Greeting for a good cause

Dec 04, 2014

For the eleventh year in a row, Nordea and children from the "Lejasstrazdi" Family Support Center have been brushing up their creative skills and using them to make special holiday greetings. This year with the help of actor Kaspars Breidaks and confectioner Anna Bīrmane, a special holiday countdown calendar was created:

"For me, everything is founded on relationships, and, throughout the last twelve years, our cooperation with the "Lejasstrazdi" Family Support Center has formed and strengthened relationships and friendships that every year bring joy and satisfaction to both Nordea employees and "Lejasstrazdi" members. This friendship is based on the heartfelt desire of the Bank's employees to participate in the community and provide selfless support. I am especially glad that, in parallel to the annual donations by the Bank, approximately one fifth of our employees now participate in and initiate support activities by investing their time and effort in our cooperation partners", says Jānis Buks, Head of Banking for Nordea Latvia.

Nordea started its cooperation with the "Lejasstrazdi" Family Support Center in 2004, and for eleven years in a row, a special holiday gift has been created every year for the Bank's customers, cooperation partners and friends, as well as the "Lejasstrazdi" children. Artists and heads of creative workshops teach the children new skills and help them to discover various new talents. In previous years, repairs were done at the "Lejasstrazdi" orphanage with the help of TV stars Anna Rozīte and Kaspars Zlidnis, a song was composed together with musician Goran Gora, a cartoon was created with artist and animator Dace Liepa and tasty festive meals were cooked together with chef Lauris Aleksejevs. Also, the song "You are one of us" (Tu esi viens no mums) was sung together with Mārtiņš Freimanis, a photo calendar was created with the help of photographer Valts Kleins, bookmarks were made together with painter Kaspars Zariņš and a special holiday calendar, "", was created with help from the "" portal.

The "Lejasstrazdi" Family Support Center in the Dobele Parish is home to children aged 2-18 years old, who are not under the care of parents.

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