Working our Magic


There’s nothing quite like that sense of satisfaction that comes from a job well done. Particularly if it’s a something that will make a difference in the life of another. Volunteerism in Ireland is part and parcel of living. Back in the day, showing up at a job interview without some voluntary work on your CV wasn’t even a consideration. As a nation, we have a great record when it comes to charitable donations. We’re a giving lot, and in Hungary, we’ve found our equals.

At the IHBC, we actively search for opportunities for our members and their friends to do some good. So, why not volunteer with us?

Our next project is the Budapest-based Wesley János Nursery, a special pre-school unit that welcomes kids from all sorts of difficult backgrounds. Some are in children's homes, others come from low-income families, more again don’t even have address cards. 

Our challenge is to bring some magic to this deprived area. And do it in three days. So, from Thursday, 30th August to Saturday, 1st September, we will pick up tools at 10 am each day do our magic, building IKEA furniture, making beds, putting up shelves and curtains, and more of the same. There’s a wall-painting artist joining us to create a magic forest on what is now  big, blank wall.

We’re working with Oltalom Egyesület, who are looking forward to meeting and working with the IHBC crew at Dankó utca 11, in Budapest’s VIIIth district.

For more details and to register your support, check out our event on Facebook.

And if, for some reason, you’re not in Budapest and available that weekend, don’t despair. The nursery has a wishlist:

  • Costumes for role play games
  • 2 large screen TVs (second-hand ok) so the kids can watch travel and nature programmes and see the world outside
  • Sports equipment, like balls, ropes, bean bags
  • Professional accessories like a doctor's bag, a fireman’s kit, a mini farm
  • Soft toys
  • Kitchen toys
  • Baby dolls with prams, doll houses
  • Books
  • Bathroom kits: small glass, toothbrush, toothpaste, mini towel
  • Fresh fruit, long lasting drinks, milk, morning cornflakes, muesli bars so we can fill up the kitchen cupboards

If you’ve not been to one of these events before, check out some of the stories on our blog. It’s a great way to spend time together doing good, to meet new people, to get that sense of satisfaction of doing something worthwhile.