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18 November 2017
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Opening of the HELMEPA - Lloyd’s Register Foundation Campaign on the island of Naxos, Cyclades

TheEducational Community and Public Awareness Campaign on the Marine Environment, Shipping and Sciences” kicked off yesterdayMonday 13 November 2017, at Filoti, on the island of Naxos.

The latter is the 14th and final location of the Campaign carried out by HELMEPA since 2014, with the support of Lloyd's Register Foundation (LRF)*.

The aim of this initiative is to raise awareness among students and teachers on the themes of the Campaign and to inspire children in the Greek periphery to learn more about science, engineering and technology, thus giving them access to information and facilities that they otherwise may not have had

During the opening event, the local community welcomed HELMEPA in a warm atmosphere at the Cultural Center of the Society of Filotites of Naxos – Anomeritis Library, which is hosting for 2 weeks the Campaign’s environmental exhibition.  The Society’s President, Mr Α. Tziotis, referred to the importance of the environmental education and awareness-raising of schoolchildren and wholeheartedly thanked HELMEPA and LRF for including Naxos in the Campaign and placing Filoti at its epicentre.  

On behalf of HELMEPA, Mr. C. Triantafillou presented the implementation of the 3-year Campaign to date, which began in 2014 at the Piraeus Port Authority and moved on consecutively to Thessaloniki, Kavala, Aegina, Corinth, Loutraki, Chios, Samos, Skiathos, Poros, Aigion, Sparta, Karystos and Marmari to end-up in Naxos.

Following, in recognition of the contribution of Mr. G. Anomeritis, former Minister for Shipping and Island Policy and former Chairman of the Piraeus Port Authority, to the organization of the Campaign in Naxos, HELMEPA presented him with a publication on the Greek seafloor, which will enrich the Society’s Library named after him. Thanking HELMEPA and speaking with warm words about the Associationwork, Mr. Anomeritis stressed the need to respect the environment and protect seas and oceans, an effort that has to be collective but also has to be based upon the personal duty of each one of us.

The event came to a close with best wishes expressed by Archimandrite Dorotheos, representative of Archibishop Kallinikos of Paros-Naxos and a light buffet lunch offered by HELMEPA to the guests.

The Campaign’s awareness raising activities in Naxos have been placed under the auspices of the local Municipality and implemented in cooperation with the Directorate for Elementary Education of Cyclades. Approximately 1,050 students from all the Elementary and High Schools of Naxos will be transported to the exhibition on the Campaign’s expenses. Additionally, a ‘train-the-trainer’ seminar for teachers will take place on Thursday 23 November at the “Iakovos Kampanellis” Museum, in the town of Naxos, during which teachers will be informed on the latest developments regarding scientific aspects of the Campaign’s themes.

* Note to the Editors:

Lloyd’s Register Foundation (LRF) helps to protect life and property by supporting engineering-related education, public engagement and the application of research.
http://www.lrfoundation.org.uk/

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