YMCA Camp Pelion

100th Anniversary

In 2024, our camp in Pelion is set to mark its 100th year of existence!

 

For a century, this cherished place has been a beacon of hope and a source of transformation for countless young hearts. Throughout its illustrious history, our summer camp has welcomed children from all corners of the globe, including refugees and individuals from vulnerable backgrounds.

Unfortunately, a recent catastrophic weather event and subsequent flooding have dealt a devastating blow to our cherished campgrounds, leaving them in disarray. We invite you to stand with us in preserving the legacy of our YMCA Summer Camp in Pelion as it reaches this historic centenary milestone. Your contribution, whether through financial support, in-kind donations, or sharing of resources, will be instrumental in bringing our summer camp back to life and reigniting the beacon of hope it represents for so many.

Support our mission!

If you wish to donate by bank wire transfer please send us a copy of the transaction at [email protected] and use the following bank account details:

Bank name: Alpha Bank
Account number: 707 00 2002 012496
SWIFT/BIC: CRBAGRAA
IBAN: GR0801407070707002002012496
Account Holder: National Council of YMCA’s of Greece

Fundraising Capital Campaign

The road so far…

This bar and the list below show all donations that have been placed, both at the WhyDonate Crowdfunding platform and in our Bank Account.

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YMCA Camp Pelion

1924 – 2024

In 2024, our beloved YMCA summer camp is set to mark a momentous milestone – its 100th year of existence. For a century, this cherished place has been a sanctuary for countless young souls, offering them a haven of joy, learning, and unforgettable memories. Throughout its illustrious history, our summer camp has welcomed children from all corners of the globe, including refugees and individuals from vulnerable backgrounds. It has been a beacon of hope and a source of transformation for countless young hearts.

The hybrid phenomenon of a storm/ tropical cyclone named Daniel led to extremely heave rainfall and to subsequent floods in Central Greece. Unfortunately, our cherished campgrounds were overflooded by tons of water and mud, which left them in disarray and chaos.

The impact of this natural disaster has been profound, affecting not only the buildings and the equipment of our Camp, but also the spirit and resilience of the community it serves. Our mission has always been to provide a safe and nurturing environment for young individuals to learn, grow, and form lasting bonds. Now, more than ever, we are called upon to come together and rebuild the heart and soul of our YMCA community.

We invite you to stand with us in preserving the legacy of our YMCA Summer Camp in Pelion as it reaches this historic centenary milestone. Your contribution, whether through financial support, in-kind donations, or sharing of resources, will be crucial in bringing our summer camp back to life and reigniting the beacon of hope it represents for so many. Our goal extends beyond rebuilding; it is about safeguarding a century of memories, values, and traditions. Together, we can transform this moment of adversity into an opportunity to strengthen our commitment to youth empowerment and community building.

As we embark on this journey to restore our beloved camp, we invite you to join us in honoring its storied past and securing its vibrant future. Your contribution, no matter the size, will be a testament to the enduring spirit of partnership and shared values!

Thank you for your unwavering support and commitment to our shared mission!

