President Rinkēvičs: helping youth is a shared job

Latvian President Edgars Rinkēvičs, visited the glass studio at the end of the public media charity drive 'High Five!' on Thursday night. The President called on the public to continue, after the charity marathon ends, to be interested and see alongside young people in need.

“I think we really, somehow living our lives, running in this wheel of work and not just work, often don't notice what's going on around us. One thing, of course, is marathons like this, it's one thing to talk about it very intensely for a very short time, but that big question is how, after all this is over, we try to remember every day that our fellow people, that these teenagers are not going anywhere.

“Every day we should also think about whether there is anyone in the classroom or in the house next door who you should just ask how they're doing,” Rinkēvičs said.

He said that on the part of the state, all possible efforts have not yet been made to help these young people, but at the same time he emphasized that the state, state institutions or local government institutions alone will not be able to do everything necessary in this regard.

“One is the path of the state, I too will continue to raise the topic with the officials in charge, and the other path is every person who sees something and can help -- it's as valuable as the institution. This is our joint work,“ Rinkēvičs said.

As reported, the charity marathon High Five! ran December 15 to 21 and raised over 450,000 euros for youth at risk in Latvia.

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