Kazakhstanis took part in the charity Vyshyvanka Run (vyshyvankas are Ukrainian embroidered shirts). This is an international initiative that the “Angels of Freedom” charity foundation has supported for the second year in a row.
The run took place online. Wearing Ukrainian vyshyvankas or T-shirts with a print of Ukrainian embroidery, the participants covered one of three proposed distances: one, three or five kilometres. Two participants, from Almaty and Pavlodar, ran more than 17 kilometres.
To participate, you had to register on the website vyshyvankarun.kz
. The minimum donation was five thousand tenge. This year the foundation managed to collect 890 thousand KZT. This is more than three times the amount raised last year.
A total of 88 people were registered: from Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Belgium, Poland and the UK. Amateur and professional runners from 12 cities of Kazakhstan joined the race: Aktobe, Almaty, Astana, Atyrau, Karaganda, Kokshetau, Kostanay, Pavlodar, Uralsk, Shchuchinsk, Ekibastuz, Ust-Kamenogorsk.
Two employees of the Latvian Embassy in Astana also took part in the sports event. Some participants ran as whole families: in Atyrau, for example, a sports event was supported by a family with two children: an 11-year-old girl and a seven-year-old boy. One of the Kazakh participants even ran with a baby stroller.
A famous athlete, Olympic medalist, Nina Petrovna Lemesh, also took part in the Race.
Winners of the 1 km distance:
1. Iuliia from Astana — 6 min 13 s
2. Давид and Анушаван from Atyrau (ran together) — 6 min 15 s
3. Gilles van Doorne from Belgium, Brussels — 6 min 23 s
Winners of the 3 km distance:
1. Алексей from Astana — 15 min 11 s
2. Zulfiya Temirgaliyeva from Belgium, Brussels — 16 min 46 s
3. Daniz Shikhov from Almaty — 17 min 26 s
Winners of the 5 km distance:
1. Александр from Almaty — 21 min 39 s
2. Максим from Aktobe — 24 min 7 s
3. Adil Syzdykov from Pavlodar — 27 min 51 s
The money raised from the run was used to equip a shelter at school No. 12 in Chernihiv. The school premises where children study during air raids lacked 200 folding chairs. The money donated by the participants of the sporting event was enough for 77 chairs. The remaining amount came from donations from past fairs.