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Lesvos Hospital Aid — A Fundraising Campaign to Send Humanitarian Aid to our Sister City – Mytilene, Lesvos
The Hellenic Society of Maine undertook the largest project in its history – the sending of a container of medical supplies and equipment as humanitarian aid for the hospital of Mytilene, Lesvos, Greece – Portland’s Sister City. We have just met our goal of $20,000.
Thank you to all who contributed !
The container will be packed mid-October. Then it will be trucked to New York City where it will be loaded on a ship for Piraeus in late October. It will take approximately one month for shipping and handling to Mytilene.
HSoM is working with Partners for World Health, a non-profit organization based in South Portland, founded by Elizabeth McLellan, that obtains the medical supplies and equipment. We are also working with the Carpos Foundation, an organization affiliated with the Greek Orthodox Church, to assist with shipping logistics.
HSoM is responsible for all expenses. Any money received above the goal will be used to purchase additional supplies for the hospital, so there is still an opportunity to contribute to this humanitarian effort.
Last Sunday’s the concert, our first event on this fundraising project, was well attended. From the Portland Mayor Ethan Strimling, City Councilor Nick Mavodones, to the founder of Partners for World Health, Elizabeth McLellan, and so many other Mainers at the USM School of Music, Gorham Maine. The Boston group Skordalia entertained the crowd with traditional music from the island of Lesvos.
The Hellenic Society of Maine (HSoM) has undertaken the project and is working with Partners for World Health, a non-profit organization based in South Portland, to obtain the medical supplies. HSoM will be responsible for all fees and expenses. Our goal is to raise $20,000 that will cover the expenses for the sending medical supplies to Lesvos.
With the proceeds of the concert and so many generous donations we raised approximately $13,000 of our goal. We still need your help. Please share our news from our website and our Facebook page with your friends and ask them to help as well. Keep sending your donations, Thank you.
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 Greeks airs on PBS stations nationwide: 9:00pm et/8:00 ct (check local listings).
Cavemen to Kings, is the first episode of this incredible 3-part series and companion to The Greeks exhibit at National Geographic Museum in DC now until early October.
Check local listings and pbs.org for details: http://www.pbs.org/program/greeks/
Episode 2: The Good Strife, will air Tuesday, June 28th at 9:00pm ET
Episode 3: Chasing Greatness, will air Tuesday, July 5th at 9:00pm ET
….. Spread the word !