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SAE USA appeals for tree planting in Greece

Chicago,  24.07.2007

A reforestation campaign in fire ravaged regions across Greece is being launched by SAE USA Region in cooperation with local government authorities and an appeal is being made to the Greek community to offer financial support to the endeavour.

“Unfortunately, the catastrophic fires in Greece continue on a daily basis. Contributing to the reforestation of our homeland is a sacred duty”, pointed out SAE USA Regional Coordinator and “Plant your Roots in Greece” Foundation President Theodore Spyropoulos. “We are open to proposals for cooperation with other ethnic identity organizations or associations, private citizens and companies to proceed with the reforestation of their birthplaces in Greece”, he said.

Initiatives already undertaken are:

- Tree planting in mountains Parnetha and Hymettus which suffered the most extensive destruction by the recent fires in Greece. The effort is underway in cooperation with the Athenian Associations of New York, Chicago and Boston.

- Tree planting in the municipalities of Afeton and Mileon in the Magnesia Prefecture (Pilio) scene of a major ecological disaster. The effort is made in cooperation with the Magnesia Prefecture “Argonauts” Association.

- Tree planting in regions on the island of Crete, in Chalkidiki and other regions in Greece in cooperation with Greek community organizations.

Initiatives will be undertaken in more regions in Greece destroyed by fires or presenting similar needs.

The non profit “Plant Your Roots in Greece” Foundation was established in 1991 in Washington and was presented to the Greek communities for the first time in the 1994 Convention of the Hellenic American National Council (HANC) in Chicago. The foundation was placed under the patronage of HANC during Greece’s recent devastating wildfires. Over the past few years, it has been very active promoting its programmes to the wider Greek American community and Greece where it established a Greek branch in 2004.

Tree plantings have already been carried out in several areas in Greece (Sounio, Vouliagmeni, Pythagoreon on Samos, Ancient Olympia, Delphi, Kalavryta, Crete, Messinia, Patras, Achinos and Strimoniko in Serres, Arta, Samothrace, archaeological site of Dion in Pieria).

“Our philosophy combines the Ancient Greek value of respect towards nature with the Olympic idea of volunteerism. We promote man’s reconciliation with society and nature”, stressed Spyropoulos.

The foundation has also submitted a proposal to Education Minister Marietta Giannakou seeking cooperation and calling for the active participation of Greek schoolchildren in the endeavour.

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