This is something I wanted to myself, but I'm not sure this blog is ready to run its own funding campaign. Thankfully, Greek Reporter is. So, for once in my life I can be something more than a passive critic of our pathetic, corrupt governments. This blog is read by 300,000 visitors per month. I hope some of you will pass by this post. If you do, please share it so that it reaches as many people as possible. You will have our gratitude.
You can find the campaign by clicking the button below and I kindly ask you to share the campaign too. It will be a great contribution to getting it spread:
The situation with wildfires in Greece is extremely dire as more than 650,000 acres of land have already been burnt, while wildfires rage for the 7th day in a row. In Evia in particular the number of acres lost seems to be more than 500,000, while early numbers approximate more than 1,000 burnt houses.
Villages keep being evacuated in Evia and hundreds of families are homeless at the moment. It's hard to evaluate the damage done, but one thing we can do is show our support to the victims. I promise you that in the future this blog will be able to do a lot more than just ask you to donate.
Many countries have already sent firefighting forces, including:
- Czech Republic
- United Kingdom
- Unite Arab Emirates
This catastrophe will change the lives of people living in Evia forever. Thankfully plenty of people have shown their support, including Giannis Antetokounmpo, who offered hotel stays for people impacted by the wildfires in Greece.
Greek tech and gaming YouTubers and Streamers “Unboxholics” raised close to 300,000 euros in a fundraising live stream.
Starting a fundraising campaign as a nobody didn't seem like a great idea to me, plus since I am located in Greece there are several restrictions on most fundraising platforms that don't allow me to create a campaign.
How You Can Help Fire Victims on Evia
Greek Reporter has set up a GoFundMe campaign; the funds will be donated in person, on Facebook Live for full transparency, to those who are most in need — just as they did after the deadly fires at Mati, in 2018 when 102 lives were lost.
Evia already is one of the lowest income areas of Greece, and people are still of course dealing with the pandemic; now many have lost their homes. The trees, grass, and bushes in some areas are now completely dead. Greek Reporter never asks for favors — unless tragedy hits.
We believe if we all help a little, some families in great need can be comforted in these extraordinarily difficult times. We would be very grateful for any way you might be able to support or share, our fundraiser.
Turkey Wildfire Relief Fund
Our neighboring Turkey has been under a very similar situation since the 28th of July and Turkish Philanthropy Funds is also raising money in support of wildfire victims in Turkey. You can find the fundraiser here.