The Network of Social Solidarity and Assistance gave a press conference on Tuesday, 12 June, at the Porto Palace Hotel in Thessaloniki, in an initiative to promote its effort and activities and announced its upcoming goals and its action plan for the following years.
The event was honoured by the presence of Aikaterini Tzitzikosta, President of the Hellenic National Commission for UNESCO, Zoe Daniilidou, President of the Greek Children’s Village in Filiro, and Dimitris Zafeiriou, Director of the 1st Paediatric Clinic of the Ippokrateio General Hospital of Thessaloniki, who also gave welcoming addresses. The presence of the ambassadors of the new awareness campaign “Join the Network”, Olympic Medalist & World Champion, Vasiliki Millousi, and Paralympic Medalist & World Swimming Champion, Charalampos Taiganidis, was also very important.
In line with its main mission of helping organisations that support individuals, charity associations and entities, strengthening social cohesion and fostering a culture of giving and solidarity, the Network announced its “Join the Network” campaign, an open invitation to all citizens to contribute with acts of love and giving to all vulnerable social groups. The campaign, which will run in the immediate future through the Network’s social networks, aims to list, highlight and convey the real needs of social institutions, raising awareness and, ultimately, mobilising people to get involved through acts of giving.
Be it noted that in the framework of developing strategic collaborations, the Network has to date joined forces with UNESCO, with which it has signed a Memorandum of Cooperation, and with the National Bank of Greece, with which it implements the act4Greece programme, aimed at meeting the needs of soup kitchens in Thessaloniki and Northern Greece.
Indicative of the Network’s next actions are its three new programmes: “Offer”, “Change”, and “Participate”. These are primarily aimed at covering the operational needs of institutions, improving and supplementing the necessary infrastructure, as well as creating Corporate Responsibility programmes for interested companies. All three programmes contribute to the achievement of the Network’s main goal, namely promoting social solidarity and aid in practice.
The Network’s President, Nikolaos Pentzos, speaking of the administration’s work so far and summarising the actions implemented over the past five years, said: “Our goal, from the outset, was to become a bridge linking businesses with the organisations, entities and institutions of Northern Greece, matching needs to offers. I can tell you with assurance that in just a few years we have done a lot. Currently, we support over 100 institutions. I can tell you with the same assurance that our goal as a Network has not yet been achieved. What we want is to create a true culture of giving and to make Thessaloniki the leading city of solidarity in Greece.”