bagpipes and Scottish specialties.
The proceeds from the event will be used by the Light into Europe foundation to edit and print books in Braille and help the hundreds of local families caring for someone with hearing or sight deficiencies.
Romania’s more than 85,000 blind or partially-sighted people and 30,000 hearing-impaired adults are vulnerable to daily isolation and discrimination. There are also tens of thousands of children with sight or hearing difficulties who study in special schools.
Most of these children are cared for by their families and do not have access to education adapted to their specific needs or the chance to seek employment. In Romania, nine out of ten people with sensorial deficiencies depend exclusively on state aid.