The Hellenic Initiative Australia (THI Australia) has just launched its Winter Appeal for
Greece and invites the Greek diaspora and Philhellenes to support the vulnerable
communities which need our immediate help this winter.
As the bitter winter cold arrives, many of our compatriots are already suffering the effects
of the recent natural disasters that hit Greece – the fires, earthquakes and floods. And
many are bracing for the next wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Our trusted partner charities in Greece tell us that, once again, there will be an ‘urgent
need for food produce, care packages, emergency accommodation, medical
assistance and basic necessities to support many vulnerable communities – including
families and individuals living below the poverty line and the elderly who live alone,’ said
THI Australia’s CEO, Stergitsa Zamagias-Hill.
THI Australia and its generous supporters successfully raised $100,000 for its 2020
Winter Appeal and enabled it to provide:
• Six tonnes of food produce to three charities, Aspres Petaloudes (Volos),
Kivotos tou Kosmou (Chios, Epirus, Kalamata) and Konstanteio Home for the
• access to monthly supermarket vouchers for families living below the poverty
line for a 6 month period, with access to psychological support
• the delivery of hundreds of care packages, PPE kits, and over a thousand hot
meals in Athens and Thessaloniki, and
• temporary accommodation and rental assistance for destitute families and
individuals in the Attica region.
The Winter Appeal has showcased the Hellenic diaspora’s compassion and empathy
and restored dignity to people who have found themselves at very low and vulnerable
points in their lives.
It will take only 5 minutes to make a gift, and yet it can transform a vulnerable life.
• $50 can purchase a care package with basic necessities
• $75 can purchase 3 Hope Boxes providing 18 kilos of food produce or a food
• $100 can enable a person sleeping rough or an elderly person to have one bag of
clothes laundered weekly, for 5 months by a mobile laundry service
• $250 can provide access to medical and psychological support services
• $500 can provide temporary accommodation, one-off rental assistance for
struggling families who are facing eviction and require assistance with utility