LIST OF DONORS

Lidl Hellas: 20.000€

Georgaki – Vazakas – Vartzopoulos Law Firm: 15.000€

2G Catering: 10.000€

ISOMAT S.A.: 10.000€

Ktima Kir-Yianni S.A. (Boutaris Ioannis Family): 10.000€

Tilia Resort (Tachiaos Anastasios, Niki, Emilios & Doudou Magda Family): 10.000€

X-Mas Bazaar, Youth Leadership Training School – YMCA Thessaloniki: 5.635,71€

Ananiadis Dionysios: 5.000€

Kouloutmpanis Athanasios: 5.000€

Python Investment Hellas: 5.000€

Gritzalis Antonis Family: 4.000€

MEVGAL: 4.000€

Athanassiades Eleni: 3.000€

ELVIAL S.A.: 3.000€

Gougousis G. Family: 3.000€

Kocheilas Antonis: 3.000€

Siafaras Electric Systems S.A.: 3.000€

Takvorian Alexis & Dimitris: 3.000€

YMCA Athens: 3.000€

YMCA Thessaloniki: 3.000€

ZANAE Food Industry – Trade S.A.: 3.000€

Zournatzis Stavros: 3.000€

Billy Vasilis Family: 2.500€

KONVA S.A.: 2.500€

Papagiannis Giannis Family: 2.500€

Stratakis Alexandros: 2.500€

Tsavas Lakis: 2.500€

A.Vezyroglou & Co.: 2.000€

AS Hellas: 2.000€

Capeleris Sophia: 2.000€

ΗΒ Βody S.A.: 2.000€

Hellenic Fine Oils SA: 2.000€

Karagiorgos Cotton Industry: 2.000€

KLEEMANN Hellas S.A.: 2.000€

Syrgkanis Dimos: 2.000€

Biscotti Tsoungari S.A.: 1.500€

Labrou Nikolaos: 1.500€

Asvestas Angelos & Angelou Maria: 1.315€

Bibiris Nikolaos family: 1.200€

Symeonidis Panagiotis: 1.200€

Paximadas Kostis Family: 1.050€

Aggelis Dimitris: 1.000€

Aivazis Michalis: 1.000€

Avramidi Demi: 1.000€

Delidimitris Makis: 1.000€

Georgiadis Stathis: 1.000€

Goulielmos Georgios: 1.000€

Iliadis Ioannis: 1.000€

Kalfidis Michalis & Sofia: 1.000€

Konstantinidis Konstantinos: 1.000€

Kontogouris Achilleas: 1.000€

Koufaliotis P. Family (Petros, Silia & Maria): 1.000€

KRI KRI S.A.: 1.000€

Logismos Information Systems S.A.: 1.000€

Mastrokostopoulos Alexandra Antonis Thodoris: 1.000€

Orestis Evi Efthimis: 1.000€

Panagopoulos Konstantinos: 1.000€

Papapetrou N. Family: 1.000€

Petras Panagiotis: 1.000€

Pourtoulidis S. family (Alexandra, Stergios, Charalampos & Despoina Vlachopoulou): 1.000€

