Five tree-planting in the municipality of Lavreotiki, Attica (2003-2006)
The foundation has “adopted” the entire burned area of Sounio, whereby it has successfully carried out five tree-plantings with collaboration from the Municipality of Lavreotiki. Tree-planting activities are held in collaboration with volunteers from schools, sports clubs, hunters associations, firefighters and residents.
We hope to renew our partnership with the Municipal Authorities, moving on to a new series of tree-planting activities at National Sounion Forest and regions surrounding the city. The goal behind the tree-planting activities is the regeneration of the environment and enhancement of the region’s natural beauty. The former Mayor of Lavreotiki, Demetris Loukas, has made tree-planting projects mandatory in the areas surrounding Sounion National Forest, one of the remaining green “lungs” of Attica, a trait that makes it priceless. Therefore, it is imperative for Lavreotiki Municipality, to preserve and strengthen the forest through the planting of new saplings.
The Municipality’s immediate plans involve tree-planting activities at key locations surrounding the city of Lavrio, with a primary aim to aesthetically upgrade the region and establish a living environment for citizens. The Mayor of Lavreotiki will be issuing an invitation to all Schools of the region, local bodies, the Association of Greek Scouts, as well as members of the Senior Citizens’ Center, to participate in the tree-planting activities. There are 400 active and willing members, who participate with great pleasure in every cultural and positive activity for their area.
Through an initiative of the Foundation’s President, Theodore G. Spyropoulos, a sculpture, created by well-known sculptress Angelica Korovesi was installed on an islet across Poseidon’s Temple, bearing the name of Greek – American and Philhellene donors. At the suggestion of the U.S. Secretary of the State and Honorary President of the Organization, Hilary Clinton, an olive tree was symbolically planted next to the sculpture.
The Foundation funded the construction of an informative plate at the archaeological site of Poseidon’s Temple. The unveiling of the monument and plate took place on Sunday, September 2003, with a ceremony organized at the Conference Hall of the Old Machine Workshop in the Municipality of Lavretiki. This was meant to honor the members of the Greek Diaspora and Philhellenes who contributed, with their donations, to the realization of tree-planting activities in Greece.
A roundtable discussion preceded the event, on the subject “Diaspora and Local Authorities”, on the context of the Congress co-organized by Lavreotiki Municipality with the “European Strategic Planning Center”, under the auspices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, attended by Greek State Ministers, Mayors and representatives from Greek – American Organizations.