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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

The Reality of Solidarity


Press Release

People who Help
The Reality of Solidarity

When there is an urgent need that drives us to request help, our hearts beat with every ticking second until someone responds.  For all our efforts to save someone in dire need, the organizing the calling, we can often do no more than tremble and wait for the outcome – it’s now out of our hands.  And yet we shouldn’t worry; there is always an answer.  The first day the responses might trickle in.  But usually they start to pour in enthusiastically.  “I can do this,” I can do that, does it help?”  People in governments and politics can often commit sins of greed and egotism.  But most people feel for those suffering and, if given a chance, help willingly. 

So once again, we shouldn’t have worried when we sent our last SOS.  The people heard and, yes, they cared once again.

On Tuesday, the 22nd of July we informed the people about a 15 year old girl who needed, immediately a BiBAP ST machine to aid her breathing.  She was hospitalized, and could not be released unless she had access to a ventilator.  The machine cost 3,400 euros and the girl and her mother had no way to purchase it.  For all it having happened before, we didn’t expect to get 23 responses from Greece and abroad offering sums of money almost immediately.  Several shops offered to lower the cost of the machine – even lower than half price.  Luckily a lady in Athens who had such a machine came forward.  A store specializing in these machines offered free life time maintenance. 

On Friday the 26th of July our volunteer collected the machine from the donor’s house and delivered it directly to the hospital where our young friend was hospitalized.  Monday the technician made the necessary checks on the machine, to make sure it worked properly.

We thank all those who pitched in to help and especially the woman who donated the machine, those who offered money for the purchase of a new machine, stores that reduced or eliminated their profit to help and of course the hundreds who simply told every friend they had about our appeal, helping to spread the word of this young woman in need. 

The smile on the faces of the mother and our young friend is the highest reward for all our unsung heroes.


Together, we can work miracles!!


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