S & K Group S.A.: 1.000€

Sioungaris Angelos: 1.000€

Sossidis Ioannis: 1.000€

Symeonidis D. Family (Dimitris, Annie, Evelyna): 1.000€

Symeonidou Emma: 1.000€

Tzikas Thomas: 1.000€

Tzimas Cosmetics: 1.000€

Vareias Thanos: 1.000€

231 YMCA Thessaloniki Camp Volunteers: 1.000€

Zografos Athanasios & Psaltikidou Pegky: 1.000€

Zografos Georgios & Zografou Olympia: 1.000€

Chrysogonos K. Family: 800€

Koulis Nikolaos: 750€

Adam Christos: 700€

Tsarouchas Alexandros: 600€

  1. Arabatzis SA – Hellenic Dough: 500€

Billia Juice S.A.: 500€

Chatzichristodoulou Vasiliki: 500€

Daskalopoulos Athanasios: 500€

Efthimiadis Nicolas: 500€

Georgakopoulou – Delialis family: 500€

Gravanis Thomas: 500€

Hotels Eleana Marina: 500€

Karagkounidis Apostolos: 500€

Karakatsanis Leandros: 500€

Kardaras Nikolaos: 500€

Karnoutsos G. Family (George, Ifigeneia, Eleni, Myrto, Giannis): 500€

Koloniaris Grigoris: 500€

Kralis Georgios: 500€

Mania Anastasia: 500€

Veta, Giannis & Nikos Mertzios (in memory of Lina Iliadi): 500€

Papapostolou Konstantinos: 500€

Tsiouras Evangelos: 500€

Tzamtzis Othon: 500$

Vamvakis Anastasios: 500€

Voutsinas John: 500€

Voivodas G. Family: 500€

Zachariadis Konstantinos: 500€

Pinewood The American International School of Thessaloniki (202 donors): 407,20€

2nd General Lyceum of Anatolia: 400€

Karampelas George: 400€

Koutsimanis Efthymios & Gaglia Melina: 400€

Melissas V. Family (Vasilis, Haido, Stergios & Konstantinos): 400€

Panti Athanasia: 350€

Adam Eftihia: 300€

Bakalbassi Christina: 300€

Bousvaros Giorgis: 300€

Dabasinas Dimitrios: 300€

Dusendschon Ireni: 300€

Gavriilidis Paris: 300€

Goumas Family (Christos, Dimitra, Konstantinos, Iasonas, Dimitris): 300€

Kaltsidis Maximos: 300€

Karagiorgos family (Christos, Nikitas, Stratis & Moulia Avra): 300€

Katsarou Evi: 300€

Laios Theodoros: 300€

Makris P. Georgios: 300€

Maniadis Stavros: 300€

Mantzara Katerina, Paraskevi & Filio: 300€

Mavridou Sofia: 300€

Oikononidou Eirini & Sekertzi Chrysanthi: 300€

Papadimitriou Dimitrios: 300€

Siafakas Konstantinos: 300€

Vougias Orestis: 300€

Chalvatzakis Georgios: 250€

Driva Anna Maria: 250€

Edremitoglou Antonios: 250€

Kiskinis Andreas: 250€

Lazaridis Ioannis: 250€

Tzika Ioanna: 250€

Kokoria Lydia: 240€

Sourmeli Terzopoulou Ioanna: 220$

Adam’s Shoes: 200€

Arvanitakis Paris: 200€

Boditsis Theodoros: 200€

Bogatsiotis Konstantinos: 200€

Chatziantonoglou Iro: 200€

Chatzizisi Ioanna: 200€

Christidis Paschalis: 200€

Christofilopoulou Vasileia (Silia): 200€

Grammatikou Stavroula & Michail: 200€

Karaiskos Dimitrios: 200€

Kokkinos Ioannis Family: 200€

Kosmetis Nikolaos: 200€

Koumerkeridis Georgios Family: 200€

Koutsikou Aliki: 200€

Kriaras Konstantinos (in memory of Lina Iliadi): 200€

Lazaridou Efrosini Eirini: 200€

Letsiou Filomila: 200€

Magkas Panagiotis: 200€

Manitakis Evangelos: 200€

Matzaris Dimitris Family: 200€

Mimikopoulou Kelly: 200€

Naslas Nikolaos: 200€

Papadimitriou Vicky: 200€

Papas Athanasios: 200€

Papas Christos: 200€

Papatsa Aikaterini: 200€

Partemian Serko: 200€

Pavloudis Athanasios & Tani Melia: 200€

Perakaki Peggy & Georgantzis Tasos: 200€

Peristanoglou Ioannis (in memory of Lina Iliadi): 200€

Plexidas George: 200€

Pyrros Demetrios: 200€

Sotiroudis Stavros: 200€

Sourmelis Terzopoulos Venizelos E.: 200€

Stavridou Foteini: 200€

Stefanou Panagiotis: 200€

Theodoridis Michail: 200€

Tsikina Vasileia: 200€

Tsogias Panagiotis: 200€

Vergou Ioli & Ektoras: 200€

Vrani Angeliki: 200€

Zikopoulos Eleftherios Family: 200€

Makris Georgios: 175€

