Greek business provides for earthquake-hit island

Greek business provides for earthquake-hit island |

Greek business is offering its support to the hard-hit residents of Kefallonia, the island of the Ionian Sea that was rattled on January 26by a 5.8 strong earthquake. The plight of the residents of Kefallonia has mobilized several Greek businesses who have offered in-kind and financial support following the earthquake and its powerful aftershocks that caused widespread damage to buildings and infrastructure, leaving hundreds homeless.

Responding immediately to the emergency, supermarket chain Sklavenitis, a company solely active in the region of Attica, sent 10 humanitarian aid trucks to the island. Relief supplies included food and water for the earthquake victims.

At the same time, Enterprise Shipping and Trading S.A., the shipping arm of the Group managed by Victor Restis, offered a cruise ship that will accommodate 600 residents who cannot return to their homes, for two months. Rooms will provide heating and hot water, while during their stay on board, residents will be offered breakfast and dinner. The 174 meters-long cruise ship Aegean Airlines arrived at the port of Lixouri, the island’s second largest town, on Sunday.

Major telecommunications companies, including OTE, Vodafone, Wind and Forthnet, announced they would freeze payment of arrears and have launched cheaper communications packages for the earthquake victims.

Nestlé Hellas is providing in cooperation with local distributors 50,000 bottles of water and hundreds of boxes with cereals, coffee and baby milk. IKEA, the Greek franchise of the global furniture manufacturer, managed by Fourlis Group, provided 145 beds and the equivalent number of mattresses to the Ministry of National Defense as part of a wider program of support that has been ongoing over the past few days.

Football Club Olympiacos pledged 500,000 euros for the reconstruction of four schools damaged by the earthquake.

It should be noted that several non-profit associations have also demonstrated their active support to the people of Kefallonia. Two million euros were donated by the Association of Municipalities of Greece, while another 10 million euros have been pledged by the Prefecture of Attica. At the same time, a delegation of plumbers, electricians and other professionals working at the Athens Urban Transport Organization are visiting the island to provide volunteer work.

Angelos Kovaios

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