Charity Run

British Ambassador’s running charity campaign has reached its aim

Iain Lindsay, British Ambassador to Hungary has started a running charity campaign and fundraising to support HIA’s programme which is helping children in poverty.  The call was launched in May and in two weeks 25 public figures and celebrities has joined the challenge. Besides running more than the planned 221 kilmoteres of Lake Balaton, participants on their social media platforms encouraged people to donate. More than half million forints has arrived for the good cause and although the running challenge has come to an end, until the end of June anyone can help children who are in an even harder situation now because of the pandemic. 

We are very grateful to Iain Lindsay for leading HIA’s running team again – even virtually – and it is a great happiness to see that his call has raised many people’s attention to donate. 

Thank you for the kilometres to:

Iain Lindsay, British Ambassador to Hungary – 46 km

Kati Wolf, singer – 10 km

Vivien Mádai, TV show presenter – 10 km

Csaba Vastag, singer – 16 km

Fruzsina Görgényi, actress – 10 km

István Koko Kovács, Olympic champion boxer – 11 km

Gergely Kiss, Olympic champion water polo player – 15 km

Kriszta Rátonyi, TV show host and presenter – 13 km

Katalin Novák, Minister of State – 15 km

Levente Harsányi, show presenter – 10 km

Tibor Kocsis, singer – 10 km

Adrienn Nagy, singer – 10 km

Éva Bátyai, actress – 5 km

Gábor Garami, show presenter – 8 km

Zoltán Somogyi, show presenter – 7 km

Ervin Nagy, actor – 5 km

Alexandra Borbély, actress – 7 km

Angéla Eke, actress – 7km

Eszter Kardos, actress – 5 km

Dia Nyári, actress – 12,5 km

Balázs Rigó, Vice Mayor of Tata – 2km

Ádám Bogdán, football goalkeeper – 5 km

Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade – 18,5 km

Judit Varga, Minister of Justice – 10 km


Iain Lindsay, British Ambassador to Hungary lead the charity running team of the Hungarian Interchurch Aid in the last two years at NN Ultrabalaton. Because of the coronavirus the organizers postponed the date of the event to the Autumn of 2020, but unfortunately, Iain Lindsay will leave Budapest by October. Although, Ambassador Lindsay cannot accomplish the race at Lake Balaton, he decided to undertake the charity part

„Cooperation to help each other is even more important now, then it was at the time of our charity last year. Families and many children has to face difficult times because of the economic impacts of the coronavirus. The Hungarian Interchurch Aid has been helping more than 2000 children throughout the country and HIA’s mission is to keep helping when it is needed more than ever.” 

Iain Lindsay, British Ambassador to Hungary

Iain Lindsay in his Hungarian language call has addressed many enthusiastic runners as public figures and celebrities who he met in his years of living in Budapest. The Ambassador has asked them to help to spread the news about his call so many can hear about it before Children’s Day. 

Anyone can easily join the Ambassador’s fundraising:
-    by online donation with a bank card by clicking here
-    by transfer payment (IBAN): HU 32-11705008-20464565-00000000 (SWIFT:  OTPV HU HB)
Subject: Charity Run

The incoming donation goes to the more than 2000 underpriviliged children, in the frame of HIA’s „Kapaszkodó” programme.

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