COVID-19 Assistance Fund

posted 15 Apr 2020, 04:05 by Nondas Pitticas

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought upon communities throughout the world a degree of loss and suffering which affects many and the Greek Community of Glasgow and its surrounding area could not be an exemption. There are sadly those in our midst who have lost their livelihood and there will be those who may tragically lose even more. This Assistance Fund will help those in need, whatever that need may be, and will be there to help families whose lives have been most affected by the consequences of the loss pf their income, where State support is not available. There are also a number of students who have been unable to repatriate and find themselves alone and feeling vulnerable, far from the security of their families.

The management of this fund has been entrusted to 3 compatriots and it is operated via a bespoke restricted budget, appropriately named COVID, which is restricted to this purpose alone and does not integrate with the running and other costs of our Church. In addition to the COVID Assistance Fund there are also other initiatives and sources of help, please read-on this unavoidably long e-mail. In line with Government guidance, the life of this fund is for 3 months in the first instance.

How can you help?

There are a number of different ways available should you wish to contribute to this worthy cause. If you have access to internet banking, you can send your remittance to the account named ‘Greek Orthodox Cathedral of St. Luke, sort code 83-21-37 and account number 00122025, with the reference COVID. Your donation will be credited directly to the COVID budget and if you are a tax payer, it will be considered as the donation being gift aided, allowing us to claim the 20% tax.

Alternatively, you can donate either using your debit or credit card by visiting our page on Justgiving that has been created specifically for this purpose. You can either click here or read with your phone’s camera this QR code. If these links give you a problem, just visit www.justgiving.com and search for ‘greek & Cypriot covid-19 assistance fund’.

How can you request help or make aware anyone needing assistance?

You can make an initial suggestion either to the undersigned or to Fr Markos, we will direct it to the 3 fund managers. Any such requests are made with the strictest confidence and applications to the managers are made anonymously. As our 2020 accounts will be audited in January next year by our Chartered Accountants, in order to comply with the requirements of transparency and due diligence, future scrutiny will presented with the names redacted. There are criteria set for max. amount per pay-out, number and frequency of payments per individual or family and other similar provisions. It should be noted that all payments will be made by BACS transfer, so the banking details of each recipient are essential.

Cypriot students should note that there is specific assistance established by the Cypriot Government, to the tune of a single 750€ payment. Interested parties should contact directly the Honorary Consul General of the Republic of Cyprus in Scotland, Dr Constantinos Hajivassiliou, by e-mailing him directly on constantinos.hajivassiliou@glasgow.ac.uk Should an award is made, it follows that such students will not have access to the COVID Assistance Fund. Initial instructions for this emergency funding can be found on http://enimerosi.moec.gov.cy/ypp10574

Furthermore, we have been contacted by a Europe-wide charity that they can organise the despatch of food parcels directly to a recipient via DHL.  Further information for such an aid is available via the undersigned, who will direct any request to the Charity in question.

Other services

In case you are not aware, you should also note that the Holy Week services are available live, all you have to do is log onto Youtube and search for ‘st luke orthodox cathedral glasgow’. The program of all services can be found on http://www.greekcommunitystluke.scot/events-calendar Furthermore, updated news are also available on our Twitter account either by following the account at the signature below or @CommGla.

In addition, our Greek School is operating fully on-line, both synchronously (commencing after the Easter break) and asynchronously (teaching staff have uploaded didactic materials for access by their pupils whenever and as many times they wish).

For any further information or clarification, please write to info@GreekCommunityStLuke.scot 


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