Latvian FM Braže runs half marathon to raise funds for Ukrainian drones

Latvian Foreign Minister Baiba Braže at the Riga Marathon
Latvian Foreign Minister Baiba Braže at the Riga Marathon

The Latvian Foreign Minister, Baiba Braže, ran in the Riga Marathon's 21-kilometer half marathon on May 19 to help raise funds for drones for Ukraine, she reported on X.

Braže announced on May 18 that she had signed up for the half marathon and would run under the number 814, representing the number of days Ukraine has been defending itself in the war. Later, she said the marathon raised nearly 10,000 euros ($10,875) for drones for the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

"The half marathon was hard, but I’m happy to be among the 34,000 participants and finishers. I did it! Thanks to the organizers and training team," she wrote.

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The drone fundraising on the Ziedot platform is organized in cooperation with the Embassy of Ukraine in Latvia.

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Estonian MP Kristo Enn Vaga, who decided to cover a distance of 1,700 kilometers by bicycle to raise money for the needs of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, arrived in Kyiv on May 3. Vaga announced the start of her trip on April 20.

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