The Smile of the Child
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Voluntary Children's Association
10, Zinonos Eleatou Street, GR-151 24 Maroussi, Athens, Greece
3rd Plane Pull event held in Greece in support of "The Smile of the Child"
The 3rd Plane Pull event in Greece was held on Friday, the 20th of April in support of ‘The Smile of the Child’ and in partnership with Athens International Airport ‘Eleftherios Venizelos’ and with the support of DHL Express.
The event was a special one for the community of the airport and ‘The Smile of the Child’, held for a third consecutive year at the facilities of Athens International Airport. The 3rd Plane Pull event became reality at one of the airport’s runways with the participation of 20 teams comprised of 25 participants, whose mission was to pull for 20 meters an AIRBUS A300/600 of DHL Express (weight: 100 tons). The event was moderated by Spyros Haritatos, a Greek journalist, who participated voluntarily by setting the tone during the event and encouraging all participants.
The main goal of all participants was to raise funds for the actions of ‘The Smile of the Child’ in the field of healthcare through which 26.298 children with health problems and their families were supported nationwide in 2017 (Mobile Medical Units of Intensive Care for newborns and children, Preventive Medicine through 3 Mobile Units, Support to hospitalized children in Athens, Patras and Thessaloniki, Support to Children with health problems, Pediatric Care at Home, accommodation of families with children who have health problems).
The President of the BoD of ‘The Smile of the Child’, Mr. Costas Yannopoulos said: The Plane Pull event takes place for a third consecutive year in Greece with the aim to support the actions of our Organization thanks to the precious participation of Athens International Airport ‘Eleftherios Venizelos’ and the support of DHL. Hundreds of people with great enthusiasm filled the airport’s runway and their effort gave to all of us at ‘The Smile of the Child’ the power to continue our daily, nationwide hard work! ‘The Smile of the Child’ struggles on a daily basis for all children in Greece and it is important to know that in this struggle we are not alone. I would like to express once again our warm gratitude at Athens International Airport and DHL Express and the participating companies and sponsors of the event which made the 3rd Plane Pull event in Greece a reality! See you all soon at the next event!
The Director of Communication and Marketing of Athens International Airport Ms. Ioanna Papadopoulou highlighted the importance of actions of this kind: «We are very happy that we hosted for a third year this unique action at the airport of Athens in honor of ‘The Smile of the Child’ and with the support of DHL Express! The community of the Airport was represented by its enthusiastic teams and with the slogan ‘’what we go through…for The Smile!
Ms. Papadopoulou also added: Over the past 16 years the company of the airport continues to support actively the mission and actions of the Organization ‘of The Smile of the Child”. However, in this midst of the current social and economic reality, events and actions such as the Plane Pull event, become more important by highlighting, apart from their primary purpose, the significance of solidarity and team work for reaching a common goal”.
During the event the HR Director of DHL Express Greece Ms. Katia Lampropoulou said: “For a third consecutive year we proved that the force of giving can pull…even aircrafts of 100 tons! With great pleasure and enthusiasm DHL Express was present at the 3rd Plane Pull event through the participation of its people and its aircraft! This is one more action through which we stand by “The Smile of the Child” and its precious work.
The following teams were awarded:
1st award for the fastest team: GOLDAIR HANDLING (13.71 sec)
2nd award for the fastest team: DHL EXPRESS (13.84 sec)
3rd award for the fastest team: SELECT SERVICES PARTNER (15.59 sec)
1st award for the slowest team: GROUP “ΧΥΤΗΡΟΓΛΟΥ” (ACCESSORIZE, ANAMNESIA, INGLOT) (54.12 sec)
2nd award for the slowest team: MERCEDES (29.66 sec)
3rd award for the slowest team: SKYSERV (26.06 sec)
1st award for the most enthusiastic team: ATHENS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
2nd award for the most enthusiastic team: NESTLE
3rd award for the most enthusiastic team: ICTS
The following companies and organizations participated:
- HELLENIC POLICE
- “ΧΥΤΗΡΟΓΛΟΥ” GROUP (ACCESSORIZE, ANAMNESIA, INGLOT)
- FIRE BRIGADE OF GREECE
- GOLDAIR HANDLING
- SELECT SERVICES PARTNER
and of course the teams of the organizers of “The Smile of the Child”, Athens International Airport and DHL Express.
The sponsors of the event were:
- Autogrill Hellas
- Select Services Partner
- The Vantastic Bar
- ΝΕΙΛΟΣ Α.Ε.