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£800raised of £2,000 target by 32 supporters

    Weʼve raised £800 to help the victims of the July 2018 wildfires in Greece

    Funded on Monday, 26th November 2018

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    This year I am running the Canterbury Half Marathon (27 Aug), the Crete Half Marathon (Oct 7) and Athens Marathon (11 Nov) and instead of the usual charity fundraising, i am asking everyone to help me raise money for the victims of the Attica wildfires of July 2018, which decimated the communities of Mati and Rafina. The deadliest post-war fire in Europe and 2nd deadliest globally of 21st century, it left 92 people confirmed dead, and 25 others still missing. Harrowing stories of more than 26 charred bodies found embracing each other, trapped in a field and unable to escape, victims as young as a 6 month-old baby are parts of this humanitarian disaster.

    Heated debates on what went wrong continue. But in the meanwhile not much is left for many of the survivors, who now need to rebuild their lives as they come to terms with their human and material loss. All this, in a country already tested by a prolonged economic crisis and unprecedented refugee flows to cope with.

    This is why many of us are fundraising and trying to help surviving victims rebuild their lives. All funds collected will go to the local authority account and a receipt will be published on this page.

    In times like these, human solidarity is what those in need rely on. No amount is too small so please help us #helpMati



    • John Sotiropoulos4 months ago
      John Sotiropoulos

      John Sotiropoulos

      4 months ago

      As part of my fundraising for Mati, I run today the Canterbury Half Marathon. It is a hilly and challenging course, and i run it in a decent 2h and 4 mins. Many thanks for your donations. I will continue to fundraise until November when i run the Athens Marathon but I will transfer the first amount (currently £700) end of this week. JustGiving charges a fee of 5% and transaction fees for paypal and credit cards (1.4% and 1.25% ) that I will cover myself so that all your donations reach the survivors of the horrific fires. Thanks again!

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    • John Sotiropoulos4 months ago
      John Sotiropoulos

      John Sotiropoulos

      4 months ago

      I am blessed to have such great friends and colleagues, I have already reached 25% of my target. Thank you all. As the debate on the failings of the Greek state rages in Greece, it highlights even more the need for supporting the survivors of the fire. Training is going well aiming to cut my marathon by 30 minutes. Downside spending the evening sober at the amazing BuzzGroup summer party. A focus on speed this morning with the Pride Run 10Km at Victoria Park with my better half, then 19km with some embedded interval sessions tomorrow.

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    • ray thomas

      ray thomas

      Nov 15, 2018

      Well done.. An excellent cause x


    • Edwin Yuen

      Edwin Yuen

      Nov 13, 2018

      Well done John! You running machine 🏃🏻‍♂️


    • Adam Lessem

      Adam Lessem

      Oct 4, 2018

      Great effort John for a well deserved cause!


    • Isabella Hernandez

      Isabella Hernandez

      Aug 28, 2018

      Helping surviving victims rebuild their lives is so commendable. Very proud of you :)


    • Alex Shellim

      Alex Shellim

      Aug 28, 2018

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      Aug 27, 2018

      Well done and good luck!


    • Charlotte Halkett

      Charlotte Halkett

      Aug 21, 2018

      Our own Hermes! Power to your legs and what a great cause x


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