25 Years of Celebrating Rabbie Burns, Supporting Sick Children


Photo by Zoltán Pelle (Pelle Photo)

The Robert Burns International Foundation celebrated 25 years of honoring the memory of Scotland’s National Bard, Robert (Rabbie) Burns, and raising funds for seriously ill Hungarian children at the annual Budapest Burns Supper at the Corinthia Hotel Budapest on Saturday.

“We had 300 guests at the event, with more than HUF 9 million raised on the night,” RBIF chairman Douglas Arnott tells the Budapest Business Journal. Arnott, who owns EDMF Language Services Kft., was awarded the British Empire Medal in the United Kingdom’s 2019 New Year’s Honors list for his services to charity and U.K.-Hungary relations.

The annual Sponsor of the Year award was presented to Professor György Fekete, the medical adviser to the RBIF, in recognition of his 54 years in the medical profession at the 2nd Department of Paediatrics at Semmelweis University and 25 years of medical advice and expertise given to the RBIF.

Nevis Sponsors: BP, FirstMed, Taxually.

Saltire Sponsors: AstraZeneca, Budapest Airport, and Gerrards Wealth Management.

Thistle Sponsors: AVC Health, Budapest British International School, and CBRE.

Special thanks for their support go to Corinthia Hotel Budapest, Arran Distillery, Aston Martin, Diageo, Good Spirit Bar, Heineken, Isle of Harris Distillery, Kovács Nimród Winery, UPS, Vylyan Bor, WhiskyNet and Zwack.

This article was first published in the Budapest Business Journal print issue of January 28, 2022.


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