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of the Greek Diaspora in order to encourage their help in addressing the financial crisis in Greece.
On receiving the honorary distinction by the President of the Pan-Laconian Federation of Greece, Ms. Moustafelou, the President of SAE expressed his sincere congratulations on the action and remarkable work of the organization, whilst he noted that the “history of the Laconians, throughout the centuries is in itself a bright example of offering, strength and love towards the homeland and fellow humans, an act of altruism, selflessness and voluntary contribution”.
Mr. Tamvakis expressing his gratitude for the honor he received, emphasized that:
“Together we will make it. This is the message conveyed by the forces of Hellenism from around the world. We, who were born and live away from our homeland, participate in civic life, love and support our Greece. United we fight, as we share the same principles, ideals, goals and vision. That is why we could not help to sit out in this critical period. From the first moment we declared our presence in this unfortunate situation. The World Council of Hellenes Abroad (SAE) is taking action and does the best in its powers to help. Among other things, we proposed the issuing of Diaspora Bonds (and with great pleasure we read that our idea is being implemented by the state), we participate, in collaboration with the State, in a campaign to stimulate touristic movement in our country, aiming towards the revival of tourism in our country.”
As a token of appreciation, Mr. Tamvakis offered a copy of the collector’s volume of the poem of our great Alexandrian poet, Constantine P. Cavafy, “The City”, translated in 33 languages, an edition of the World Council of Hellenes Abroad for the Anniversary of 75 years since the death of Cavafy.
The concert at the Athens Concert Hall, entitled “In the arms of Taygetos”, was held under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism”. The program included works on the poetry of Nikiforos Vrettakos and Yannis Ritsos.