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AHEPA FAMILY NEWS AHEPA Helps Secure Fifth Medical Supply Shipment for Greece A shipping container filled with $650,000 worth of medical supplies and equipment arrived Oct. 21, 2013, in Athens, Greece, thanks to the efforts of AHEPA which donated $17,000 to secure the shipping container and to the International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC), which worked diligently to coordinate the assembly of the medical supplies, announced Supreme President Anthony Kouzounis. This is the fifth shipment of medical supplies AHEPA helped deliver to Greece working in cooperation with the IOCC. The medical supplies range from syringes to walkers to catheters and nebulizers. According to Kouzounis, the supplies were transported to Evangelismos Hospital where AHEPA has a wing named after it. All told, $3.25 million in medical supplies have been donated and delivered to hospitals throughout Greece through this collaborative effort, he added. "Austerity measures have had a devastating impact on public health spending," Supreme President Kouzounis said. "The ability of hospitals to purchase medical supplies and equipment has been hampered. The need is very real, and AHEPA, working in cooperation with the IOCC, is proud to be able to facilitate the shipment of a significant amount of aid to help address the medical supply shortage in Greece." AHEPA Region 6 (Indiana, Minnesota, Illinois, Iowa, North and South Dakota and parts of Missouri and Nebraska) raised the funds to secure the shipping container. In August, AHEPA Region 6 representatives presented the $25,270 donation to then-Supreme President Dr. John Grossomanides at the Supreme Convention. Of note, Pictured with the medical supplies on their arrival are: Dr. Konstantinos Kozyrakis (Chapter President HJ1), Panagiotis Papapetrou (Vice President Chapter HJ1), and Despina Katsivelaki, IOCC program coordinator. AHEPA Chapter 66, Minneapolis, raised $14,820 of the donation. "We thank the community for helping to make this important shipment of medical supplies a reality through its contributions and donations," Kouzounis said. "The spirit of philanthropy is alive and well and it must continue to flourish if we are to meet the dire needs the people of Greece are enduring during this most difficult time. We are proud of the Greek American community's action, especially of those Ahepans in Region Six, and we encourage individuals and organizations to continue to donate to worthy causes that help Greece." In March 2013, AHEPA Canada donated a rigid bronchoscope machine valued at 10,000 euros (or approximately $12,000 Canadian) to Evangelismos Medical supplies are delivered to Evangelismos Hospital. Winter 2013 ยท THE AHEPAN | 5

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The AHEPAN - Winter 2013

President's Message
AHEPA Family News
AHEPA Commends 2013 National Scholarship Recipients
A Worthwhile Week
My Volunteer Vacation in Crete
Civic Responsibility
The Periclean
AHEPA Family Chapter News
Literary Corner
In Memoriam

The AHEPAN - Winter 2013