Calldorado staff set a new fundraising record in their annual charity auction.

In December 2020 Calldorado held its third annual auction to raise money for two very worthy charities that are close to Calldorado’s heart.

For the first time, the auction was held online due to employees currently working from home. A wide variety of items were on offer, ranging from old company phones and computers to chairs, stool and other items of furniture which became redundant after Calldorado’s recent office relocation.

The 2 hour long auction really fuelled the fun competitive spirit of the team as bids were pushed higher and higher as staff tried to win the lot they had their eyes on.

The most positive trend from the auction was the number of times that staff re-entered a lot they had won back to be auctioned again, thereby giving their bid as a charitable donation without any reward. The number of lots re-entered into the auction led to the highest funds raised to date at any Calldorado auction, with staff donating a grand total of 49,400 DKK (that’s over 6,600 Euros).

In a year of so much difficulty for so many people, it was humbling to see how much generosity the Calldorado team had, and the importance they put on the charities chosen for the auction.

When staff won a bid they could choose which of the two charities their bid went to. These were LittleBigHelp and Projekt Udenfor.

Little Big Help

Since being established in 2010 by founder Lisbeth Johansen, LittleBigHelp has started schools, programs, and projects to help vulnerable women and children locally in India. In 2018 alone, the organization served 112 232 meals.

The organization currently runs both a girls’ home and a boys’ home for 60 street-connected and other vulnerable children. In the homes, the children can start a new life away from the streets with care, comfort, nutrition, and education – a place to call home. Furthermore, LittleBigHelp runs Community Centers in 9 different slum areas in Kolkata, promoting education through school preparation for 350 children, and creating awareness about their rights locally. In addition to running a Centre for Tribal Youth, Little Big Help also supports a Center for Special Education.

The ten skills development projects empower vulnerable women financially and socially, teaching them valuable skills like beautician training, jewelry making, and tailoring. The skills are especially valuable as they equip women to generate income from home, giving them the flexibility to combine it with taking care of their families.

Projekt Udenfor

Projekt Udenfor was established in 1997 and divides its work into a number of areas. There are skilled street workers who reach out to homeless individuals to offer support in a variety of different ways. They also provide clothes (new where possible), hot drinks, food (both breakfast and evening meals), and run numerous other projects to support the homeless around the city.

The provision of food began in 2000 when volunteers would help prepare food boxes which were then delivered on a bike. As the service grew, a car was acquired, and eventually a small van, which now visits fixed stops throughout the city each day. As the project has grown, so has the charity, with a full-time chef being employed to prepare good quality meals which not only taste good but are healthy, providing a good number of calories and are easy to eat due to the unknown condition of individuals’ teeth. The meals are usually warm, particularly in the winter months!

Their chef also has to manage the economy of the food preparation, ensuring there is no wastage of food and costs are kept to a minimum while meeting the requirements of the meals. The average meal costs around 18 DKK, meaning that Calldorado’s donation could provide around 595 meals.

While Projekt Udenfor receives government funding to ensure the continuation of their great work, they rely on charitable donations to enable their growth and to go above and beyond the basic levels of support they can offer.