A total of $80,000 has been pledged by the Cypriot government to help bushfire victims in Australia.
Current president of the Cypriot parliament Demetris Syllouris will personally deliver the donation cheques during an upcoming visit Down Under.
Mr. Syllouris will be part of a parliamentarian delegation accepting the formal invitation made by the Speaker of the House of Representantives and the President of the Senate in Australia to visit Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney.
Mr. Syllouris and his team are expected in Melbourne on Sunday 9 February.
It is also worth noting that Greece has already offered to deploy a select group of 42 firefighters with special equipment, as part of the European Civil Protection Mechanism, with the Australian government reportedly responding that they have sufficient resources.
KYRGIOS’ INITIATIVE RAISES OVER $90,000
Meanwhile, Nick Kyrgios’ bushfire relief efforts were met with success.
More than $90,000 have been raised so far thanks to the Greek Australian’s initiative, since day one of ATP Cup, where he committed to offer $200 per ace he would hit across tennis events this summer, a donation matched by a burger chain doubling the amount per ace.
Tennis legend John McEnroe soon after also joined in the effort, pledging $1000 for every set won by Kyrgios at the Australian Open.
HELLENIC EMERGENCY RELIEF FUND FIRE APPEAL
Community response was heartwarming at the Hellenic Radio of Australia (1683 AM) radiothon on Saturday with a total of $25,000 raised, while fundraising efforts are still ongoing with support from local Sydney clubs.
George Angelopoulos from the organising committee urges people to offer what they can to support those affected by the devastating fires this summer season.
“Even a minimal contribution can go a long way to help those in need”, Mr. Angelopoulos said.
Donations for the “Hellenic Emergency Relief Fund” are payable to any Bank of Sydney branch.
For more information, you can contact the organising committee directly on any of the following numbers 0419 614 000, 0418 960 836, 0412 422 218, 0416 214 202 or email Mr. Angelopoulos at firstname.lastname@example.org