The energy commodities trader and convenience store network Virši and SOS Children’s Villages association have started long-term cooperation with the aim to raise public awareness about the need for and possibilities of donating. In 2023, Virši donated EUR 20 000 to provide daily transport for SOS Children’s Villages association. To draw people’s attention to the importance of support, the Company is organising an information campaign throughout the year, inviting everyone to participate by leaving their donation in the donation boxes at Virši stations or by subscribing to the monthly donation on the charity’s website www.sosbernuciemati.lv.
“We are happy that this year we have started a friendship with Virši, which supports the families in the care of SOS Children’s Villages financially and invites its customers to be involved. Being helpful, empathetic and kind are the values we teach every day to the children growing up in the care of SOS families. We are delighted that companies with similar values are helping us to care for children who have had less successful early years. It is easy to keep doing good when such powerful friends help!” says Ilze Paleja, Director of the SOS Children’s Villages Association.
In addition to financial support, Virši will also be involved in a number of other activities, as well as organise a broad information campaign to draw public attention to the importance of support in helping to create safe and favourable conditions for children's development.
“We want to support families in need so that through SOS Children’s Villages every child has an equal opportunity to experience a family-like and supportive environment, which is one of the most important developmental stages for each of us. We invite everyone to get involved and support our initiative so that the challenges of this time do not stop SOS Children’s Villages from continuing to do what has been started – to help children without biological parents to receive love, be safe, socialise and learn,” says Jānis Vība, Chairman of the Board at Virši.
Doing good together is even better, so everyone is invited to participate and find the best way to help SOS Children’s Villages. Donations are voluntary and you can find out more about the support opportunities at https://www.virsi.lv/en/private/sos-childrens-villages. Let's support the children of SOS Villages together!
About SOS Children’s Villages:
The Latvian SOS Children’s Villages Association is a non-governmental charity organisation that provides long-term family care for children left without parental care and maintains family support centres and out-of-family care support centres “Airi vecākiem” in several Latvian municipalities. 120 children and young people from all over Latvia have found support, safety and a new home in the foster families of six SOS Children’s Villages (Īslīce and Valmiera), two integrated SOS families and the SOS Youth Home in Jelgava and Valmiera. In total, more than 1200 children receive help in all support programmes implemented by SOS Children’s Villages during the year.
Virši is a rapidly growing energy commodities trader and convenience store network with 28 years of experience. Currently there are 74 locations in the Virši network, of which 72 are service stations, and these employ over 760 employees across all of Latvia. Since 11 November 2021, the shares of AS Virši-A have been admitted to trading on the Nasdaq Riga Alternative Market First North.