WiTR exceeds fundraising target with €17,200 for Hope Foundation’s new bus

By Charlotte Turner |

This year at TFWA World Exhibition, Women in Travel Retail (WiTR) once again gathered to network and raise funds for nominated charity, The Hope Foundation. Thanks to a number of generous donations, this year’s event exceeded its target of €15,000.


Over 150 members of the duty free and travel retail industry met at the group’s popular networking session held on Tuesday 5 October in the foyer of the Palais des Festivals.


On arrival, guests were welcomed with a glass of Chandon Garden Spritz courtesy of Moët Hennessy.


The aim of the event was to raise money for a new bus for The Hope Foundation. This project was nominated by Butlers Chocolates which has a long-standing association with WiTR and with the charity.


WiTR would like to share a short video clip about The Hope Foundation. 



WiTR’s target was to raise €15,000 to buy a new bus for women and children at Hope’s five homes in Kolkata, as the current 15-year-old bus has been forced off the road and no longer complies with Government environmental guidelines.


The bus is desperately needed to transport women at the Hope homes to reach medical services, vocational training centres, as well as taking children to school and other activities.


Victoria's Secret made a generous donation.

Victoria’s Secret made a generous donation at the WiTR event in Cannes.

Thanks to generous donations from Victoria’s Secret, Gebr. Heinemann, Harding+, and all the women who donated at the networking session, over €17,200 was raised, meaning that The Hope Foundation can now purchase the new bus.


Baptiste Marchis, Head of Travel Retail at Victoria’s Secret commented: “We are grateful for the partnership with Women in Travel Retail, and the opportunity to positively impact women’s lives with our donation to the Hope Foundation.”


Aisling Walsh said: “On behalf of Butlers Chocolates and Hope Foundation we would like to thank our very generous corporate sponsors – Victoria’s Secret, Gebr. Heinemann and Harding Bros – and all those who donated to the raffle on the night, and to the fabulous team at WiTR who made it all happen in the first place.”


In a statement shared with the press, WiTR said it would like to thank the TFWA for facilitating its annual meeting, its trade media partners for publicising the event and call for donations; and to all those who joined the meeting this year and generously donated.


WiTR invites all women in the duty-free and travel retail industry to join using the link on the website: www.womenintr.com.


Annual membership is set at £25/€25/USD$25. WiTR also has an active LinkedIn group, where members can network and make new connections.


In addition to the WiTR webinar series hosted by Vice Chair Gerry Munday, WiTR plans to host a number of events in the coming year.

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