The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia has set up a funding initiative to support Greece's firefighting efforts and those people devastated by the fires.
In light of the unprecedented ordeal that the people in Greece are experiencing His Eminence Archbishop Makarios invites the entire Greek community to display its solidarity, compassion and patriotism, as it has done many times in the past with praiseworthy results.
The fundraising initiative will be undertaken either by directly depositing into a bank account or going through gofundme.com with the following details:
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia consolidated trust Western Australia
BSB: 082 – 057
Acc: 12 693 2006
“With pain of soul, we watch the unfolding of the destructive fires that are mortally wounding the body of our beloved homeland in the last days. Our hearts are suffering along with every brother and sister who is hurting; for every house and property that is engulfed in flames; for every speck of forest that is reduced to ashes.
“At these critical times, we intensify our prayers and ask Almighty God to protect and strengthen the thousands of firefighters and volunteers who are waging a long and difficult struggle, with admirable boldness and self-denial, to prevent the continuation of the raging fires. We also pray for the repose of the soul of the heroic volunteer firefighter from Attica, who gave his life in this struggle and for the consolation from on high of his mourning relatives and friends.
“I fervently plea with every person without exception, the clergy and our flock, the organisations of our Holy Archdiocese, as well as the organisations, associations, businesses, the media and the Greek communities throughout Australia, to fervently embrace this initiative and prove to our compatriots that we are by their side no matter how many thousands of kilometres separate us.” said his Eminence in a press statement.