Chatzivalasis Nikolaos: 160€

Apoikidis Family: 150€

Asteriou Elena: 150€

Chatzigeorgiou Rania (in memory of Iliadi Lina): 150€

Damaskos Stefanos: 150€

Galousis Evangelos: 150€

Georgiadou Penny: 150€

Georgiou Christos: 150€

Gleoudi Niki: 150€

Kaltsogiannis Nikolaos: 150€

Mitsopoulos Dimitris: 150€

Petridis Georgios & Papadopoulou Nantia: 150€

Prokopiou Takis: 150€

Rendoumi Ioanna: 150€

Sampanis Ioannis: 150€

Skyrgianni Dafni: 150€

Souvatzidis Pantelis: 150€

Tsourma Fenia & Spyros: 150€

Voucharas Ioannis: 150€

Laskaris Charalampos: 140€

Sotiropoulos Georgios: 130€

Sotiropoulou Alkistis: 120€

Saltiki Aikaterini: 110€

Adamakis Stefanos: 100€

Aggelis Markou Law Firm: 100€

Agrafiotis Kostis: 100€

Aivali Georgia: 100€

Alafostergiou Evridiki-Zoe: 100€

Amanatidou Aimilia: 100€

Arampatzis Christos: 100€

Asikis Dimitrios: 100€

Assael Yannis: 100€

Athanassiades Athanasios: 100€

Athanassiades Konstantinos: 100€

Balasis Anastasios: 100€

Bartziali Styliani: 100€

Beese Anna & Myrto: 100€

Belidis Georgios Ilias – Belidou Pinelopi: 100€

Biskanakis Stelios: 100€

Boura Oriana: 100€

Charatsari Anna (in memory of Pouliadou Foteini): 100€

Charitidis Sotirios: 100€

Chatzigiannakis Konstantinos: 100€

Chatzisotiriou Family: 100€

Christakis Vasileios: 100€

Chrousala Dimitra: 100€

Corbeel Odysseas: 100€

Delidimitri Danae: 100€

Delidimitri Iro: 100€

Delidimitris Nikolas: 100€

Deves Georgios: 100€

Dialyna Maria: 100€

Dimitriades Zoe: 100€

Economou John: 100€

Foitou Stavroula: 100€

Fountzila Elena: 100€

Gaganakis Yagos: 100€

Gkinis Giannis & Papantina Domniki: 100€

Gougousis Damianos: 100€

Hani Zisi: 100€

Ioannou Vasileios & Gavriilidou Lia: 100€

Kakkou Christina – Maria: 100€

Kalfidis Akanthos: 100€

Kalfidis Ioannis: 100€

Karakikes Ioannis: 100€

Karamanoli Family: 100€

Kardara Kleio: 100€

Katsos Diogenis: 100€

Kinali Flery & Nikos: 100€

Kiroplastis Konstantinos: 100€

Korra Eleni: 100€

Kostoulas Dimosthenis: 100€

Logothetis Nikos: 100€

Mavrakis Christos: 100€

Mavrakis Grigoris: 100€

Mavrakis Nikos: 100€

Mavroteli Aikaterini & Zagklis Christos: 100€

Michailidis Panagiotis: 100€

Mpouzakis Kostis: 100€

Mylonas Konstantinos: 100€

Nanou Ioannis Family: 100€

Nikolaou Nikolaos: 100€

Orfanos Giorgios: 100€

Papadimitriou Aristofanis: 100€

Papatzanaki Dimitra: 100€

Potamitis Efstathios: 100€

Proia Iro & Stefanos: 100€

Provatari Maria: 100€

Sioumpara Elisavet: 100€

Skevi Annie: 100€

Sofos Nassos: 100€

Sossidis Georgios: 100€

Symeonidis – Tegou: 100€

Symeonidis Nikos: 100€

  1. P. H. Varveri Maria: 100€

Triantafillis Teddy: 100€

Tsamis Faidon: 100€

Tsouchnikas Evangelos: 100€

Tsoukalidou Eva: 100€

Vamvakas Angelos: 100€

Varetidis Efstratios: 100€

Vatseris Tasos & Thanos: 100€

Vazakas Leandros: 100€

Vazakas Theodoros: 100€

Vrani Lena: 100€

Zannis Evripidis: 100€

Zarifis Ippokratis: 100€

Sidera Marianna: 90€

Iatridis Nikolaos: 80€

Iatridou Angeliki: 80€

Mylonas Sotirios: 80€

Theocharis Filippos: 80€

Ioannou Katerina: 75€

Kapetanias Argyris: 70€

Vasileiou Anna & Vasileios: 70€

Vranis Panagiotis: 70€

Apostolopoulou Aimilia: 50€

Baklatzis Platon: 50€

Bletsas Konstantinos: 50€

Brova Lucie: 50€

Chrysanthou Vlasios: 50€

Demiridi – Papaspyrou Elissavet: 50€

Fragkakis Konstantinos: 50€

Galatis Gioulekas Eleanna: 50€

Gasparis Ioannis: 50€

Gkiouzelis Odysseas: 50€

Gogou Vasiliki: 50€

Gountsidis Christos: 50€

Hatziemmanuil Dimitrios: 50€

Kalfas Konstantinos: 50€

Kalogiannis Alexandros: 50€

Karagkounis Mpampis: 50€

Koloniari Christina: 50€

