Projects Supported by the 2023 Budapest Burns Supper


Photo by Pelle Photo

Tickets for the 2024 edition of charity fundraising Budapest Burns Supper at the Corinthia Hotel Budapest on Jan. 27 are apparently selling like the proverbial hotcakes. Considering that, it seems a good time to review how the money raised this year was spent.

The 2023 Burns Supper raised almost HUF 13.5 million thanks to the generosity of the many guests and sponsors, says the organizing Robert Burns International Foundation.

The RBIF used these funds to support seven different projects in five towns and cities during the year. All helped, in different ways, to raise the standard of pediatric medical care in Hungary, the foundation says.

Douglas Arnott, chairman of the RBIF, thanked supporters of the ball for their continued backing.

“Your assistance year-in, year-out is hugely appreciated not just by the volunteers at the RBIF but by the many doctors and nurses whose daily work is facilitated by your donations,” he said. “Thank you for helping us, and we would be delighted if you could contribute in any way to our forthcoming event to be held on Jan. 27, 2024!”

The following is a necessarily brief description of the hospitals supported by the funds raised in 2023. More information on each project can be found on the foundation blog:

Szent Rafael Zala County Hospital, pediatric department, Zalaegerszeg

230 km southwest of Budapest

Equipment for outdoor therapy playground, together with FirstMed Centers

Mezőtúri Hospital, children’s department, Mezőtúr

150 km southeast of Budapest

Complete re-decoration of the children’s department, plus inhalators and pulse oximeters, together with HLI Kft.

2nd Department of Pediatrics of Semmelweis University, Tűzoltó utca, Budapest

NanoDrop Spectrophotometer for highly accurate analysis of DNA samples

Jávorszky Ödön Hospital, Vác

45 km north of Budapest

Advanced therapy set for child psychology sessions and volumetric pumps, together with Norhot Kft.

2nd Department of Pediatrics of Semmelweis University, Tűzoltó utca, Budapest

Mattress protectors bought together with BME International Secondary Grammar School

Péterfy Sándor Utca Hospital and Trauma Center, newborn and infant department, Budapest

WILAflow Elite non-invasive ventilator for premature and newborn infants, plus associated dehumidifier and pulse oximeters

Csongrád-Csanád County Hospital, pediatric department, Hódmezővásárhely

190 km southeast of Budapest

An SM-01 sweat analyzer system for cystic fibrosis diagnosis, bought together with Inter Relocation Kft.

Editor’s note: In the interests of full disclosure, it should be noted that BBJ editor-in-chief Robin Marshall is a member of the RBIFboard.

Who is the RBIF?

The Robert Burns International Foundation is an entirely voluntary and overhead-free organization that has raised funds for child healthcare in Hungary since 1998. A six-member board runs the RBIF, while its accounting and audit are handled by Moore Hungary and KPMG, respectively, as sponsors, ensuring transparency. Its patrons are the U.K. Ambassador to Hungary and the Hungarian Ambassador to the United Kingdom. More information can be found on the foundation website:

This article was first published in the Budapest Business Journal print issue of December 15, 2023.

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