After following the work of organization “The Smile of the Child” and understanding the difficulties that it encounters in times of financial and social crisis, Mr. Sabby Mionis decided to donate the amount of 80,000 EUR to reinforce the actions of the organization.
Mr. Mionis, in his meeting with the Chairman of “The Smile of the Child”, Mr. Kostas Giannopoulos, was informed in detail on the actions of the organization throughout Greece and on the children’s needs that it fulfills on a daily basis through its services.
Mr. Mionis, Chairman of the Isreal-Greece Chamber of Commerce, stated:
During the last few years, I have been the victim of anti-Semitic attacks. The amount of 80,000 euros of the donation I am making today, is only the first part of the amount awarded to me. It comes from the seizures of the bank accounts and other assets of my adversaries, Democratic Press SA, the publisher Yannis Filippakis and his associates Alexander Tarkas and Andreas Kapsampelis, who refused to comply with the court rulings.
I have committed myself that the entire amount awarded to me, amounting to several hundred thousand euros, will be donated to charity. Respecting the memory of my grandparents and the six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust, I refused to succumb to bullying by my slanderers and their accomplices, including, unfortunately some state officials.
I shall continue to tirelessly fight against any form of racism. This donation is a message that, over the absolute darkness of bigotry, the sun of equality of all people and the smile of children around the world shall rise.”