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Darkness into Light Challenge 2021

We invite you to join Pieta at sunrise on May 8th 2021 for a special Darkness Into Light Sunrise. Wherever you are in the world, let's walk together under one sunrise, holding in our hearts all those impacted by suicide and self-harm.
Each and every year, your vital support enables Pieta and our partner charities across the globe to change the lives of thousands of people struggling with suicidal thoughts, or self-harming.

Since 2012 when our first international Darkness Into Light event took place in London, over €3.5 million has been raised for our mental health partner charities around the world.
Sign up for a special Darkness Into Light sunrise today, and take part locally with your loved ones.

This year, we are asking all of more our adventurous supporters to don their cycling helmets, dust off their hiking boots and get involved in the Darkness Into Light Challenge. Sign up for free, and fundraise to support Pieta and your local partner charity by getting involved in your favourite activity, in your local area.

Get together with friends and family (near and far) to create a virtual team, or get out there by yourself to become the Darkness Into Light hero we always knew you were!

Sign up at :
Event Name Darkness Into Light 2021 Date May 8th 2021
Organiser Pieta Time 5:00 a.m. sunrise
TicketFreeLocationParticipants choice

Staying Sane In The Protracted Pandemic

As we embark on the second year of living with Covid-19, even the most resilient among us have felt sorrow, frustration, and sometimes anger at the times we are now living in. How will we cope going forward? How can we cope better? How can we help ourselves and our families in these complex and challenging times?

In this session, multi-award-winning mental health campaigner Natasha Devon will give practical tips for how to encourage someone you're concerned about to open up about their mental health, how to have the conversation in the most productive way possible and what to do if you can't provide them with a solution.

Following her keynote, Natasha will be joined by Simon Dwyer, organizational psychologist and counselor, Lucian Ionescu, VP, Head of Immunology Europe at UCB Pharma, Jeremy Jennings, President of Community Help Service, and Stephanie Freidberg, Primary School Counselor at St. John's International School to discuss:

  • The evolution of the pandemic and what to expect in the months to come
  • How to cope with mental health and family life difficulties in times of COVID
  • Children's mental health during the pandemic and how parents, teachers and professionals can support them

Date & Time Thursday, 6 May 2021, 19:00 to 20:00
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Breakfast Conference with Bright Expats: Going out and about in Brussels on (less) sunny days

Now, more than ever, Spring is worth a celebration!

Who does nowadays not crave for a change of scenery, for travel into the new, for a flavor of the unknown? I do, we do and, if you do, please join our next webinar on "going out and about in Brussels" , given by Stella Vestmann from Stellar Walks. Discover Brussels as you never saw it… (less) sunny days will never be the same.

Date & Time Thursday, March 18, 2021 - 8:50 AM
Free to Attend
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8h50 Connect to the webinar
Questions & Answers

Bright Expats and KBC Brussels, hosting this conference, will make of this moment an opportunity to meet, exchange views and share experiences; the conference is free of charge. 


Quiz Night with Brussels British Community Association

On Wednesday 24 March 2021, the BBCA will be holding its first online ZOOM Quiz. The Quiz will last for around two hours and will kick-off at 19:30 Brussels time, but participants will be asked to join online no later than 19:00 to go through the technical/logistical aspects of the event. Our Quiz master for the evening will be Stuart Cummings who, as many of you will know, has been running regular quizzes in support of UNICEF in Belgium for several years. Over the COVID lockdown period, Stuart has also run web-based quizzes that the BBCA has helped to promote. 

 To take part in the BBCA Quiz, an entry fee of €8 per person will be charged with all proceeds being donated to the BBCA Community charities (British Charitable Fund, CHS, Royal British legion, and the Wednesday Club).

Team event

The BBCA Quiz will be run as a team event with general sessions (where everyone will be online together) and break-out sessions (where teams will be able to discuss their answers in private 'virtual rooms'). The topics covered will include Geography, History, General Knowledge, Music and one or two Picture Rounds.

Team members may be, but do not need to be, under the same roof; however, the maximum number of members in any team is four. You can organise your own team or enter individually and ask to be allocated to a team.


Prizes will be awarded to the members of the winning team in the form of coupons for Stonemanor. We are all incredibly sad that Stonemanor has been experiencing so many problems with the new post Brexit export/import rules and would like to encourage as many people as possible to shop with them when they return to business as usual – hopefully in the not-too-distant future (see the BBCA article published on 26 February).

The BBCA Quiz Night is an opportunity for you to spend a fun evening with a team of friends and/or family.

How to enter

If you wish to take part in this Quiz, and we sincerely hope that you do, please inform Nikki Hayes (by email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) mentioning, where applicable:

(1) Your team name, team captain and the names and email addresses of the members of your team (if you have already a ready-formed team), or

(2) Your name and email address (if you are joining as an individual or a group of less than four people) so that you can be allocated to a team.

To participate and receive the Zoom invite for this event, please send the above information and transfer your participation fee of €8 per person to the BBCA account BE38 3631 6982 1172, with the reference 'BBCA Quiz 2021', no later than 19 March 2021.

We look forward to seeing you there!


Bright Expats Breakfast Conference: Enrolling with the local school system

The current context proves once more how relevant schooling and education are in our children's life. As parents, we are more than ever aware of what is at stake.

Would you like to know more about the different educational systems and enrollment procedures in Belgium?

Bright Expats and KBC Brussels will be happy to welcome you at the next Breakfast Conference, with as topic: "Enrolling with the Local School System", and as speaker Eléonore van Rijckevorsel from Bright Expats.

Time Thursday, February 25, 2021 at 9h00 to 10h00
Online Webinar
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