The “OPAP Contribution Squad” is the big winner of the 38th Athens Authentic Marathon
Hundreds of thousands of supporters for the renovation of the children’s hospitals “Aghia Sophia” and “Panagiotis & Aglaia Kyriakou” participated in the actions of the “OPAP Contribution Squad”, within the framework of the 38th Athens Authentic Marathon. In total, more than 300,000 participants used the “Contribution Squad” application and had the opportunity, for the seventh year, to contribute in a symbolic way to the important project implemented by OPAP, the two largest pediatric hospitals in Greece.
Out of the total number of actions carried out this year, 3,058,328 points of offer were collected, which OPAP automatically converted into financial support. This amount will be added to the total investment for the renovation of the two hospitals, which OPAP started in 2014, as part of its corporate responsibility strategy.
“The top entertainment experiences are at the core of OPAP’s vision and strategy. The Athens Authentic Marathon is an amazing event, on a global scale, that combines sports and entertainment in the best way.That’s why, at OPAP, we are very happy to participate in the Marathon for another year, through actions for all participants. During the difficult period of the pandemic, the great success of the Marathon sends everyone a message of optimism and perseverance. I would therefore like to thank the organizers and the thousands of runners who participated in the races. Congratulations to all.”, stated OPAP’s CEO, Jan Karas.
“For OPAP, the Athens Marathon is not only a great sporting event, but also a great celebration of social contribution. On the occasion of the Marathon, we invited the greek society this year to participate symbolically, through the application “OPAP Contribution Squad”, in the project of renovating the two largest pediatric hospitals in the country. The response of the people was touching, surpassing all precedents. More than 300,000 of our fellow citizens have used the application and OPAP will make available 3 million euros for this great social initiative.”, stated the Deputy CEO of OPAP, Odysseas Christoforou.
“The Athens Authentic Marathon is an event with global prestige, which is a milestone for the greek and international running movement. We are therefore very happy that OPAP has been supporting the Athens Marathon, as a Grand Sponsor, since 2010. All these years, our cooperation with SEGAS has actively contributed to the development of the event, focusing on the promotion of the values of sports and the entertainment of the fans. This philosophy is, after all, the basis of our sponsorship program, which has established OPAP as the biggest supporter of greek sports over time.”, noted Opap’s Director of Marketing, Communication and Sponsorships, Yiannis Rokkas.
At the two-day athletic celebration of Athens, on the weekend of 13 and 14 November, OPAP was dynamically present, encouraging runners with various actions. In addition, the “OPAP Contribution Squad”, through a heart-shaped portal on Herodes Atticus, continued to collect points of offer for the renovation of the pediatric hospitals. For each runner or passerby crossing under the gate of the “Contribution Squad”, OPAP added one euro to the total investment for the renovation of the two hospitals.
In the final straight for the renovation of pediatric hospitals
OPAP began the renovation of the pediatric hospitals “Aghia Sophia” and “Panagiotis and Aglaia Kyriakou” in 2014 and to date has completed 88% of the project. In total, 28 renovation projects have been delivered, including 21 nursing units, with a total area of 13,910 square meters and a capacity of 510 beds.
Two new projects are currently underway. Specifically, a complete renovation and modernization of the 2nd and 4th floor of “Panagiotis and Aglaia Kyriakou” is taking place.