For several years, the Athens Charity Committee has been committed to support the charity SOS Children Villages in Greece, a global organisation that recreates homes for children who are homeless or have been abandoned. Last year, the Athens team supported a fundraising campaign to help re-furnishing the ‘Babies Home’ in Penteli. As you can see in the video below, babies are already there and the initiative, which will be operationally supported for the next 2 years by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, has been a great success!
VIDEO of the new Babies’ Home in Penteli
The SOS Children’s Villages will continue to be the focus of the local Charity Committee, which was engaged in another smart and valuable project: fundraising to buy dental units for the kids. The amazing efforts of the local committee the last year for the above two projects has allowed to collect around 60,000 Euro, which are doubled by the Foundation.
For the Athens’ Committee, however, being involved in charitable activities is not just a matter of fundraising. Most of all, it means dedicating time and using all the possible creative solutions to engage with the children of the Village in annual events. Just to mention few of the interesting initiatives organised by the Greek colleagues, a “Santa Claus” from the local Trafigura office went to visit the SOS’s Village over Christmas. In other occasions, the kids were invited to spend a cultural day in theatre with the Greek staff and their families. In 2015, thanks to a collaboration with the Onassis Cultural Centre, professional choreographers went to the Village and kids were trained to perform a dancing show. Thanks to a fundraising campaign in view of the event and to the generosity of the shipping community, the Athens Committee was able to collect a stunning amount of 42,500 Euro, which was doubled by the Foundation. The successful outcome of the initiative allowed the local staff to fund a project helping Greek families hit by the crisis.
In the past years, the Athens’ office was engaged in the reconstruction and full refurbishment of Eliza Home for abused infants and toddlers (2014), an operation in which were invested 34,500 euro of donations. In 2013, the Greek staff’ efforts were directed to refurbish the kids area in the Athens’ Hospital, in order to enable the placement of a magnetic resonance imaging scan. This project was realised in collaboration with the NGO FLOGA and finalised thanks to the 27,000 collected by the local staff. In both cases, the fundraised amounts were matched by the Foundation.
The exemplary initiatives organised by the Greek colleagues demonstrate how creativity and the capacity to use a wide network of connections and collaborations help to invent inspiring staff-engagement activities, enlarge the list of potential donors and reach more beneficiaries.