On behalf of the American Hellenic Foundation “Plant Your Roots in Greece” Board of Directors, its President and SAE Coordinator, Mr. Theodore Spyropoulos, conveyed his sincere gratitude towards the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Demetris Droutsas, for his participation in the tree-planting activities on March 30th in Kastelorizo, under the sponsorship of the foundation.
“Dear Mr. Droutsas, your participation in the tree-planting activities in borderline Kastelorizo, encourages us to continue our work in every corner of Greece”, Mr. Spyropoulos points out in his formal letter addressed to Mr. Droutsas. “The clear message you conveyed from this historical region of our homeland made all Greeks proud, while recognizing the daily struggles of its residents, who, as you stated, are teaching us the meaning of being a true and concrete patriot.
In an effort to stand by the heroes of the daily life they experience, with Kastelorizo in our hearts, as all Diaspora Greeks, we will pursue our work, with our forces. Tree-planting was the first step towards this end. We have already expressed our willingness to respond to the immediate needs of the island, especially in regard to education and we are expecting the relevant proposals from the Mayor of Kastelorizo for the assumption of relevant initiatives. Furthermore, we encourage Greeks abroad who will visit Greece this year, to pay a visit to this beautiful island as well.
Our efforts, however, are not limited in Kastelorizo only. Since last February, we have announced our intention to sponsor tree-planting activities, to the Municipalities of the Aegean islands, through the active “Aegean Team”, as we have already done so in Samos and Rhodes, in the beginning of the year”.
“Plant Your Roots in Greece” foundation, based in U.S. Chicago, has been taking action for over ten years, organizing tree-planting activities in Greece, in collaboration with the Local Authorities. The grant – motivation for the planting of every 4.000 trees, amounts to 10.000 USD.
Since December 2007, the program was placed under the auspices of SAE.
The tree-planting activities in Kastelorizo took place in collaboration with the Municipality of Megisti (in Kastelorizo) and the Municipality of Xanthi, under the care of the “Society for the Study and Recording of Hellenes Abroad”.