Melbourne's Greek community groups have come together to respond to the terrible fires devastating Greece which saw more than 150 fires burning by Sunday, fuelled by one of the worst heatwaves in recent times.
Specifically, The Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne & Victoria, The Greek Precinct Association and The Hellenic Medical Society of Australia have set up a funding initiative to support the Hellenic Volunteer Fire Fighting Association (HVFFA).
In a joint press statement the three community groups noted that all monies will go towards the firefighting efforts just as they did in 2018 during the devastating fires in Mati, Attica, where money raised was spent by the HVFFA on the purchase of much needed protective equipment for the firefighters.
Once again Greek Australians and all concerned Australians are called upon to dig deep and donate funds that will once again be directed to the HVFFA where they will in no doubt be put to lifesaving good use.
"Once again Greek firefighters have been grappling with this unprecedented disaster. They have not only battled the fires but also ensuring residents and animals are evacuated from the areas affected. The magnitude of the disaster had mobilised neighbouring countries, including France, Spain, Serbia, Croatia, Sweden, Israel, Romania Switzerland and Poland, to lend support to the firefighting efforts.
"As Australians we understand the devastation of natural disasters, including the recent bushfires which ravaged our eastern States in 2020. We are aware of the fear, anxiety and loss which the people of Greece are now feeling. We comprehend the incredible sense of loss of those who have lost their family homes and properties. We appreciate the terror of the Greek people as they face the uncertainty of the blazes, which have ravaged their homeland." said the press statement.
Community organisations, businesses and individuals can all contribute to this drive simply by making a donation via either:
1. The Go Fund Me campaign we have established for the campaign https://gofund.me/e071edf0
2. By direct deposit into the dedicated Greek Community – (Greek Fires) account:
BSB: 063 023
ACT: 1042 1568