In aid of the Neonatal Intensive Care Units of the State Children’s Hospital in Greece

Associations, Charity, Communication — By on July 27, 2017 at 10:04 PM

Crown Princess Catherine addressing the guests

Lifeline Hellas offered us the opportunity to participate in their community spirit at their wonderful Captain’s dinner yesterday, the 26th of July, at the Yacht Club of Greece, in the presence of Crown Princess Catherine and Crown Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia. The event was in aid of the Neonatal Intensive Care Units of the State Children’s Hospital in Greece. 

The Princess who was founder of the organisation gave a moving speech about the valuable activity of the humanitarian body and its recent achievements, the importance of which is hard to put into words. Lifeline Hellas, with offices in New York, Chicago, Toronto, London and Athens, has played a significant role since its establishment in 1993 in supporting children in need, by raising money for medical equipment, improving communication between students and experts from foreign countries, and through many more initiatives.

We had the pleasure of meeting prominent figures from the shipping and non-shipping world – among them Nicholas P. Tsakos, Irene S. Daifa, the Greek Minister of Maritime Affairs Panagiotis Kouroublis, members of the Angelopoulos family, and many more respected personalities. The beautiful evening was distinguished by the sublime voices of leading artists of the Greek National Opera – Giannakou,  Angelopoulou, Giamouris and Karagiaouris. The surprise of the event was young Alexandros, grandson of Princess Catherine, revealing himself to be a musical prodigy! He performed ‘Sway’ and ‘To miden’ (in English “Zero”) and stole the show!

A view from the YCG veranda, east side during Crown Princess Catherine’s speech

At the well positioned verandas of the Yacht Club of Greece (YCG)  with the glorious view of the fountain of life – the sea – humanity, shipping and arts met to celebrate the symbol of life: the child. We would like to thank Dr Zisis Boukouvalas and the board of Lifeline Hellas for offering us such a magical evening, and we wish them blessings for continuing this outstanding social and humane contribution.

These opportunities remind us that sometimes, even our presence can create a change for the better. As Mother Teresa stated, ‘I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.’

The east side of the YCG’s veranda with the magnificent night view of the western Saronic Gulf

A big bravo to all the attendees that supported this charity event!

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N.B.: With thanks to Iris Liaskonis of Seascape for her contribution and her pictures.

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