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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 12-12-25

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  • [01] Christmas messages by PM Samaras and political leaders
  • [02] AHEPA donates over 150,000 dollars in humanitarian aid to Greece

  • [01] Christmas messages by PM Samaras and political leaders

    AMNA -- "Greece will do just fine", was the Christmas message voiced by Prime Minister Antonis Samaras Monday evening on state television channel NET, describing 2013 as a tough year. However, if all Greeks work together, the country will be "lifted up" again, said the premier.

    The priorities set by the government are social cohesion and fighting unemployment hitting the younger ages, while investments will be the tool to turn around the country's economy and create new jobs, Samaras stressed.amna

    From Buenos Aires, main opposition radical left SYRIZA party leader Alexis Tsipras noted in his Christmas message that "Greece and its people have in the past been through even tougher days than the current harsh conditions, but have always survived."

    Tsipras, currently on tour of South American countries, added that "cultural tradition and solidarity will be the weapons that will help us out of the hardships, and 2013 will be a more optimistic year."amna

    DIMAR party leader Fotis Kouvelis, in his own Christmas message to Greek people, described the coming period as "hopeful", saying that a social protection netting must be developed to care for all those citizens living under the poverty line.

    [02] AHEPA donates over 150,000 dollars in humanitarian aid to Greece

    AMNA -- More than 150,000 dollars have been raised by the Greek-American AHEPA (American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association) organisation as part of its humanitarian campaign against poverty in crisis-stricken Greece.

    On the occasion of the Christmas, the group offered another 20.000 dollars to the Church of Greece "Apostoli" mission, an Athens food bank charity, to support its rations.

    John Grossomanides, AHEPA president, said "the need is great all-year around, but is especially felt during the holidays." He urged Greek-Americans to donate in the effort to alleviate Greeks in need.amna

    Each 10,000-dollar donation prepares about 500 food packages, each of which contains dry food and goods that will last a family of four about 20 days, while some packages are tailored to a family's specific needs.

    In addition, since April 2012, the AHEPA family (AHEPA and Daughters of Penelope) has donated 93,500 dollars toward the humanitarian campaign, which included a 5,000-dollar October 2012 donation to help secure a shipping container filled with more than 650,000 dollars worth of medical and surgical supplies by the International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC).amna

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