Philanthropy News

Follow up on AWC Philanthropy Award 2012

Our philanthropy award winner 2012, Landsforeningen Præmatures Vilkår, has now completed their app, part of which was paid for by the AWC award and they have asked us if they could use the club logo on their web page as primary donor for production of this app.

You can find more information about Præmatures on these links: and When in place, the logo will be visible at the bottom of the Danish version and the app Præmatures are expanding to other countries in the coming months and are at present in collaboration with German prematurity organizations in Germany and Norway.

Report 2014

AWC supports several charities ongoing throughout the year. Here are examples of our recent support.

Thanks to all the AWC members who contributed toiletries (and 700 kr. in cash) to make Christmas merry for the residents of Christian Safe House for trafficked women and their children. In addition to the generosity of AWC members, the staff of the US embassy contributed five Irma shopping bags full of gifts, and appliances. All the donations were wrapped by busy club members at our Christmas Wrapping party, and this enabled AWC to supply over 150 individually wrapped gifts and a Christmas tree!

The AWC Board wrote to the Ambassador to express the Club’s thanks, and we also thank our own generous members here!

A car load of these gifts for women and children, as well as family-sized lotions, shampoos, sanitary articles and diapers and several huge bags of winter clothing (which will be shared between the four shelter locations), was gladly received at Christian Safe House. The founder called to tell me “many of these young women who came to the house were so surprised to get a gift. We tell them that the gifts are from AWC.  Many of these women, hardened by the experience of being victims of human traffickers, get teary-eyed by the idea of someone caring enough to take the time to provide a wrapped present for a complete stranger.

The Missionaries of Charity Soup Kitchen in Nørrebro told me that the scarves, hand-knitted by the LINK group hosted by Denice Cosby, were warmly welcomed by the recipients, many of whom spend the winter without adequate clothing.

AWC will continue to collect and distribute winter clothing and knit more scarves for both these organizations throughout the winter months.  There is a special request from Christian Safe House for winter shoes for women, sizes 40-42.

Members Cyntheia Singleton and Mary Stewart Burgher raised additional thousands from selling jewelry and books at AWC events, Christmas fairs and other events.

Philanthropy Award for 2012 - Landsforeningen Præmatures Vilkår


Landsforeningen Premature Vilkår (LPV) received AWC’s Philanthropy Award for for their outstanding work in supporting families who experience prematurity.

Approx. 4,600 premature children are born each year. Not all of these infants are physically or mentally affected by their early and harsh start in life, but for the many who are, science-based knowledge is essential for a good childhood and beyond.

LPV’s support may be in the form of physiological help and/or actual help in interpreting and utilizing the social laws, help to self-help and general information of having a premature child.

Just as important, disseminating information to all the people who are in contact with premature children, e.g. courses, lectures, booklets are LPVs primary information sources.

AWC’s award of DKK 12,000 will help LPV to increase their scope of information. These funds will be used to create and implement an APP where users can quickly access relevant information on premature children.

The photo above shows Joan Oppenheim, chairwoman of the AWC Philanthropy committee presenting the award to Karina Rothoff, Næstformand of Landsforeningen Præmatures Vilkår.

Philanthropy Award - Recipients from the last ten years

  • Look Good…Feel Better (courses for women who are in out-patient treatment for cancer)
  • KRIS Kristen Rådgivning for Incestofre og Seksuelt misbrugte
  • Dansk Kvindesamfund Krisecenter i Vodroffsvej
  • Heart Pillow Project for women with breast surgery
  • Blågårds Kirke “Meals for the Needy”
  • Muhabet (Meeting place for immigrants and refugees with psychological problems
  • Drys Ind , the oldest day center in Denmark
  • Support Group for Late Brain-Damaged Children
  • Alexandra Collegium , for single mothers in education programs
  • Hjernesagen Copenhagen & Frederiksberg, Afasi Center
  • Volunteer Center, Vedbæk, installing smoke alarms for elderly people’s homes
  • SIV Children’s Home in Farum
  • SOVI, for autistic people
  • Danish Council of Alcohol & Addiction DCAA
  • Handicap OL
  • Rehabilitation Center for Torture Victims
  • School for the Deaf

If you would like to participate in our philanthropy activities contact Joan Oppenheim at

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