'High five!' charity drive now open for donations

From Thursday, December 1, the charity marathon ‘High Five!’ website www.dodpieci.lv is now open to collect donations to help Ukrainian children who have become refugees in Latvia.

Anyone can make a donation, starting from a minimum EUR 5, for hearing their favourite song played on youth radio station Latvijas Radio 5 – Pieci.lv.

Donations can also be made in exchange for an entrance ticket to a ‘High Five!’ charity concert to be held in Rēzekne on December 17.

With the start of the donation drive, this year's ‘High Five!’ official anthem has also been released. It is a song named ‘Unconquered’ written and performed in Ukrainian by Ukrainian singer Ivan Dorn about fellow Ukrainians who are forced to flee and yearn for the beauty of Ukraine.

"Last year we conducted the poetry contest dedicated to the Independence Day of Ukraine. The task was to answer the question of what Ukraine means to people. From more than 300 applications, I felt and chose the words written by Alina Tsybenko, and now you can hear them transformed into the anthem of 'High Five!'," said singer Ivan Dorn.

The recording of the song ‘Unconquered’ also featured a string quartet, guitarist and the voices of the Riga Gospel Choir singers. You can listen to the song and watch a video on YouTube.

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On the evening of December at the Embassy of Latgale ‘GORS’, for the first time in the history of the charity marathon, a special charity concert will also take place with the participation of the group Carnival Youth, rapper ansis, Tautumeitas, Latgalīšu reps, Citi Zēni, and Shakima Trio, which brings together Ukrainian and Latvian musicians.

"We decided to hold a ‘High Five!’ charity marathon concert in Rēzekne to promote public involvement in support of Ukrainian refugee children in the regions of Latvia, including the Russian border regions. I am glad that several outstanding Latvian musicians responded to this call, and this year we will have another way to replenish the donation wallet," said charity marathon stalwart Toms Grēviņš.

The charity concert is available to visitors for a donation of at least EUR 5 on the dodpieci.lv homepage by activating an additional function – donation for concert attendance (similar to donation for hearing a song). The number of tickets available is limited. The ‘High Five!’ charity concert will be broadcast live on LTV1, as well as on Latvijas Radio 5 – Pieci.lv and Latvijas Radio 1, on the public media portal LSM.lv, and on Pieci.lv Facebook and YouTube channels.

How to donate:

From December 1 to 22, donations can be made on the website www.dodpieci.lv.

From December 1 to 31, donations can also be made at all Circle K petrol stations, where both cash and non-cash donations will be accepted. This year, Circle K has promised to double the donations received at their petrol stations.

From December 16 to 22, cash and non-cash donations can also be made at the charity marathon glass studio in Rīga's Old Town (Dome Square, by the cathedral).

Until January 6 2023, donations can be made by selecting the project ‘High Five!’ on the website of the charity organisation Ziedot.lv.

All donated funds will go 100% to the Emergency Relief Fund through the project partner, the charity Ziedot.lv, to provide direct assistance for the basic needs of Ukrainian refugee children in Latvia.

As previously reported, the public media charity marathon ‘High Five!’ will take place from December 16 to 22 over 158 hours of broadcasting from a special glass studio.

There are currently more than 35,000 Ukrainian refugees in Latvia. According to estimates by the Ministry of the Interior, around 31% of all Ukrainian refugees in Latvia are children.

‘High Five!’ is organised by Latvian Radio, Latvian Television and Latvian Public Media (LSM).

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