What gave the inspiration for the initiative “We Protect our Grandparents” was the action of the organization Mission ANTHROPOS “Keeping Company to our Grandparents”, during which pupils of the 2nd grade of high school kept company to 44 elderly residents in the Ecclesiastical Retirement Home in N. Philadelphia “O Kalos Samareitis”.
The initiative "Keeping Company to our Grandparents" was consecutively implemented for the second time in 2019-2020. Its aim was, in order to combat the loneliness of the elderly, to bring them into contact with children, through activities, songs and games.
Due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the pupils could no longer meet with the elderly in person. The organization Mission ANTHROPOS, in its continuous effort to help the elderly, designed and implemented the action "We Protect our Grandparents" and stood by their side despite the distance. A crowdfunding campaign was organized with the purpose of offering the necessary consumables (gloves, masks and antiseptic solution) for the hygiene and protection of the elderly residents as well as the nursing and administrative staff of Non-Profit Elderly Care Units. The 9 high school pupils who kept company to the elderly created a video so as to promote the initiative “We Protect Our Grandparents”.
With the contribution of individuals, Nikolopoulos Pharmacy and MYTILINEOS Company, 3,400 masks, 30,000 single-use gloves and 60 liters of antiseptic solution were initially collected, meeting the needs of three ECUs for two months namely the Ecclesiastical Home for the Elderly "Panagia i Eleousa" in Nea Ionia, the Ecclesiastical Retirement Home "O Kalos Samareitis" in New Philadelphia and the Nursing Home "Koinoniki Pronoia Moschatou-Dionysios Theofilatos" in Moschato.
BIOIATRIKI Group embraced the action “We Protect our Grandparents" by donating additionally 30,000 single-use gloves, 60 liters of antiseptic and 3,400 masks, with which the organization supplied three other Non-Profit Elderly Care Units, namely "Oikos Galini -Estia Neas Smyrnis” in N. Smyrni, "Meropeion Filanthropikon Idryma" in Kallithea and “Spiti tis Christianikis Agapis”in Melissia.
On the occasion of the 1st of October, the International Day of Older Persons, IASO Group decided to partake in the action, by offering, in addition to the above, 46,600 single-use gloves for the hygiene and protection of the elderly as well as the nursing and administrative staff of the six (6) aforementioned Non-profit Elderly Care Units which face great difficulty in continuously renewing their consumables’ supply.