Giving Style and Giving Back

By Bella Papadopolous Dobrowolska and Morgan Pettersson

Whilst the country may be undergoing a debt crisis, the spirit of giving back to the community is still alive in Greece.

Giving style and giving back was the message Maria Alexiadou wanted to give to Thessaloniki, at her event Pimp my Kid over the weekend. The event aimed to raise money for the organisation Amimoni, through children participating in creative activities.

”The kids are given an opportunity to be creative, and through this we can raise money for a good cause” says Maria Alexiadou the event organiser.

The two day festival was held in the centre of Thessaloniki, where kids could participate in activities such as making their own jewellery, rock climbing, dance lessons and having their style ’pimped’ through face painting and crazy hair styles. All the proceeds collected from the event are being donated to Amimoni, an organisation which fights for equal rights and education for disabled children as well as provide psychological support.

The CEO of Amimoni, Sotiria Alexopulou said she was happy to see so many people attending the event.

”All proceeds are going to go towards building a new school” she says.

The debt crisis has slowed the economy but it has turned out to be the best time for charity events such as Pimp My Kid believes Councillor for Volunteers and Youth Maria Paschalidou.

”Times like these when the crisis is weighing everyone down, it is the best time to volunteer so everyone wakes up and acts” she says.

Pimp My Kid organiser Maria Alexandriou agrees. ”I personally think that in the periods of the crisis this is the time when we need to do this. People are disappointed and depressed, events like Pimp My Kid pimps your mood” she says.

The volunteer coordinator Marisa Krystallakou says it was a welcome surprise how many people expressed interest in volunteering.

”I was glad to see that so many people wanted to help by volunteering, through this event people have a chance to play and spend time with their child” she says.

Radio producer Nikolas Chatzis said he felt really positive about volunteering especially when the economy is so poor.

”I feel very good to be volunteering for a good cause like this. Everyone should be volunteering in the time of the debt crisis, to help someone is free” he says.

The event also chose to not print flyer’s or posters and instead used social media as a way of keeping the environmental impact as low as possible.

Once again the human act was shown to highlight that even in tough economic times, the spirit of the community can still pull through.

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