I want to thank all of you and especially the artisans in the atelier for supporting this fundraiser.
The 15.000,00 euro we donated will be spend to finance 2/3 of the renovation needed to prepare a school for Ukrainian kids who having to flee their country with no immediate end to this war, are left without access to educational tools and teachers.
The raffle for the Doxa SUB 200 was won by Tamas Miklos.
Limited Edition 2-piece Ukraine MN strap
This limited edition 2-piece MN Strap is available for 20 and 22 lugs only. Sale ends on July 1, 2022.
100% of the proceeds of this Ukraine MN Strap will go directly to aid those fleeing the war.
The Ukraine MN strap is a patented 2-piece strap. Unlike my regular MN strap, this strap does not go under the watch but is mounted on the spring bars like any other regular strap. It therefore, in this case, allows for two different colors to be used. I have so far been making such 2-piece MN straps as special orders for watches that can not fit a regular MN strap.
Measuring your wrist for the 2-piece MN strap
The 2-piece MN strap is less adjustable and requires double the work to stitch, so if you order one please take new measurements of your wrist circumference as loose or tight as you want your watch to be.
If you have an extra large watch on a small wrist with significant “overhang” please contact me via email before ordering.
You can find more information about this action below.
I have always believed that companies should stay away from politics and religion and charitable work should be done in private without the need for it to be advertised. When my customers asked me to make a special strap to support Ukraine I declined, not because I didn’t want to get involved but I didn’t think I could make a difference.
But this hit too close to home when a few Ukrainian mothers with their young children moved into my apartment building, having to leave their husbands and older sons behind. When I went to welcome them I immediately got invited for a cup of tea. I thought I found my ‘good cause’ - help where help is needed, but they flat out refused my help and told me there are many others that need my help more than themselves. It was their only wish to go back home. I was so touched, I felt compelled to do something bigger.
So far I have been stitching the Ukrainian flags on straps, reserving the money from it to donate to a cause, But that was no longer enough, so I decided to get serious and design a 2-piece Limited Edition MN Strap to directly aid the refugees in their hour of need. This is not about sales or publicity but about paying it forward.
The artisans in the atelier in Valencia will be hand stitching your strap in their free time and all the materials are paid for. This way, 100% of the proceeds of the Ukraine MN Strap will go directly to aid those fleeing the war. (More information about the strap can be found below).
I just needed to find a local organization I believe in…
Gathering money is the easy part. Finding the right place to donate to is another.
I prefer to help locally rather than donate to a big organization. Not because they don’t do good work but because I like to keep it hands on and close to home. It is probably my Dutch roots that want to see how the money is spent.
With the help of my new Ukrainian neighbors I found a local organization where I, together with you, will be able to truly make a difference: the Open Doors Situational Center in Sofia!
The volunteers here provide basic humanitarian need such as housing, food, supplies, counselling and education for the growing number of refugees. At the same time they are working hard to provide sustainable help beyond that, not just for the short term. Assisting them with temporary jobs and helping them find new perspective. Although all of them want to go back home as soon as possible, the sad reality is that may not be possible anytime soon.
We can make a difference as a community
I hope to make as many Ukraine MN straps as possible, which is why the charity sale will run for 3 months. To thank you for your support, I am raffling off a brand new Doxa Sub 200. For every Ukraine MN strap sold - a ticket with your name on it will go into a raffle box and I will draw the winner and reveal the proceeds live on Instagram on July 1st.
I will of course keep you posted on a regular basis through Instagram and Facebook.
To thank you for your support, I am raffling off a brand new Doxa Sub 200. For every Ukraine MN strap sold - a ticket with your name on it will go into a raffle box and I will draw the winner and reveal the proceeds live on Instagram on July 1st.