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A year ago the Board of Directors of the Institute initiated the “Million Dollar Campaign” [http://www.cig-icg.gr/appeal] to cover the costs of the purchase of our new premises at Odos Orminiou 3 in the Ilissia District of Athens, of the desired improvements and renovations and for an endowment to cover the annual costs of its maintenance.

As part of this campaign I developed last fall a proposal for the creation of The Canadian Cultural Centre in Greece on the second floor of the building. This Cultural Centre would have a reception hall, an 80-seat auditorium, two spacious smart seminar / classrooms, a kitchen for catering, washrooms and requisite access arrangements. In addition to the use by the Institute for its own activities, these spaces could be used for lectures, small ensemble concerts, educational programs, workshops, meetings or art exhibitions by other educational institutions, organizations and companies.

The estimated cost to make the proposed improvements and renovations, to outfit it with state of the art ICT facilities, to furnish the rooms and to equip it for the range of possible uses is CAD$300,000. In order to bring this dream to a quick reality, this spring we initiated a GoFundMe campaign [https://www.gofundme.com/canadian-cultural-centre-in-greece] to raise the amount needed for the Cultural Centre.

My dream since last spring was that this year’s annual Open Meeting (on May 24th: see next week’s blog for more information) would have been held in the new auditorium of this Cultural Centre. Will you help us by making a generous donation now to our GoFundMe campaign so that next year the Open Meeting will, in fact, take place in our new home? Your support at whatever level will be promptly acknowledged and much appreciated!!!

Cordially,
David Rupp
Director