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Monaco’s Kermesse celebrates 35 years

Donations still welcome for Saturday’s event

Only three days to go before Monaco’s big charity bazaar, the Kermesse Oecuménique, opens its doors on Saturday 4 December. There is still time to get your donations in and these can be taken straight to the Espace de Fontvieille today and Thursday, or Friday morning at the latest. Now in its 35th year, the Kermesse is firmly entrenched in the Principality’s calendar as a place to buy Christmas gifts, cards, English books, secondhand clothes and traditional Christmas fare from Britain, Spain, Greece and Monaco. There is also a big tombola with over 30 prizes which include a cruise in the Mediterranean donated by Star Clippers and a weekend in the Grand Hotel in Monaco. All proceeds are divided between the British Association of Monaco (for its welfare work), St Paul’s Anglican church, l’Eglise des Karmes, the Greek Orthodox church, the society of St-Vincent de Paul and the Reformed Church of Monaco. Last year the event raised 76,000 euro for the six charities.