The last couple of weeks Jill Somer, Soula Patsis and I (Daphne) have had our ears and eyes wide open to get a grip on the real needs that people have after the flood on 22nd of September.
Jill started a disaster fund and has raised over 10.000 dollars. In this amount is included the money that Athina Stamatelos raised at the Greek festival in Pensacola USA (1.800 dollar)
We want to thank her from the bottom of our hearts.
The stories about what has happened to people keep coming and after long talks we decide what to give and to whom. In that decision process we also count on stories from 3rd parties. Almost nobody who is in need has approached us directly. We almost always heard stories from other people about them.
In order to give something to somebody in need and to also have a good financial administration we either buy the goods that people need ourselves (weighing scales, refrigerators, cookers, food, medicines) or we ask for a receipt (repairs, road works etc.) The final list will be available as soon as we have given all the money to the people in need. We will only publize what has been given without names.
Below is a post from Jill that she posted 17 days ago on the Indiegogo crowdfunding website. Here she explains how we work.
Hello everyone! I wanted to let you know the progress we have made in supporting the flood victims of Skopelos. We have helped a family that have a very sick 3-year-old girl. Honestly, we discovered how dire the situation because of the flooding and have not only given them some much-needed support buy purchasing medicine, milk and feeding tubes (the girl cannot eat normally) but also asked a charity to help with the girl’s heart operation. We have bought 4 stoves, 1 refrigerator, a machine for the local ceramist, Nikos Rodios to separate his clay that he collects. We are going to help a family that has had to walk to their home for the past month because their road has been blocked by mud; they couldn’t afford to hire a bulldozer to clear their road. The list goes on and on. But as you can see, your money is going to good use. I think the most important thing that I have experienced is that this funding has given the Greeks hope. They are moved by the fact that perfect strangers are willing to help. And I am eternally grateful for your generosity. Jill Somer
We will keep you posted!!
This donkey was spotted near the high school. Most donkeys on the island work for a living. They transport goods or take farmers who don’t have a driving license to their farms. This donkey seems to have taken retirement.
Nikos Rodios is busy remaking the ornaments for the Agios Riginos shrine. The photo above is from the new ornament.
This is the original ornament and needs to be made new.
On Friday the ear nose and throat specialist will be at Asklepion. On Saturday the orthopedic surgeon and on Sunday the ophthalmologist.
Call the reception of the clinic to make an appointment or for more information. Tel: 2424023837. English is spoken and the doctors speak English too.
Over the years we, including me, Daphne, have had an opinion about what the tourist strategy for Skopelos should be. Well, here is your chance. Below is an open invitation from Makis Perdikaris, who is the chairman of the tourist committee of the municipality, to lend a helping hand. All members on the committee are volunteers and more people who have time and energy are invited to help.
1) Volunteers for gathering of information about the island on subjects like history, culture and the creation of an information database with all the businesses on Skopelos so they can be informed and they can inform the tourist committee,
2) Volunteers for creating an information database with Greek and foreign media for the sending of press releases and other information,
3) Translators and writers to write information in Greek, English and any other language available,
4) Historians, archaeologists and anybody with knowledge about the UNESCO heritage list, as the municipality would like to make an effort to get Skopelos village on that list,
5) Volunteers to help with projects that involve hiking/walking, cycling, snorkeling/diving and canoeing,
6) Programmers/designers who know about web design and management, social media etc.
7) Volunteers for information gathering about local recipes, local products and herbs.
Anybody who has any other ideas please contact: email@example.com (can be in English) or call the chairman of the tourist committee Makis Perdikaris; 6932608000. Makis speaks fluent English.
The website for the payment of the Road tax is up and ready.
As we did last year, by popular request we present the steps one needs to complete the form to be printed.
You will find it easier to follow the steps below if you open a new “window” in your browser to SkopelosNews. Then you will have two windows which you can leave open side by side while you fill out the form.
1. Go to the tax site.
2. You will see the screen pictured below. Click on the text marked by the arrow.
2a. The below screen will appear. Click on “ΕΙΣΟΔΟΣ.