The Annual Charity Ball and distance bidding auction organized by “Giving for Latvia” in London on 9th of May has raised an aggregate of £3,700 towards children’s and young mother’s crisis centres in Latvia.

The event attended by the Ambassador of Latvia in UK Mr. Andris Teikmanis and Latvian celebrity chef Martins Ritins aimed to “embrace and celebrate all the best from Latvia”. The ball featured young musicians accordion virtuoso Ksenija Sidorova and vocalist Tina Gelnere. Auction items included artworks by Vineta Kaulaca and Andrejs Ritins, who was also the Master of Ceromonies and quiz master for the evening.

The jewel of the charity auction was a unique wooden rocking horse, gifted by the Embassy of Latvia. Traditional wooden rocking horses, manufactured in Latvia since 1956, are among the most marketable toys in Latvia and have entertained children in Latvia through many generations. In 2013 the Latvian ambassador had the honour to present such a toy to the British Royal family – Prince William and Catherine Middleton – on the occasion of the birth of their son Prince George. The Embassy gifted the exact double of the horse to our “Giving for Latvia” charity auction, together with the ambassador’s letter on its origins. The two leading bidders rather than desiring the item for themselves, sealed a deal, each of them matching each other’s bids on the condition that the special rocking horse be gifted to a crisis centre in Latvia for children to play with. (Photo: Ambassador of Latvia in UK Mr. Andris Teikmanis (far right) and winning bidders, including celebrity chef Martins Ritins (second from left))

“Giving for Latvia” says a warm thanks to all the donors and supporters of the charity event: The Embassy of Latvia in UK and His Excellency Mr. Andris Teikmanis – restaurant “Vincents” and Martins Ritins – accordionist Ksenija Sidorova – vocalist Tina Gelnere – artist Vineta Kaulaca – artist and master of ceremony ceremonies at the ball Andrejs Ritins – barista Ingemars Dzenis – fitness club “Vingro sev” and Ieva Kundzina – Latvian Welfare Fund (LWF) London branch – LWF London B&BThe Grange Hotel – bands “Brainstorm” and “Instrumenti” – confectioner “TasteCaps”jewelry craftswomen from “ameli.lv”beauty clinique “4.dimensija” – light and sound specialists Baumanevents.co.uk – news portal AngloBalticNewsnews portal latviesiem.co.ukFacebook group for Latvians in London “LaLonda”.

 

A quick update on our recent focus of registering Giving for Latvia as an official U.K. charity.

Tasks completed:

– small charity constitution passed

– community account opened

– HMRC reference (EW07948) received.
Our new official status as charity allows us and our donors to benefit from GiftAid scheme, i.e. for every £1 that a donor donates, our charity will receive a tax rebate from the HM Revenue & Customs

online donation facilities set up via CharitiesTrust and Charities Aid Foundation
They will unfortunately not update us with the details of donors, so we cannot thank every individual donor, but we and the crisis centres are of course very grateful for the donations

registration with mydonate fundraising site 

Latvian Embassy to the U.K. has been great supporter of Giving for Latvia since the very inception of our organization.

When at the end of April 2013 H.E. Ambassador of the Republic of Latvia Mr Eduards Stiprais hosted his farewell reception in London, the least we could do was to thank the Ambassador in person. And there could be no better way to show our gratitude, than by presenting a drawing by one of the children from the establishments supported by Giving for Latvia. Ambassador truly appreciated the present.


(in the photo one of the founders of Giving for Latvia, Maija Plaude-Lasmane, presents children’s drawing to now ex-Ambassador Mr Eduards Stiprais at his farewell reception in London)

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