ICCA Congress 2017
Congress charity

We feel it is important to give something back to the community where our congress takes place. Instead of handing out speaker gifts, a donation to charity will be made. The local host committee has also graciously agreed not to receive a gift but for another donation to be made to the charity.
This year we will have two charity initiatives.

ICCA Members Gift of Love (GOL) Project 2017

Every year, since 2013, participants to ICCA Congresses have offered moral support and brought smiles to the local communities. With the help of the Local Host Committees of hosting destinations who assist us identify local charities and NGOs, ICCA Members have worked with the following organisations

2013 – Shanghai International Communication Center for The Disabled – wheelchairs for poor/old
2014 - Lősev Foundation for Children with Leukemia, Turkey – children’s books
2015 – Hacienda Camino (NGO for care of poor rural children) – shoes, puzzles and books in Spanish
2016 – Malaysian Association of Librarians, Sarawak Chapter– books in English (Book Share programme-books for rural villages and community halls)

We are proud to inform that participants in the GOL projects above also included ICCA Members who did not attend the Congress but sent their gifts through other delegates, and also non-member organisations who were supportive of our causes. 

This year’s ICCA Members Gift of Love (GOL) project is organised with the kind and ready support of the Prague Convention Bureau and LHC of ICCA Congress 2017, who has reached out to SOS Children’s Villages

SOS Children's Villages is an independent, non-governmental, social development organisation that provides care and support for children and disadvantaged families in 135 countries and territories and that advocates the concerns, rights and needs of children. The main focus of SOS Children’s Villages is to offer care in a family environment for orphaned, abandoned and neglected children and comprehensive community-based social programmes for disadvantaged families.  (www.sos-childrensvillages.org) In the Czech Republic, SOS Children’s Villages support children and families at need in five regions (Karlovy Vary region, South Moravian region, Olomouc region, Zlín region and Prague).

We invite all participants to ICCA Congress 2017 Prague to each bring a traditional toy from their country as their special Gift of Love for the children at SOS Children’s Village. Not only will we offer moral support to the NGO and let the children know we are thinking of them, we will also create a bridge between the different cultures of the world. 

We look forward to your participation, and thank you in advance. You just need to pack a traditional toy, or a puzzle, in your suitcase and bring it to Prague with you.

See you in Prague soon!

Yours sincerely, 

Lucie Jalová - Prague Convention Bureau/Local Host Committee
Roman Muška - Prague Convention Bureau/Local Host Committee
Jane Vong Holmes - ICCA Member GOL Coordinator

Jedlička Institute and The Tap Tap

Instead of handing out speaker gifts, a donation to 
Jedlička Institute will be made. The local host committee has also graciously agreed not to receive a gift but for another donation to be made to this charity. 

For 25 years, the Jedlička Institute Foundation has been supporting improvement of comprehensive rehabilitative care for children and young people with physical disabilities in all its aspects – educational and therapeutic rehabilitation as well as professional and comprehensive assistance in integrating the young people with disabilities into society, aimed at preventing their social isolation. Support is provided to clients and graduates of the Jedlička Institute and Schools and also to non-profit organizations throughout the Czech Republic whose mission is similar to the one of the foundation. The activities of the Jedlička Institute Foundation are faithful to the humanitarian legacy of Professor Rudolf Jedlička, MD., founder of the Jedlička Institute, who all his life championed the idea of a fully-fledged life for people with disabilities. Jedlička Institute Foundation is a member of the Association of Foundations of Donors Forum and it is governed by the principles stipulated in the Code of Ethics of the Association of Foundations.

The Tap Tap (www.thetaptap.cz), created in Prague 18 years ago to give students at a renowned school for the disabled (Jedlička Institute, www.jus.cz) an extracurricular activity, has become a major musical operation that has drawn millions of fans, first at home and later abroad. You cannot tell from the professional and typically rhythmic sound of this ensemble that most of its musicians are seriously disabled and 5 of them perform in wheelchairs.
In the beginning, The Tap Tap started with cover versions of their favourite songs. Today it produces its own music, with help from local musicians, and the lyrics target the world of the disabled.
The 20-member ensemble performs about 60 concerts annually, including a musical at the National Theatre in Prague. Despite of all the challenges of going on the road, The Tap Tap has performed in a number of European capitals and they are currently preparing to cross the Atlantic to stage concerts in America.

ICCA Charity Run

The 56th ICCA Congress will play host to the first ever ICCA run in aid of a fantastic cause - SOS Children Village. Click here to find our more. 

Please click here for ICCA's general CSR policy.