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Weʼre raising £2,000 to help the victims of the July 2018 wildfires in Greece

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This year I am running the Canterbury Half Marathon (27 Aug) 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

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  • John Sotiropoulos10 days ago
    John Sotiropoulos

    John Sotiropoulos

    10 days 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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  • Trevor M

    Trevor M

    Aug 20, 2018

    Great work, well done


  • Anna Vandour

    Anna Vandour

    Aug 20, 2018

    Good luck!


  • Tony Carter

    Tony Carter

    Aug 11, 2018

    Good Luck! See you in Athens!


  • Ben Hodgson

    Ben Hodgson

    Aug 10, 2018



  • Charlotte Logan

    Charlotte Logan

    Aug 9, 2018

    Best of luck for the run John, you'll smash it 💪🤗!!

  • The Carne’s

    The Carne’s

    Aug 8, 2018

    Great cause. Hope you reach your target. Love J,J, E and O. Xx


  • Gary Smither

    Gary Smither

    Aug 4, 2018

    Lovely cause. Well done Yani.


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