(Above) Pharmacy in the KIFA Athens Social Solidarity Clinic. Kalamata Social Solidarity Clinic.
Fund-Raising Dinner For Medical Aid for Greece
Saturday May 13th 2017 at 7.30pm
Fabulous buffet dinner, live bouzouki music, a raffle.
Cypriot Centre, Earlham Grove, Wood Green N22 5HJ
Buy your Tickets £30.00. Book a table!
Write to : firstname.lastname@example.org. Send cheques for ‘Medical Aid for Greece’, to Greece Solidarity Campaign, Housman’s Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road, London N1 9DX. Pay direct: to Medical Aid for Greece A/C 20307259 Sort Code 60-83-01
All funds raised will go to the social solidarity clinics & pharmacies in Greece
The Greek people need our solidarity and support. They are dealing with two extreme humanitarian crises and have stepped up with inspiring solidarity, selflessness, determination and courage.
Nine years of the severest austerity measures have led, despite fierce resistance, to 24% unemployment, 50% youth unemployment, wages cut by over 25% and pensions by more than 45%, recurring tax rises, huge spending cuts in education and health and 28% of children living in poverty.
The grassroots solidarity movement has developed a social solidarity network of self-organised free health clinics and pharmacies, community kitchens, without middlemen food markets, schools and employment projects. The solidarity structures are run by thousands of volunteers and organised by inclusive democratic assemblies.
The GSC Delegation with the Chair of Save Lewisham Hospital Campaign at Peristeri Social Solidarity Clinic.
The solidarity clinics and pharmacies serve the people who the decimated Greek health system cannot cope with, and the refugees stranded in Greece with the closure of the northern Balkan borders in 2016. The health system is in meltdown. In Athens, all primary care clinics were closed and the hospitals, whose budgets were cut by 50%, are overwhelmed. Even basic medical supplies are running low or have run out. The number of staff is critically low. Mental illness has doubled and suicides risen by 35%.
Since January 2015 over one million refugees fleeing from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq arrived on the Greek Aegean islands, travelled by ferry to Piraeus, near Athens, then north to the Balkans until they were stopped by border closures. 60,000 refugees are now stranded there, half of them children. The Greek people, individually and through the collective solidarity structures have welcomed the refugees and tried to meet their urgent needs with warmth and generosity, sharing what little they have. The volunteers now work double shifts, at the solidarity structures and with the refugees. The Greek people are resilient, but funds are needed! BUY YOUR DINNER TICKETS NOW!