Kourtsopoulou Katerina: 50€

Markakis Evgenios: 50€

Mavropoulos Theodoros: 50€

Oikonomou Maria: 50€

Orestis: 50€

Papanas Nikos: 50€

Paschali Milioni Kallia: 50€

Pefanis Panagiotis: 50€

Piltsi Konstantina: 50€

Rapti Antigoni: 50€

Roupanis Michalis: 50€

Sakellariou Flory: 50€

Sossidi Eirini: 50€

Sotira Gabriela: 50€

Tsairidis Family: 50€

Tsonga Thalia – Christine: 50€

Tzakris Marios: 50€

Xintaris Nikos: 50€

Xintaris Vladimir: 50€

Vlassi Marina: 50€

Voliotis Alkis: 50€

Voudouris Grigoris: 50€

Zoga Eirini: 50€

Agiannidou Effimia: 45€

Andreadakis Emmanouil: 40€

Andreadakis Panagiotis: 40€

Giannakopoulos Giannis: 40€

Ioannidis Emmanouil: 40€

Kokkonis Nikos: 40€

Kotsinonos Klearchos: 40€

Matsoukis Sakis: 40€

Mavridis Antonis: 40€

Mourtzinos Charis: 40€

Moysis Nikos: 40€

Papastergiadou Maria: 40€

Papavasilis Alexios: 40€

Sarigiannidis Nikolaos: 40€

Skoufas Aristos: 40€

Tsaggalis Petros: 40€

Vasileiadis Georgios: 40€

Gari Myrto: 30€

Giannakopoulos Ilias: 30€

Karampas Fotis: 30€

Maze Sophie Izabelle: 30€

Minaoglou Denia: 30€

Ioannou Kimon: 25€

Ioannou Paris: 25€

Alexiou Nikos: 20€

Amanatidis Lazaros: 20€

Boudina Maria: 20€

Kandyla Ioulieta: 20€

Karagouni Maria: 20€

Kargiotis Loukas: 20€

Kipenis Nikolaos: 20€

Kougioumtzoglou Mina: 20€

Koutsikos Konstantinos: 20€

Oikonomidis Konstantinos: 20€

Pangousi Themis: 20€

Papageorgiou Achilleas: 20€

Pentzos Petros: 20€

Pentzou Zoe: 20€

Petras Dimitris: 20€

Sarafi Maria: 20€

Symeonidou Foteini: 20€

Topalidis Antonis: 20€

Tsivranidis Yiorgos: 20€

Chanou Tsiara Georgia: 15€

Bardopoulos Catalan Dimitrios: 10€

Zafeiriadis Angelos: 10€

Manou Thaleia: 10€

Papaioannou Vasilis: 10€

Thomopoulou Evangelia: 10€

Tzamtzis Panagiotis: 10€

Kiousi Maria Amalia: 5€

71 Anonymous donations: 9.126€

IN-KIND DONATIONS

Infirmary – building facilities, furniture & medical equipment:

Ioannis K. Megas (Civil Engineer) & Ioannis F. Megas (Doctor)

Theater – building facilities, furniture & equipment:

Gougousis Family

Merchandise Shop – building facilities, furniture & equipment:

INFOTRUST S.A. (9.000€)

Autopsy, Report, Description (building structures and infrastructure):

  1. Papargyris – A. Kardoula O.E. (Structural Designing Services in Greece and Cyprus) (3.000€)

Design and Construction Report (stream bank restoration):

Papargyris – A. Kardoula O.E. (Structural Designing Services in Greece and Cyprus) (12.000€)

IT & Network Equipment:

OTE Group

Computers:

Plaisio S.A.

 

STATE COMPENSATION

Hellenic Republic – Ministry of Economy & Finance: 40.767,30€

Camp photos

The aftermath

"Before & after"

List of necessities

Work in progress

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"Aftermath" report

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Equipment loss report

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Message from our President

Restoring Our Beloved Camp After Nature’s Fury

Introduction

The hybrid phenomenon of a storm/ tropical cyclone named Daniel led to extremely heavy rainfall and to subsequent floods in Central Greece. Unfortunately, our cherished campgrounds were overflooded by tons of water and mud, which left them in disarray and chaos.

Our cherished camp, a sanctuary of dreams and shared adventures, now stands weathered and wounded. It is here, in this hallowed ground that we gather with hearts heavy yet determined, to breathe life back into the soul of our community. Now, facing the aftermath of this natural disaster, we must unite in a concerted effort to restore and rebuild.

