This Friday, January 31 and Saturday, February 1, special bouquets of flowers will be sold in Geneva and throughout Suisse Romande. For only CHF 5, you can brighten up your home – and brighten a child’s life.

Image credit: Croix-Rouge Vaudoise

Image credit: Croix-Rouge Vaudoise

Here’s how it works: These flowers, called Mimosa du Bonheur (mimosas of happiness), are sold by volunteers on the last weekend of January each year. All of the money raised benefits disadvantaged children and their families in the area, from helping buy winter coats and new shoes to enabling children to participate in activities like sports and music lessons.

This tradition dates to the 1940s. During World War II (1939-1945), the Swiss Red Cross facilitated the placement of thousands of French children in Swiss Romande.  After the war, in recognition of the actions of the Swiss, French mimosa growers began sending their flowers; the bouquets have been sold to benefit underprivileged Swiss children since 1948.

If you’re out and about this weekend and have an extra five francs to spare, why not join the happiness?

Image credit: redcross.ch

Image credit: redcross.ch

For more information, visit the Red Cross website www.redcross.chFor the canton of Vaud, more details are available from the Croix-Rouge vaudoise.

We are a group of international women living in Geneva, Switzerland.  If you would like to join the AIWC, please visit our website at http://www.aiwcgeneva.org/.

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