AHEPA Feels Sorrow, Pain for Greece

Will mobilize its chapters and solicit assistance for Greece

WASHINGTON, D.C.--Statement by AHEPA International President Ike Gulas about the devastating fires that have spread across Greece:

“We have all witnessed the incredible images of the damaging forest fires that have ravaged southern Greece.

“Currently, we are making inquiries to the government of the Hellenic Republic to explore how we can offer our resources to help the people of Greece. Also, we will outreach to the United States government and to local domestic agencies to see if we can encourage or sponsor their participation.”

The AHEPA emergency response team has been asked to mobilize the chapters in an effort to assemble care packages to be sent to the victims of this terrible environmental disaster, and additional implementations will be forthcoming.

Supreme President Ike Gulas, on behalf of the entire AHEPA family empathizes with the citizens of Greece. “Our thoughts and prayers are with those families who have lost loved ones or their possessions due to this tragic event. We commend the valiant efforts of the brave forestry service firefighters and Greek soldiers who are battling these historic fires, protecting the citizens, Greece’s history and her antiquities.

“Moreover, we are grateful to Austria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, and to all nations who continue answering Prime Minister Karamanlis’s call for international assistance by providing water-dropping aircraft.

“Finally, we hope that the individuals responsible for these deplorable acts are apprehended and brought to justice.”

The American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA) is the largest and oldest American-based, Greek heritage grassroots membership organization in the world. Its scope is international with chapters in the United States, Canada, Greece, and Cyprus, and "sister" chapters in Australia and New Zealand under the auspices of AHEPA Australasia. AHEPA was founded on July 26, 1922 in response to the evils of bigotry and racism that emerged in early 20th century American society. During its history, AHEPA has joined with the NAACP and B'nai B'rith to fight discrimination. It also helped Greek immigrants assimilate into society. Today, AHEPA brings the ideals of ancient Greece, which includes philanthropy, education, civic responsibility, and family and individual excellence to the community. The AHEPA family consists of four organizations: AHEPA, Daughters of Penelope, Sons of Pericles and Maids of Athena. For more information about the organization or how to join, contact AHEPA Headquarters (202-232-6300) or visit the organization's newly redesigned website at http://www.ahepa.org.

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