Creative ideas and heart-warming fundraising programmes see students and our wider community putting those less fortunate in their thoughts.

Zumikon’s spacious Community Centre was imbued with a magical feel - reverberating in the sounds of lively chatter and songs of the season - with volunteers from our Parents’ Association, community vendors, and numerous others, celebrating a successful Winter Market once again this year. Whilst raising funds for important causes, our community of parents showcased their talents in crafts, design, and recipes, as well as a variety of professional services.

Visitors to the market were treated to mulled cider and hot drinks for warming up along with homemade sweets and savoury dishes available for purchase. The many tables and stands displayed an impressive assortment of holiday home decorative items and hand-crafted ornaments ideal for gift giving. A number of students were actively helping to make the occasion a success. For example, Grade 11 pupils, passionate about water sports, hosted a booth to raise awareness and funds for an ocean protection non-profit. Grade 9 students were selling art made by ICS pupils for the purpose of fundraising for the Round Square charities and the Parents’ Association’s University Assistance Fund. We also had music performances from the Tigermania group and the Senior Vocal group at ICS. Last but not least, a large number of students volunteered to help run ICS stalls.  

Another stand at the Winter Market presented colourful shawls, hats and other accessories made by Nepalese children. The sale of these items too helped raise money towards the PA's University Assistance Fund. As a reminder, the ICS Parents’ Association raises funds towards the Round Square charities our school champions and also towards a fund in support of pupils from our sister school, Shree Mangal Dvip school (SMD) that graduate from ICS and go on to university. Although the students often secure university scholarships, these are rarely full scholarships. The PA's University Assistance Fund relieves some of the financial strain by offering a one-off stipend of 8000 CHF to each SMD graduate that gets accepted at a university anywhere in the world. This month, a holiday luncheon in support of the Parents’ Association University Assistance Fund also took place. 

We are delighted to report that the Sparkle Malawi Telethon was held for the third time. Grade 12 student Siarra curated the live Christmas show, one that was open for all to take part in. Performances featured acts from around the world as well as a few of our very own talented students. Everyone is encouraged to support the telethon, and donations are still being accepted. Funds raised will help create brighter futures for vulnerable children and communities at Sparkle Malawi - a charity ICS has built a relationship with and supported for years. Donations are still being accepted and for more details on the telethon, please visit: https://siarrah.wixsite.com/donate 

Primary and Secondary School pupils have been focused on several additional activities for making a positive difference. Primary students helped with the 2 x Christmas / 2 x Weihnachten (sometimes called ‘Christmas in a shoebox’), a joint campaign of the Swiss Red Cross, and one ICS has backed for many years. In this donation drive, concerning parcels filled with food, toys, and necessary items, we find children learning by helping and developing a sense of responsibility towards others less fortunate.

Secondary School students and the Round Square Action Group wrapped up a successful Food Drive and a Hygiene Kit Drive in their Care for Others Campaign 2022. More than 30 boxes of donated items were delivered to Sozialwerk Pfarrer Sieber and Zharity. They wish to extend a sincere thank you to all in our community for the generous spirit shown.

Following the November initiative "Movember", where many male members of our community took part in the global campaign, growing moustaches and raising awareness of men's health issues, comes "Dressember". This annual event aims to raise money for its namesake foundation that supports human trafficking victims. For more information and how to donate, please visit the website or the event’s Instagram page.

We are grateful to all who helped coordinate efforts and supported donations to make the programmes a success. Your kind generosity and leading by example are very much appreciated. Thank you!

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