Burns Night 2015 In Croatia To Aid SOS Children’s Village Foundation

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“Then let us pray that come it may,
As come it will for a’ that
That Sense and Worth, o’er a’ the earth,
May bear the gree, and a’ that.
For a’ that, and a’ that,
It’s comin yet for a’ that,
That Man to Man, the world o’er,
Shall brothers be for a’ that!”

A verse from song by Scottish poet Robert Burns “A Man’s A Man”, 1795, in which he speaks of liberty and independence. In that verse Burns pleads that mind and character should be the standard for judging men, not their wealth or position.

The Homeland War or Croatian War of Independence in the early 1990’s had a devastating effect on Croatia’s economy and poverty, mainly due to high unemployment, spreads viciously by the day, cutting the meeting of even the basic of needs from under the feet of helpless children.

Burns Night in Croatia Photo: croatiaweek.com

Burns Night in Croatia
Photo: croatiaweek.com

2015 Burns Night in Zagreb, in honour of Scotland’s greatest poet, will be a gala event presented by the Croatia-based United Kingdom Friendship Society, the British House and the Esplanade Hotel, and with the kind media support of Croatia Week and Soundset Plavi.
It will be held on the night of January 17th, 2015 at the Hotel Esplanade in Zagreb.
Raffle and all profits and donations will go to SOS Children’s Village Croatia Foundation http://sos-dsh.hr/en/

Burns Night 2015 Zagreb Hotel Esplanade

Burns Night 2015
Zagreb Hotel Esplanade

What a great cause.

Photo: SOS Children's Village Croatia

Photo: SOS Children’s Village Croatia

Those who wish to buy a ticket may do so by emailing info@dpuk.hr (tickets are HRK 500 with today’s currency conversion rates that would be USD80/EURO66), but those of you who are unable to attend but wish to donate to the charity can do so by sending what they can to:

Drustvo prijatelja ujedinjenog Kraljevstva
Bascanske ploce 25, 10 000 Zagreb
IBAN: HR4824020061100643129
Please use the reference/note “AUSBurns 2015″ or “NZBrurns 2015” or “USABurns 2015” or “CABurns 2015” or “UKBurns 2015” or “GERBurns 2015” … to mark the country from which you are sending the payment.
Photo: SOS Children's Village Croatia

Photo: SOS Children’s Village Croatia

SOS Children’s Villages has been present in Croatia since 1992. Currently SOS Children’s Villages is supporting local children, young people and families in two locations in Croatia struck by poverty. The work of SOS Children’s Villages has responded to the changing needs of children and families in Croatia. The organisation works in Lekenik which is 24 kilometres from Zagreb and in Ladimirevci in the east of the country. In both locations it supports children by providing them with loving care in an SOS family, and young people by providing houses where they can learn to live semi-independently.

Photo: SOS Children's Village Croatia

Photo: SOS Children’s Village Croatia

Whatever charity you support is a most wonderful pursuit of humanity and helping children whose lives are cruelly affected by poverty is a pursuit that stands out above most as children are our future and we can all make a difference to a better and peaceful future. I trust the welfare of children living in poverty will be on your mind this Christmas season especially. Ina Vukic, Prof. (Zgb); B.A., M.A.Ps. (Syd)

"Merry Christmas" Photo: SOS Children's Village Croatia

“Merry Christmas”
Photo: SOS Children’s Village Croatia


Photo: SOS Children's Village Croatia

Photo: SOS Children’s Village Croatia

"Become A Christmas Angel" from SOS Children's Village Croatia

“Become A Christmas Angel”
SOS Children’s Village Croatia


  1. Thank you, Ina With The Immense <3 Heart

  2. Merry Christmas ! 🙂

  3. Reblogged this on MrMilitantNegro™.

  4. I hope your Burns night is a Great Success Worldwide Ina. Who could fail to remember the plight of children in poverty. Children are our future.
    xxx Massive Hugs xxx

  5. Beautiful post! Those sweet faces… 🙂 <3 God bless them all.

  6. Ina what a worthwhile cause this is.. and so many forget the children who are I feel the greatest sufferers of any war.. Sending my heart.. And love for your continued support of Croatia.. And all who still suffer..
    Bless you and wishing you a Wonderful Christmas Ina..
    Love Sue xox

  7. I miei più sinceri AUGURI di Buone Feste 🙂

  8. what a lovely cause! Wishing you and yours a happy 2015

  9. Lovely post. Seasons greetings dear Ina.

  10. Ina
    Iskrene cestitke za Bozic i Bozicne blagdane; te mir, veselje i srece Vama i Vasima u Novoj Godina. A Blessed Christmas to you and yours and all good things in 2015.
    Thanks for the insightful blogging!
    I am hoping you will be blogging good news on Dec 28/29 !
    I am praying for positive election results!

    • Thank you, Erica, Merry Christmas to you too and of course wishing a wonderful New Year with positive election results on 28th December. Rooting for change!

  11. I hope the event is a huge success. Poverty is the worst thing in the world because it makes people lose hope. And it all seems so unnecessary — just as the war was. No one benefitted from it.

    Nazi mindsets are the ugliest side of humanity. We saw it committed by the Serbs, and we are seeing perhaps even worse war crimes committed by a certain country in the Middle East. I believe worse because the crimes are ongoing, and the US, is aiding and abetting that evil regime.

    I saw a video about poverty in Russia recently. Heartbreaking really. It had to do with that Krokodil drug. Young men, seemingly intelligent, committing suicide by using it–out of dire hopelessness.

    I hope for the economic recovery of the world’s economy, while realizing that the odds are not on our side.

  12. Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

    I love how Burns is so popular the World o’er. That is my warm fellow-feeling with my countrymen.

  13. FYI Ina.
    Midnight Mass with Father Damir Stojic at Savska 66, in front of the ministry of Croatian veterans, along with the retired and disabled homeland warriors! Starts at 11 pm on Christmas Eve for anyone in Zagreb!

    branitelji prosvjednici ispred Ministarstva hrvatskih branitelja proslaviti će Isusovo porođenje svetom misom. Točno u ponoć don Damir Stojić predvodit će polnoćku, a na Božić sveta misa započet će u 11 sati.

    Pozivamo vas da zajedno s nama dočekate rođenje Isusovo, iskažimo zajedništvo i ljubav prema bližnjemu i radujmo se zajedno jer, Ljubav uvijek pobjeđuje!

    S poštovanjem,
    Đuro Glogoški, predsjednik Udruge 100%-tnih HRVI I. skupine.
    mob: 098 465 749

    Zorica Gregurić
    mob: +385 99 7102 284
    e-mail: gzorica@gmail.com

  14. I had meant to comment here a lot earlier, but I just want to say thank you for bringing this cause to my attention. The moment I laid eyes on that last photo of the little girl, my heart seized up. There is something about that image that reminds me so much of my own situation back in Croatia. It’s like staring back into the past. It is heartbreaking to think there are still so many children living in these awful situations; poverty, away from their families, without adequate support and resources needed for their development.

  15. It’s wonderful that you are getting thoughts from
    this article as well as from our dialogue made at this time.

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