The Heartbeat of our Camp

For a century, this cherished place has been a sanctuary for countless young souls, offering them a haven of joy, learning, and unforgettable memories. Throughout its illustrious history, our summer camp has welcomed children from all corners of the globe, including refugees and individuals from vulnerable backgrounds. It has been a beacon of hope and a source of transformation for countless young hearts.

This camp is where dreams took flight, and for many, it’s akin to a second home. This camp holds a special place in the hearts of many, and it is our duty to ensure that it stands tall once again.

The Embrace of Loss

As the tempest roared through, it left behind a trail of shattered dreams and fractured memories. Cabins, once warm and inviting, now stand battered and in disrepair. The theater, where laughter and stories echoed, now lies in ruins. The dining area, once a haven of shared meals and mirth, now stands in solemn silence. Our canoes and kayaks, which once glided gracefully across the sea, now lay twisted and broken. The pain is deep, but it’s a testament to the love we hold for this sacred place.

The heart-wrenching reality is that our camp, once a beacon of light, now sits in desolation.

The Urgent Need for Restoration

The very spirit that animated it cries out for revival. It calls on us to band together, to summon the strength within, and to rebuild this heaven of hopes and memories.

Our commitment to restoration is a pledge to future generations, that they too may know the magic of this place.

The Blueprint for Restoration

The first shocking image after the consequences of this catastrophic event, is the destruction of our facilities, not just in its buildings and equipment but to its natural environment. Our campsite has suffered a great deal of damage to its infrastructure, specifically in housing and office equipment, tools, and various other materials and goods. Buildings have undergone completely and some face partial destruction.

The estimation of these damages (loss of equipment, furniture and program goods) goes up to 155.544€ taking into account invoices and receipts of the last decade.

Part of the damaged equipment and material is described below for potential interest in sponsorship or kind donations by individuals, organizations, or companies.

Sponsoring or donating towards the replacement of vital equipment, buildings, and materials, you are not only aiding in our recovery but also playing a pivotal role in revitalizing our Camp. Together, we can turn this adversity into an opportunity for growth and resilience.

INFIRMARY (BOTH BUILDING FACILITIES & MEDICAL EQUIPMENT): 29,139€

BUILDING FACILITIES: 17,017€ 

FURNITURE: 8,533 €
(Storage cabinets for medications, cupboards, nightstands, mattresses, desk, chairs, kitchen furniture, etc.)

MEDICAL EQUIPMENT: 2,389€
(Blood pressure monitors, otoscopes, autoclave, electrocardiogram, oxygen tanks, stretcher, IV stand, crutches, refrigerator, surgical tool set, etc.)

MEDICAL CLINIC LINENS: 1,200€
(Recovery room linens, bed sheets and linen, pillows, blankets, portable first aid kits for outdoor excursions, etc.)

DIRECTOR’s OFFICE (BOTH BUILDING FACILITIES & OFFICE EQUIPMENT): 30,695€

BUILDING FACILITIES: 25,075€ 

OFFICE & BEDROOM FURNITURE: 2,525€
(desk, chairs, bookshelves, cabinets, kitchen furniture, beds, mattresses, wardrobe, chairs, tables, etc.)

OFFICE EQUIPMENT: 3,096€
(multifunction printer, amplifier, telephone devices, etc.)

LEADERS IN TRAINING CABINS AND HOUSES (BOTH BUILDING FACILITIES & EQUIPMENT): 105,065€

BUILDING FACILITIES: 88,632€
(4 houses) 

FURNITURE: 16,433€
(bunk beds, mattresses, mattress and pillow cases, tables and storage equipment etc)

VISITOR’s PLACE (BOTH BUILDING FACILITIES & EQUIPMENT): 11,871€

BUILDING FACILITIES: 8,292€

FURNITURE: 2,729€
(chairs, tables, benches etc) 

EQUIPMENT: 850€
(refrigerator, freezer, kitchen appliances, etc.)

TABLE TENNIS: 2,225

PING PONG TABLES

ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE: 3,760€

FURNITURE: 1,468€
(desks, office chairs, tables, chairs, etc.) 

EQUIPMENT: 2,292€
(computers, printers, telephone devices, etc.)

