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Dana Reizniece-Ozola 14 : London 1
3 hours of steam, sighs and laughter resulted in beautiful £435 raised during the 1st charity simultaneous chess exhibition with Grandmaster at the London Latvian House.
We are consulting with the Latvian Welfare Fund, London branch on the use of the donations and will keep you posted.
Thanks Andrejs Ritins for organizing.
Grateful to Dana Reizniece-Ozola for her Friday evening.
Greetings to the 15 contestants and handful of spectators.
Appreciate support of Chess in Schools and Communities
Thanks Ilze Kalve for reporting on Latvian TV.
How best to celebrate centenary of a country? Our volunteers insisted – with charity drinks.
Networking + drinks reception + a bit of charity was a fantastic way to mark Latvia’s centenary.
Over £3,500 were raised for 5 charity pledges in celebration of the Centenary of Latvia.
Thanks Katrina Aleksa for hosting the event and thanks Embassy of Latvia in the UK for the support.
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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
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/
PS. Guess we will spare our usual white Giving for Latvia fundraiser T-shirt this time.