Greek Marathon Runners Donate to UNESCO
The President of the Hellenic Amateur Athletic Association (SEGAS) presented the Director-General with a check corresponding to funds raised during the Athens Classic Marathon in 2011 for the benefit of girls' education in Africa, during a meeting at UNESCO on 3 October 2012.
"We feel satisfied and proud that despite the crisis, a majority of participants in the Athens Classical Marathon made donations, proving that the Greek people can overcome difficulties and help those who are in need," said SEGAS president Mr Kostas Panagopoulos, in handing over the check to Mrs Bokova. "The four-day marathon is also a bridge between myth and history, it is also about values, solidarity and social responsibility." Mr Theodoras Passas, Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of Greece to UNESCO, affirmed that the donation "underlines our will in difficult times to be there alongside the international community to work together," emphasizing that the funds, amounting to 100,000 Euros, represent voluntary contributions collected during the 2011 marathon.
The Director-General warmly thanked the high-level Greek delegation, which included Mr Theodoros Papatheodoru, alternative Minister of Education, Religious Affairs, Culture and Sports, highlighting its timing and significance. "This initiative comes at a challenging time the Organization. It comes to supports girls' education in Africa, a priority for UNESCO and the way to build more inclusive societies. It carries a strong message to the wider UNESCO community" said the Director-General. "The fact that the donation comes from voluntary contributions shows the great spirit and resilience of the Greek people and their conviction that what is most important is to care about others, about values and the world."
Mrs Maria-Ekaterini Papachristopoulou-Tzitzikosta, the President of the Hellenic National Commission for UNESCO, was the driving force in facilitating an agreement signed in 2011 with SEGAS to support UNESCO's programmes and projects for the education of girls in Africa. The contribution was given in her presence on 3 October.