How best to celebrate centenary of a country? Our volunteers insist – with charity drinks

Networking + drinks reception + charity auction marking Latvia’s centenary.

Event is organized by a UK registered charity (Reg No 1161932) www.givingforlatvia.com with support of Embassy of Latvia in the UK / Latvijas vēstniecība Lielbritānijā.

Established in 2009 by a group of young Latvian professionals working in London, the aim of Giving for Latvia is to provide aid to children and parents who have suffered from emotional and physical abuse, and to those disadvantaged by age, disability, financial problems and other hardships. 
Most of our focus in the past years has been on supporting children from children’s and women’s crisis centres in Latvia. Every year around 1,200 children find short term refuge in the 7 regional crisis centres run by Latvijas bernu fonds alone. These children have suffered emotional, physical or sexual violence in their own families. Giving for Latvia supports these crisis centres with equipment – starting with ball pits, board games, sport’s equipment and ending with cameras to help police work and interview dolls for sexual violence cases.

As the annual donation amounts have increased, we have also been able to extend support to charities for special needs kids and smaller charities in rural areas of Latvia that work with disadvantaged kids.

All activities are arranged by unpaid volunteers and patrons. 100% of any donations are directed to the beneficiaries.

Tickets for this event are £35pp, of which £15 will cover the costs and £20 is a donation that Giving for Latvia will use towards grants for projects developed by children’s charities in Latvia. Tickets are available via Eventbrite.

Mark Giving for Latvia as your charity of choice on smile.amazon.co.uk, and every time you shop, start via smile.amazon.co.uk, and we will receive a donation from Amazon for your purchase. It won’t cost you a penny – it’s that easy to donate.

Follow the link to finalise: https://smile.amazon.co.uk/ch/1161932-0

Facebook has verified our charity status and you can now donate your birthday to @GivingforLatvia

Asking your friends to celebrate your birthday by donating to charity instead of giving you physical present is easy:
1) on your own Facebook user dropdown menu you will find Fundraisers button
2) select to fundraise for a charity
3) find us by keyword Latvia

The map of locations where volunteer fundraisers have run marathon to raise awareness and donations for Giving for Latvia has been expanding. Riga was added to our marathon map, thanks to founder of Running1000Plus Will from France and his spontaneous half-marathon arranged in Latvia on 1 June 2018.

Will has set up a personal challenge to run 60 half-marathons in 120 days across 60 European capitals of culture. His run #46/60 was in Riga and he informed us literally in the very morning of the run, that he would like to raise money for Giving for Latvia.

After couple of hours time a newly formed Riga Plus team enjoyed a wonderful run, starting their route from Milda – The Monument of Freedom in the heart of Riga, Latvia. And some of the runners enjoyed their personal surprise achievements (co-founder of our charity Kristaps Roze being particularly proud of his very first quarter-marathon run).

We appreciate the generosity of donors, who in support of Will and his Riga Plus team donated €160 in one single afternoon. 

Any small amount will go a long way to help disadvantaged children in Latvia. If you want to join in and support children’s crisis centres in Latvia, donations will be gratefully received via: https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraise…/running1000plus-riga1june

More pictures of the fantastic spontaneous event in Riga: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=423842014710478&id=332075570553790

Thanks Will and Running1000Plus for letting us be part of your amazing adventure! 

With world class sports personalities supporting our charity auction – Jeļena Ostapenko signed tennis ball and ice hockey stick of the Captain of the Latvian Ice Hockey Team Roberts Bukarts (auctioned in the heat of World Ice Hockey Championship) with autographs of the team featured – fundraising is absolute pleasure. 

Thanks to all the donors for your continuous generosity. Grant competition for children’s charities in Latvia to be announced later in the summer of 2018.

And thanks to those of you who have come forward to volunteer and expand charitable activities in Latvia. We are honoured that it will be done under flag of Giving for Latvia. 

