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What do you do when you are paddling from Oslo to Athens and you end up with an extra kayak?

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 9 novembre 2017

kayakIf you are on a mission to prove the power of small acts of kindness, you give it to someone who needs it more than you. Mark Fuhrmann of the Piece Prize has done just that, presenting the craft to the Corfu chapter of The Smile of the Child, a national organization with 13 chapters providing homes for 360 children all over Greece. Mark is on the last leg of an epic journey, paddling his kayak from Oslo to Athens. Along the way he has stopped to recognize “Silent Heroes”, those who give in their communities without asking anything in return. Most of the trip has been solo, but Mark reserved six weeks of the tour for anyone who felt the call to join him on his mission.“Travelling alone, I was dependent on the kindness and compassion of strangers, for five months and 5000 kilometers,” he explains. “But the Piece Prize motto is ‘Together we are better’, so I wanted to show that individual determination can be rewarded with companionship and support, even though it may seem impossible at times.”The first of Mark’s paddling companions joined him in Venice, where they purchased the kayak with a partial donation from The Piece Prize. The last fellow traveller returned home once they reached Corfu. “When the last one went home I had to figure out what to do with the extra kayak. Rather than send it back to Oslo, I was looking for a worthy recipient here on Corfu, my first stop in Greece,” says Fuhrmann. “As soon as I learned about The Smile of the Child, I knew I had found the right place.”
The Corfu chapter houses 21 children, providing support to an additional 230 children on the island. “We are so pleased to have met Mark, and thankful for the generous gift from The Piece Prize and Mark’s fellow travellers,” says Iordanis Tsompanakis, head of the Corfu office. “I wish Mark health, strength, and kind winds, on the rest of his journey, and in the future!”Mark is now continuing solo to his final destination, Athens, where he will speak at the local chapter of The Smile of the Child.
Silent heroes can be anyone of any age. They may run community organisations, be involved with charity work, be a friend to those in need, do good deeds, anything that promotes positive values and demonstrates compassion for others, regardless of the scale of the activity. In short, they are good neighbours, and good people!Since leaving Oslo in April, Mark has stopped at Gothenburg, Copenhagen, Bremen, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Antwerp, Brussels, Paris, Nice, Venice, and Zagreb, Budva, Tirana, and Corfu. His next and final stop is Athens. His route has taken him over open seas, canals, and rivers, and will cover more than 5600 kilometres when completed, taking nearly seven months. (photo: kayak)

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In search of silent heroes – from Oslo to Athens

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 19 agosto 2017

osloOslo. When you undertake something remarkable for a good cause, it’s easy for the undertaking to overshadow the cause. Mark Fuhrmann knows this as he resumes his 5200 km kayaking odyssey from Oslo to Athens after a month’s hiatus, with 3300 km to go, on a mission to reward small acts of kindness along the way.Mark’s journey itself is epic enough to have attracted plenty of press, but his real purpose is to bring attention to the unsung heroes along his route, those who give to others without asking anything in return. Fuhrmann has recognised these ‘silent heroes’ in their local communities from the start of his voyage in Norway, through Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Holland, Belgium, and into France. Now his path will lead him down the canals and rivers of Provence to the Mediterranean, across Italy to the Adriatic and down the Balkan coast, where he will continue to acknowledge deserving individuals and organisations with modest cash awards to support their work.Mark’s inspiration for this incredible journey unfolded in the Greek village of Idomeni, in the shadow of the Syrian refugee crisis. Panayiota Vasileiadou, 82, was alone in her home when a young woman turned up on her doorstep with nine companions, cold and hungry, fleeing the battles raging in Aleppo. Rather than turn them away, ‘Mama’, as her guests now call her, took them all in and fed them on her monthly pension of 450 Euro.This near-heroic act of sacrifice has brought Vasileiadou international attention, but her real mission was simply to help those in need by any means she could. And now Mark Fuhrmann’s ultimate destination is Idomeni, to finally meet ‘Mama’.
Fuhrmann says: “One act of kindness may seem insignificant in this vast universe, but touching the life of even one person is highly significant, for that person, but also for society.”“This trip is a huge challenge for me, but what keeps me going is the thought of visiting Panayiota Vasileiadou in her home and giving her a big hug to thank her for her efforts, just to acknowledge her act of kindness. What a tremendous source of inspiration she has been, and a role model for all of us.”
5200 kilometres may seem a long way to paddle a kayak just to give an old lady a hug. But along the way, Mark Furhmann will have shared the inspiration of many small acts of kindness that, together, make a big difference in the world. The journey is certainly deserving of headlines, but the real story lies in the mission.

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World Jewish Congress head condemns attack on Muslims at Quebec City mosque

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 1 febbraio 2017

ateneATHENS – The head of the World Jewish Congress (WJC) on Monday expressed outrage over the terror attack at a mosque in Quebec City, Canada. At least six people were murdered by two masked gunmen on Sunday night, and eight wounded. In the Greek capital Athens, where he was attending a Holocaust remembrance ceremony, WJC President Ronald S. Lauder declared: “Muslim worshippers were brutally attacked last night in a horrific attack. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Islamic community and with the people of Canada, and we hope those who perpetrated this abhorrent act of mass murder will be brought to justice.”Lauder reiterated a statement he made last July, after the killing of a French priest near Rouen by terrorists: “We must not be intimidated by terrorism, but cherish our freedom, including the freedom to worship.“We must defend each other, and we must look after one another: one religious community after the other, one country after the other. The scourge of terrorism won’t be defeated unless we are united in our resolve to defeat it.”
The World Jewish Congress (WJC) is the international organization representing Jewish communities in 100 countries to governments, parliaments and international organizations.

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