MERCHANDISE SHOP: 14,695 €

BUILDING FACILITIES: 12,565€

FURNITURE: 2,130€

DINING AREA: 12,220€

FURNITURE – MACHINES 2,130€
(dining tables, side tables, counters, chairs)

GENERAL EQUIPMENT AND TOOLS: 7,846€

(workbench, power sander, air compressor, air water compressor, saw horses, skill saw, miter saw, chainsaw, jig saw, planer, nail gun, leaf blower, circular saw, drill driver, hand tools, carts etc.)

THEATER: 14,330€

FURNITURE: 2,500€
(Cabinets, wardrobes, tables, chairs, etc.)

EQUIPMENT: 9,830€
(Sound and lighting consoles, speakers, amplifiers, microphones, monitors, keyboards, various musical instruments, screens, computers, projectors, theater costumes, furniture etc.)

CLOTHING – ACCESSORIES: 2,000€

Work in progress

Regular updates on the progress of the restoration will be provided on this photo section, allowing each donor to witness the tangible impact of their generosity.

“Aftermath” report

Equipment loss report

Message from our President

September 2023.

One more summer comes to an end – 99 yeas of YMCA Camp Pelion – one step closer before our beloved camp reaches this historic centenary milestone. All kids are heading back home filled with joy, love, new friendships, and a promise; next year we meet again!

Together we will write history as our camp is set to mark its 100th year of existence. We will sing again, all together, under the trees and around the campfire.

Our camp is being tidied up as it does every fall. This year with more accuracy and in a more detail way. What’s missing, what is needed, what needs to be fixed and what is left, before we start planning the biggest events of all time; our 100th year of existence!

Everyone’s mind, young and old, is at the celebration.

Everything should be in place and ready to receive our new hundreds of campers, from across the globe. Everything is set!

But, in early September 2023, the hybrid phenomenon of a storm/ tropical cyclone named Daniel led to extremely heave rainfall and to subsequent floods in Central Greece. Disasters in the region were enormous; extreme floods, roads, buildings, and both bridges were collapsed.

Mavroutsa river swelled and swept away walls, logs, bricks which led to the falling and total collapse of the ring road of Ai Giannis. Nature took its revenge.

For 3 days the camp had no damage, but in the end, this storm, led to an extreme disaster; our cherished campgrounds were overflooded by tons of water and mud, which left them in disarray and chaos.

Within 2-3 hours the catastrophic weather conditions and subsequent flood wreaked havoc on our campgrounds the disaster to our campgrounds. Our buildings, our equipment, our facilities and all of our networks led to this enormous disaster that reaches 1 million € !

The anniversary year; 2024, is about to become an absolute nightmare.

We need to rebuild our camp, so we can welcome our campers the upcoming year.

Our so, our journey begins. We hired experts and professionals, guided by love for our camp, to assess the damage and issue all necessary reports. We created a plan to restore and rebuild our campground and our facilities.

We won’t give up!

We will fight!

We will do everything that is in our power!

We will bring life back into our camp, rekindling its flame for generations to come!

We will turn the page from loss to triumph!

We will raise the necessary amount that is needed, and we will make our camp in Pelion, even more beautiful than it was before!

We owe it to our Camp’s history!

For all these campers that found shelter in our grounds over the years.

For all these campers that our Camp holds a special place in their hearts.

For all the campers that watch us from heaven and wonder, how come we haven’t start rebuilding yet.

We will make sure of it, for all the children that cried their eyes out when they saw the aftermath of this natural disaster and are wondering if they will return next year.

We invite you to stand with us in preserving the legacy of our summer camp in Pelion as it reaches this historic milestone.

To all YMCA campers regardless of their age, we invite you to join us in honoring the past and securing its vibrant future! So that we all meet again around the campfire and sing our songs.

The past 2 months were unfortunately necessary to measure, estimate, study, and plan.

Now we are ready!

This fundraising campaign is a call to bring us together, to summon the strength within, and to rebuild this heaven of hopes and memories! We should all donate for the cause of rebuilding and restoring our beloved camp.

Every donation, no matter the size, will be a testament of a strong partnership and shared values. Each € is a brushstroke, helping us paint a new chapter in the history of our beloved camp!

The road ahead is challenging, but we face it with unwavering determination and hope!

Together, we will restore our camp to its former glory, creating a heaven for future generations!

 

I. Sossidis

President of YMCA Thessaloniki

Vice President of National Council of YMCA’s of Greece

 

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