3000 TL Raised in Our First Flea Market Fundraiser

Volunteers gather at the Istanbul&i Office entrance to draw passerbys to the Flea Market.

 

On Sunday, April 15, and Monday, April 16, Istanbul&i had its first Flea Market! We invited our broader Istanbul community to buy gently used books, clothing, household items, and more, all with the purpose of raising funds for our Unaccompanied Minors Dormitory Project. While perusing the selection of affordable items, shoppers listened to live music and ate delicious homemade cookies, borek, pasta salad, and other treats.

In total we raised 3000 TL within two days! The money raised for the Unaccompanied Minors Dormitory Project will go directly towards supporting the displaced minor boys that we are working with in Kadikoy.

 

Generous donors donated books, clothing, household items, handmade food, and more.

 

Currently we support these youth through Turkish and English language conversation clubs, football practice, art workshops, and social activities such as picnics. Money raised will go towards renting the classroom space and football field, transportation for social activities, and supplies for the workshops. For more information and the link to our fundraising campaign please see our article written by Yabangee.

 

The event was also a great way to bring together our volunteers in one place to support a great cause.

 

This event would not be possible without the generous support of those who gave donations to be sold. While we can’t thank everyone as many people dropped off items anonymously, we would like to take the time to thank these people in particular:

Niki Brazzola

Angela Margaret

Merve Aslan Akyüz and Fatih Akyüz

Sevil Demir and Ece Demir-Lira

Ömer Garip

Samar Magdy

Rania Hosni

Jessica Kiran

Elvina Gulverdiyeva

Arya Afshar

Ayça Pınar Doğan

Colin Craig

Helen Campell

Nathan Griffin

Nisa Gilt

Cecilia Kinnear

Sarah Khalbuss

Joanna Birkner

Moira Vural

Talal Akd

Ob Syr

May Pan Pwint

Bayar Family

Mohammad Salehian

Mustafa Hoshmand

Junko Kanero

Sam Madadi

Robertine Ritta Rosella

Jennet Hydyrova

 

Musicians took to the stage as well as played outside to gather more attendees.

 

All photos taken by Obada.

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