One of history’s worst earthquakes and tsunamis devastated the Indian Ocean region on December 26, 2004, killing over 230,000 people in 14 countries and inundating coastal communities with waves up to 30 metres high. It was one of the deadliest natural disasters in recorded history. Indonesia was hardest hit, then Sri Lanka, India and Thailand. Starting with a relief operation and charity collection organised by the Baptist Church, Happy Kids decided to make its own contribution to this relief operation.
The first Happy Kids children’s fashion show was in March 2005 to raise money and collect items that would help the devastated areas. Following the success of this first event, the kingergarten decided to make the fashion show an annual program in the Happy Kids calendar, where each year a different charity would be supported.
March 2015 witnessed many parents and grandparents crowded around a catwalk set up in Happy Kids International Kindergarten to see the next generation strike a pose. With princesses and knights, mermaids and Martians, the runway sparkled with costumes not normally seen in the fashion houses of Milan, Paris or London.
Many of the older children had learned to sew just so they could wear their own unique creations; the younger ones opted for customising old clothes with paper and paint. Indeed, most of the costumes on display were made out of recycled clothes and materials. Judging by the smiles on both the staff and the parents’ faces, watching their little models stride down the catwalk, this was a very proud moment.
A raffle was held with generous prizes donated from programme sponsors and Happy Kids parents including vouchers from the Four Seasons, Marriott and InterContinental Hotels, FirstMed Center and Costes Restaurant.
The main prize was a three-day sailing holiday on a yacht in Croatia. Money raised from the sale of raffle and fashion show tickets totalled HUF 728,000. This year’s benefitting charity is the Age of Hope Foundation.