Pimp My Kid: getting styled and giving back
In the midst of a debt crisis the people of Greece are still giving back. Bella Papadopolous Dobrowolska and Morgan Pettersson report.
It was all about giving style and giving back in Greece’s second largest city Thessaloniki at the Pimp My Kid, fundraiser event (for the charity Amimoni); the local community were having fun, getting styled and giving back through children participating in creative activities.
“The kids are given an opportunity to be creative, and through this we can raise money for a good cause,” said event organiser Maria Alexiadou.
The two-day festival was held last week in the centre of Thessaloniki and the kids could participate in activities such as jewelery making, rock climbing, dance lessons and having their style ’pimped’ through face painting and crazy hair styles.
All the proceeds from the event are being donated to Amimoni, a Greek organisation which fights for equal rights and education for disabled children as well as providing psychological support.
The CEO of Amimoni, Sotiria Alexopulou said she was happy to see so many people attending the event.
“All proceeds are going to go towards building a new school,” she said.
The debt crisis has slowed the Greek economy but Councillor for Volunteers and Youth, Maria Paschalidou, believes charity events such as Pimp My Kid are most successful when times are tough.
”Times like these, when the crisis is weighing everyone down, it is the best time to volunteer so everyone wakes up and acts,” she said.
Pimp My Kid organiser Maria Alexandriou agrees.
”I personally think that in periods of crisis this is the time when we need to do this. People are disappointed and depressed, events like Pimp My Kid pimps your mood,” she said.
The volunteer coordinator for the event, Marisa Krystallakou was surprised about how many people expressed an interest in volunteering.
”I was glad to see that so many people wanted to help by volunteering; through this event people have a chance to play and spend time with their child,” she said.
Radio producer Nikolas Chatzis was happy he could give back to the community by volunteering, especially while the economic situation is bleak.
“I feel very good to be volunteering for a good cause like this. Everyone should be volunteering in the time of the debt crisis. To help someone is free,” he said.
The event chose to not print flyers or posters but instead used social media to promote the weekend. In doing so the organisers minimised the environmental impact and kick-started the community spirit during the tough economic climate.