Thursday, August 11, 2011
The Mayor of Peinios welcomed H.E. Archbishop Demetrios of America at City Hall.
In the morning of July 12, the Mayor of the Municipality of Peinios Alexios Kastrinos and the local authorities organized a welcome ceremony in the city hall of Gastouni in honor of Archbishop Demetrios. During this event the Archbishop presented to the Mayor and the municipality of Peinios, which encompasses Vartholomeio and Ionian Village, a check in the amount of $108,000. These funds were the second installment of a grand to the municipality totaling $252,183 to help restore the environment around IV, and were the last disbursement from the Greek Fires Relief Fund which the Archdiocese established in 2007. At the same time, and in the presence of the local authorities and Press, Archbishop Demetrios presented a report on the Greek Fires Relief Fund detailing all disbursements since 2007. The amount collected and distributed totaled almost 4 million dollars. Most grants and assistance were distributed through International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) and were used in the Livelihood Recovery Program for livestock, animal feed, forage and seeds to support the agricultural infrastructure of the area, modernize small family farms, and for fire prevention and safety, firefighting shelters and equipment.