JAKARTA, 30 October 2018 - The 2018 ASEAN Women’s Circle (AWC) Bazaar will officially kick off through an opening ceremony at the ASEAN Secretariat on 1 November.

Permanent Representatives of ASEAN Member States, Dialogue Partners, their spouses, members of the diplomatic corps, patrons and friends of AWC, vendors and guests from the local and international community are expected to attend the event.

ASEAN Deputy Secretary-General for Community and Corporate Affairs Dr. AKP Mochtan and AWC President Sari Percaya will deliver their remarks and welcome messages respectively. Madam Yasmin Fachir, AWC Chief Patron, will be the guest of honour and will lead the cutting of the ceremonial ribbon.

AWC President Sari said that similar to the previous AWC annual bazaars which run on  1 and 2 November, this year’s bazaar- themed Shop, Indulge and Share –  will aim to raise more funds for AWC charitable causes and projects. “Over the years, AWC has been consistent in focusing on projects geared towards education for the youth, women’s welfare, children with special needs and providing assistance during disasters,” she said.

Over 70 food and non-food vendors are participating in the bazaar. Corporate sponsors like Air Asia, Philippine Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Alila Hotels, and Fairmont hotel will donate  airline tickets and hotel vouchers for the lucky draw and auction.  The Mission of Thailand to ASEAN will provide a round trip ticket to Bangkok via Thai Airways. Meanwhile, Asian Tigers, an international moving company, will sponsor hampers for raffle and ecobags for shoppers during the two-day event.  Other sponsors include Danone, Lotte Duty Free and Ming by Tung Lok.

Shoppers at the bazaar will stand a chance to win attractive prizes such as a Huawei P20 or Oppo smartphone, donated by the Mission of China to ASEAN. Other ASEAN Member States, Dialogue Partners and commercial vendors have likewise pledged numerous prizes for the raffle draw. A raffle ticket costs Rp 50,000.

All proceeds from ticket sales and auctions are earmarked for AWC’s charity projects.