IWAK

A special thank you from the Centre for Autism!

In 2017, the IWAK money raised at the annual Charity Gala held at Pod Różą Hotel afforded the Centre for Autism in Kraków the opportunity to upgrade their sensory integration activities room and computer lab. The Centre showed its immense gratitude by gifting IWAK with a photobook showcasing all of […]

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The effects of IWAK’s 2018 Charity Gala are now physically tangible!

We are super excited and proud to announce the official handover of brand new, super comfy foldout beds for the use of parents staying with their sick kids at the newly renovated children’s surgery ward of the University Children’s Hospital in Prokocim. Our donation of PLN 35,000, raised during our […]

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IWAK Charity Masquerade Ball 2018

Wow! What a night! Great company, fine dining, excellent live music, tasty wine and an amazing selection of items that did incredibly well on auction. That almost sums up the IWAK Charity Masquerade Ball held at the Sheraton Grand in December.  Thanks to our sponsors, guests, and hard-working Committee, we […]

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Polish Culture: All Saints’ Day

I think that everybody who lives as an expat somewhere in the world has a day in the year that they would really like to be back home. For some it might be Halloween, Carnival, Koningsdag or Holi. For me it was always All Saints’ Day. The first of November […]

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The University Children’s Hospital: IWAK Gala Fundraising Goal

Anybody whose child has ever required a stay in the hospital has undergone enormous stress. It is heart-breaking to watch your little one suffer. The suffering is only compounded by being torn away from familiar surroundings and having the whole family’s routines disrupted as one parent joins the sick child […]

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Spotlight on the Committee – Interview with Leonie Mueller

What’s your story? I was born in South Africa and spent an idyllic childhood in many cities there. After completing Nursing Studies, I went to England, via Israel, where I hoped to study further. I got side-tracked, in a good way, working for an international non-profit organisation and met my […]

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Spotlight on the Committee – Interview with Anna Mey

What’s your story? I am a Polish-Australian who was born in Warsaw, grew up in Australia, and ended up in Kraków. I am a writer, translator and proofreader, a dancer and a traveller. I am also a mother of two, a wife of one, who loves reading, dancing, meeting new […]

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The story of Carnations and Tights

Here in Poland the International Women’s Day is more commonly celebrated than in many of its neighbouring Western countries. And although nowadays roses are the more elegant gift, Poles seemingly have a thing with carnations… and tights! We asked a Polish guestwriter, Żaneta Piętak to shed some light on this special […]

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Polish Heroines: Irena Sendler

On October 19, 1965 a tree was planted at the entrance to the Avenue of the Righteous in Yad Vashem, Israel’s official memorial to the victims of the Holocaust. The plaque bore the name: Irena Sendler. For the next 34 years this remained the only public recogni-tion for one of […]

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Polish Culture: Independence Day

Poland’s Independence Day – commemorating the country’s regained inde-pendence on 11th November 1918 after 123 years of partitions and rule by Russia, Prussia and Austria – is one of the most important national holidays in Poland. The state holiday was formally introduced in 1937, but soon after it was banned […]

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