Currently President Obama is visiting Greece in Athens. Here is his dinner speech.
Leonard Cohen, who just passed way at the age of 82, great singer and poet spend 10 years in Hydra island of Greece. According to greekreporter.com …”A restless spirit, Cohen started as a writer and travelled a lot. In September 1960, he purchased a house on Hydra island, where he found his muse and the sunny solitude he needed to write. In fact he wrote his The Favourite Game (1963) and Beautiful Losers (1966) while living on the island. It was there that he met Marianne Jensen, his partner for most of the 1960s and the inspiration behind debut album cut, “So Long, Marianne”. ” … see more here
Our help is on its way to Portland’s Sister City — Mytilene, Lesvos, Greece!
The container full of humanitarian medical supplies and equipment was placed aboard a ship in New York on Saturday Oct. 22 and is now on its way to the port of Piraeus in Greece. It is projected to arrive on November 19. It will then be placed on a truck bed, driven onto a large ferry boat, and taken to the island of Lesvos and then to the Mytilene General Hospital.
Approximately 10 volunteers joined staff members of Partners for World Health and loaded the container by hand – box by box – on Friday Oct. 14. It took five hours to fill the 40-foot container with nearly 900 items – the most that has ever been sent in one load, according to staff. In addition to tons of supplies of all kinds, included were four hospital beds, examining tables, chairs, walkers, and IV poles, plus equipment like defibrillators, etc.
This extraordinary project of the Hellenic Society of Maine was made possible by our more than 90 individual donors and businesses, by a group donation from the parishioners of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church of Portland, and by one person in particular, Jeffery Choney — all who gave the more than $21,000 needed to make this happen.
A special thanks to the members of the band, Skordalia, which performed the kick-off benefit concert; and to the USM School of Music for the venue. Invaluable assistance with customs issues was provided by Consul General of Greece in Boston, Mrs. Iphigenia Kanara. Shipping is being handled by Mike’s Shipping in Revere, Mass.
Once all expenses for this project are settled, any remaining money will be used to send smaller boxes of supplies to the hospital.
Thank you, thank you all!
Hellenic Society of Maine
A container full of recovered medical supplies and equipment was loaded this past Friday Oct. 13 by a crew of volunteers at the Partners for World Health warehouse on Canco Road, Portland. The 40-foot container left by truck for a shipping depot in Massachusetts, then will go on to New York where it will be loaded on a ship bound for Piraeus, Greece.
This is the next phase in the HSoM project — Lesvos Hospital Aid — to support the Mytilene General Hospital in Mytilene, Lesvos, Greece – Portland’s Greek Sister City. The hospital is the primary health provider for all of the Greek residents of the island, and for the more than 6,000 refugees and migrants who are stuck in camps on the island waiting for their requests for asylum to be processed. These people are part of the more than 600,000 who have passed through this one island into Europe.
Our recent fundraising campaign topped its goal of $20,000 which was needed to obtain and ship the supplies. Thanks again to all of those who donated and made this possible.
Irwin Novak, PhD
Mrs. Ifigenia Kanara, Consul General of Greece in Boston, will be coming to the University of Southern Maine in Portland, 133 Wishcamper Hall at 5 p.m.,
Tuesday, October 18, 2016. A reception will follow. Mrs. Kanara will speak about the more than 1 million people, migrants and refugees, that crossed the Mediterranean Sea in 2015, fleeing war and per- secution in Syria and elsewhere. An unprecedented humanitarian crisis was sparked in Europe as transit countries were struggling to cope with the influx.
Greece found itself in the epicentre of this crisis. More than 60,000 people remain stranded across the Greece which in the midst of a severe economic crisis is trying hard to provide for those in need. The crisis has put to the test not only the European Union’s ca-
pacity to respond in a united and coordinated way, but also the western world’s readiness to address the problem collectively and in a way compatible to our common values.
The Hellenic Society of Maine presents:
LESVOS HOSPITAL AID BENEFIT CONCERT
Sunday, August 21, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
TRADITIONAL MUSIC OF MYTILENE AND ASIA MINOR
by Dean Lampros and “Skordalia” of Boston
Location: Corthell Concert Hall, USM Gorham Campus
Help HSoM and PARTNERS FOR WORLD HEALTH ship a container of medical supplies and equipment to the Mytilene Hospital in Portland’s Sister City. Lesvos handled more than 1⁄2 million refugees this past year. That situation, and the ongoing economic crisis in all of Greece, has created shortages in health care.
To purchase tickets in advance call: Chris Ziagos at 775-3607 or Irwin Novak at 892-9831 If you cannot attend please donate.
Send, and make checks payable to, Hellenic Society of Maine, P.O. Box 598, Scarborough, ME 04070 or go to http://www.hellenicsocietyofmaine.org we JUST added an active “Donate” button.
The island of Lesvos in the northern Aegean Sea has become the gateway for the wave of migrants and refugees that are flooding into Europe through Greece. As of last count, more than half of the nearly one million people who have come through Greece in 2015 first landed on Lesvos. Portland, Maine and Mytilene, Lesvos are Sister Cities.
In a talk at 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, Prof. Irwin Novak and Mary Snell will recount their experience on Lesvos this past October when they witnessed this historic migration first hand – a crisis which has shaken the entire European continent. The talk takes place in Room 133 Wishcamper Center, USM Portland campus. Sponsored by the Hellenic Society of Maine, it is free and open to the public. FMI – 892-9831
In their PowerPoint presentation Novak and Snell – who have spent the past 25 summers on Lesvos — will show videos of raft landings, will discuss the thorny issues of border controls, and introduce their audience to some of the people of the island (symbolically nominated this year for the Nobel Peace Prize) who have been helping with this crisis even though their lives have been turned upside down.
Contact: Mary Snell – 892-9831