Thanks so much Hands on London for donating 1,000 surplus children’s coats! We appreciate support of Diamond Transport Solutions and Daugavas Vanagu Fonds Lielbritānijā with transportation of the donation to Latvia. We are grateful to Latvijas bernu fonds for coordinating distribution within Latvia. And thanks to all the volunteers who have helped with this project! So many young hearts warmed this Christmas!

The map shows the beneficiaries in Latvia:
– 9 children crisis centres received 525 children’s coats (Allažu atbalsta centrs, Zantes krīžu centrs, “Rasas pērles” Balvos, Dobeles centrs, “Laipas” Ogrē, “Dzeguzīte” Koknesē, “Mūsmājas” Krāslavā, Samarieši “Māras centrs”, “Valdardze” Valmierā)
– 5 special needs children’s centres received 350 children’s coats (“Apeirons”, “Cimdiņš” Ventspilī, “Oranžais stars” Jelgavā, Latvijas Spina bifida biedrība, “Māriņa” Aucē)
SOS Children’s Villages in Latvia, Valmiera branch received 75 coats
– Latvian Children’s Fund will distribute further 50 children’s coats among larger families from rural areas.

Thanks to all the guests and donors for making fundraising such fun!

We now know the price for Latvian Ice Hockey jersey with signatures of 24 of the players. We have established how much the double of the gift that the Embassy of Latvia in UK presented to HM the Queen for Christmas – Mottra caviar – can fetch. We have also discovered that Ambassador Baiba Braze has a serious talent for managing charity auctions – adding staggering 3 zeros to the prices of the charity auction prizes.  

Thanks everyone for your generosity. Giving for Latvia volunteers now have big job ahead of them – organising grant competition and distribution of all the proceeds to the crisis centres and NGOs that work with vulnerable children.

Any further donations always welcome: https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/givingforlatvia

 

Tough Mudder is a challenge for particularly tough cookies and Iveta Parravani is certainly one inspirational and resilient Latvian. Iveta was diagnosed with severe post-natal depression & post-traumatic stress disorder after the birth of her first child. Having fought her illness she recently set up a charity Debessmanna in Latvia to help new mums & dads suffering from post-natal depression, encouraging them to seek help, to let them realise they are not alone. It started as a modest online forum and has grown to a leading organisation in Latvia in its field.

Iveta is fundraising by running Tough Mudder to give broader audience across Latvia access to post-natal depression seminars and support groups. To donate visit https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/debesmudder

PS. Guess we will spare our usual white Giving for Latvia fundraiser T-shirt this time.

What made the London Marathon of 2016 special? His excellency Ambassador of Latvia Andris Teikmanis was fundraising for GfL by running there!

£2,300 have been raised, thanks to 45 donors from UK, Switzerland, Canada and USA.

Your last year’s donations helped to support 20 children’s crisis centres and NGOs in Latvia. Their thank you notes are meant for all of you, our wonderful supporters.

A typical donor does not await a “thank you” for his donation, but Giving for Latvia fundraisers have been sending very personal greetings to their supporters via most amazing postcards from across the world:
– Faroe Islands postcard from Alex and Pavel Prokofjevs (£3,086 raised during Torshavn Half-Marathon in June 2016, with a third of donations earmarked for a fund improving infrastructure for prematurely born babies in major Latvian cities).
– postcard with a kid’s drawing of London Marathon from Andris Teikmanis, ex-Ambassador of Latvia in UK, recently appointed as Ambassador or Latvia in USA (£2,298 raised during London Marathon in April 2016) sent to donors from 4 countries.
– Polar Circle postcard from Alex Prokofjevs (£3,397 raised during Midnight Sun Half-Marathon, Tromso, Norway in June 2015) sent to donors from 13 countries.

Donors who have supported all of the Giving for Latvia fundraisers should expect their special collection of these thank you postcards to grow as couple of other to-be-fundraisers have noted their intention to raise money via Giving for Latvia during 2016.

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