ATHENS, GREECE

Art lottery and cocktail reception to fundraise for health and education programmes in Greece

Trafigura office in Athens, together with three of the most prominent Greek maritime companies Chartworld Shipping Corporation, Dynagas LTD and Oceangold Tankers, organized a charity cocktail reception on 18th April 2019, at the Blender Gallery, Athens, to fundraise in support of two major Greek charities: Elpida Youth and Together for Children.

Thanks to the generous donation of artwork from Greek artists, an art lottery event was organised during the event. Sponsors were invited to buy raffle tickets and have the opportunity to win the artworks that were exhibited at the cocktail reception.

The result of the art lottery was exceptional: Eur 440,000 Euros was collected, also including an important contribution of EUR 180,000 from the Trafigura Foundation. The funds will be equally divided and donated to the two charities to support critical action in the fields of health and education.

Elpida Youth will achieve the renovation of its Guest House that offers a welcoming accommodation and supportive environment to Greek families whose children are undergoing medical treatment at the “Mariana V. Vardinoyannis-Elpida” Children’s Oncological Unit.

Together for Children will purchase medical equipment for newborns at public hospitals in Northen Greece and will initiate a psychological program in support of children and families living in underprivileged areas of the country. Furthermore, the funding will also help to provide essential material to 28 schools in the remote region of Evros.

Faye Frangedis, Director at the Trafigura Maritime Ventures, said: “Charity work is part of our Company’s core values and we actively organize and participate with personal work in various initiatives with great pleasure. As individuals, we feel very proud that we can offer something to communities in need and we strongly believe that each one of us can make a [smaller or bigger] difference.

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Supermarket action for a better Christmas

For many of us, the typical Christmas time is made of family, friends, presents, and a jolly table covered with the most mouthwatering food. But for many others, the picture is quite different and the table quite empty.

The high rates of poverty affecting many families in Greece have spurred the Athens Charity Committee into action. In collaboration with the charity Together for Children, a team of Trafigura volunteers went to local supermarkets and kindly invited people to buy imperishable food for the most in need.

The operation was a real success: the team managed to collect 1.122 kg of packed food, equivalent to approximately 6,500 meals. Thanks to this simple but smart action and the valuable collaboration of Together for Children, which will distribute the collected food to underprivileged families in Greece, many people will be celebrating a merrier Christmas this year.

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Trafigura team volunteering to collect food for the organisation Together for Children

Wildfires in Greece and post-disaster relief with Together for Children

On July 2018 wildfires devastated the seaside village of Mati, close to Athens, provoking several victims and burning the belongings of many families. The Athens Charity Committee immediately activated a solidarity response by collecting goods and clothes for the families hit by the disaster. The Trafigura Foundation also contributed to post-disaster relief operations in the area by donating EUR 30,000 to the organisation Together for Children that will help the neediest families relocate to a safe residency, buy food and purchase new household equipment.

Together for Children

The 2018 Charity of the Year elected by the Athens office is Mazi gia to Paidi (Together for Children). Founded in Greece in 1996, "Together for Children" is an association that offers every form of assistance to children and young people, particularly to those facing poverty, social exclusion, domestic violence, and mental or physical disabilities.

In April 2018, 31 Trafigura employees fundraised for their favourite charity by participating in the No Finish Line, a charity race that lasts 90 hours. The distance that all the participants covered by running or walking has been converted to euros (EUR 0.5 per kilometre). The total amount raised during the race was EUR 48,000 – an incredible amount that will help Together for Children improve the life of many kids.

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Trafigura runners for the No Finish Line race, Athens, April 2018

A LONG-STANDING AND SUCCESSFUL COLLABORATION WITH SOS CHILDREN’S VILLAGES GREECE

For several years, the Athens Charity Committee has been committed to support the charity SOS Children's Villages in Greece, a global organisation that recreates homes for children who are homeless or have been abandoned. In 2017, the Athens team supported a fundraising campaign to re-furnish 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! 

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VIDEO of the new Babies’ Home in Penteli

 

 

The SOS Children’s Villages has been the Charity Committee’s Charity of the Year until 2017. During the last year of their partnership, the local office organised fundraising initiatives to buy dental units for the SOS kids. Thanks to the amazing efforts of the local Committee, they raised around EUR 60,000, which were doubled by the Foundation.

The exemplary initiatives organised by our 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 out to more beneficiaries. 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. On other occasions, the kids were invited to spend a cultural day with the Greek staff and their families at the theatre.  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 collected a stunning amount of EUR 42,500, which was doubled by the Foundation. The successful outcome of the initiative allowed the local staff to fund a project in support of Greek families hit by the crisis. 

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The Athens Charity Committee. From left to right: Fotis Karagiannopoulos, Renia Agathou, Artemis Ntre, Faye Frangelis, Eleni Katseli, Evagellos Polemis.