DONATIONS & CHARITIES
Pedopolis of “St. Andreas”
'Pedopolis of Saint Andreas' is a branch of the “Mother” Centre for Infants and Young Children in Alimos, Greece. It is a place developed for habitation purposes where 24 young children reside following an intervention from the prosecutor, normally after family abuse. The Restis family, in cooperation with the staff of Enterprises Shipping & Trading S.A. in September 2012, offered to the children of Pedopolis their school materials and basic necessities of the Center. The Restis family and their company, Enterprises Shipping & Trading S.A. endeavoured to provide the best possible birthday celebration for 3 of the children at the center with the collaboration of the music channel MTV, including a mascot of the channel and also provided many fun activities for the children. All of the children received presents from the Restis family and from the channel. Company staff and some members of the Restis family attended this event to celebrate together with the children. During Easter of 2013 the Restis family and the company Enterprises Shipping & Trading S.A. arranged to provide the Center with the Easter gifts and hygiene products for the children. During Christmas of the same year, the Restis family, in association with the music channel MTV and the mascot of NICKELODEON, organized a Christmas party on the premises of the Center and arranged children’s entertainment.
Infant Center “Mother”
In January 2012, the staff of the company Enterprises Shipping & Trading S.A. and the Restis Family filled a truck which was dispatched to the Infant Center “Mother”, containing basic essentials such as diapers, milk, shampoos, medicines etc. for the infants.
In cooperation with the educational organization “EUROGNOSI”, the Restis family and the administration of the organization, with the assistance of both of their staff, managed to gather an enormous quantity of food, clothing, shoes, toys, books which was distributed to the Orphanage of Piraeus “Children's House”, to the "Pedopolis of St. Andreas” and to the Labour Center of Piraeus for Deprived Families of the Shipbuilding Zone of Perama. Note that the distribution costs were taken care of by the Restis family.
The Restis family contributes to the Organization “Care” that provides support to Children and families in relation to various health conditions, terminal illness and bereavement. An important note is that one of the members of the Restis family had been awarded for their support by the said company in November 2013 at a ceremony held at the Benaki Museum in Athens. Furthermore, during Christmas 2013, the Restis family provided supermarket cheques to the families in need, which are supported by “Care” thus covering their need for food.
Contribution to Charities
From time to time The Restis family and their companies and staff contribute with monetary support to various Charity Organizations such as “Joy”, “Amimoni”, “Argo”, “Ark of the World” and the Organization “Smile of the Child”. They also support families who face economic difficulties.
The Restis family also helps the Foundation “St. Tabitha” in the area of Livadia, Greece. The said Foundation is under the guidance and management of the local Metropolis. Due to the establishment of the Foundation, orphan girls of 3-4 years old can live there until they reach adulthood.
Supermarket Gift Cheques
The Restis family supports several families each month with Supermarket Gift Cheques for their shopping. Specifically, most of these families reside in Nikaia, Piraeus and the cheques are gifted in honour of the memory of Stamatios Restis who was born in this neighbourhood. Even until recently the Restis family had been taking care of the daily food (two meals per day) for more than 250 people in need in cooperation with the Municipalities of Piraeus and Perama.
Support of the Shipbuilding Zone of Perama
The Restis family supports economically the preparation of free meals in the Shipbuilding Zone of Perama for all residents of the area and their families during Easter and covers the meals of over 1500 people. This operation is in collaboration of the Perama associations and the Labour Center of Perama as well as other shipping companies.
“Groceries for the poor”
The Restis family contributes to the function of the “Groceries for the Poor” which acts under the auspices of the Greek-French Association. For this contribution, as well as other activities in the area of the Greek – French education, the family has been awarded the title of “Knight of the Arts & Letters” from the Ministry of Education of the French Republic.
“Protection Company for young boys of Athens'
The Restis Family has provided 3,400 liters of heating oil to the “Protection Company for Young Boys of Athens” (E.P.A.A.), in respect of the heating needs of the minors hosted at the «Shelter for Young Boys».
"Holy Apostles Parish" & "Home for the Elders"
During the years 2012, 2013 and 2014 the Restis family, along with the personnel of Enterprises Shipping & Trading S.A., volunteered to provide the meals for the August 15th Feast of the Virgin Mary, Christmas and Easter for the elderly (males and females) of the Organizations Holy Apostles (Kallitheas) Parish & Home for the Elders (Piraeus) who take care of the parish elderly poor in addition to another 90 people who are fed by the said parish, including people who have no shelter and people without jobs.
Association of the Prevention, Information and Support to children with Cerebral Palsy, mentally disabled and with Down Syndrome Non-profit Organization “Care”
The Restis Family contributes economic support annually to the lottery of many Non-profit Organizations, such as Association for the Prevention, Information and Support to children with Cerebral Palsy, the mentally disabled and Down Syndrome Non-profit Organization “Care”. In the year 2011 Mr. Victor Restis also contributed to the charity work of the Royal Highness Princess Katherine of Serbia.
SOS Villages of Greece
In March 2014, Mr. Victor Restis contributed to the initiative of “Trafigura Maritime Ventures” and donated an amount to the “SOS Villages of Greece” for the continuation of the work.
Support to the children of refugees
In January 2016, in cooperation with the Municipality of Glyfada, Mr. Restis assisted with the municipality's charitable work by providing the 300 children of the refugees’ residing in Hellikon (old airport) with presents and toys.
Support to individuals with disabilities and special needs.
Always socially aware, the Restis family is sensitive to the needs of individuals with disabilities, health problems and special needs.
Aiding Kefalonia during the earthquakesSensitized by the catastrophic earthquakes in Kefalonia island, Mr Victor Restis took immediate action by offering one of his cruise ships «Aegean Paradise» to help the people of the area affected by the earthquake, facilitating their stay, and providing free meals during the whole time they spent there. The Mayor of Kefalonia expressed his gratitude with a letter.
Mansion House Syrmou (Zigras)” in EllinopyrgosMr. Victor Restis is a great benefactor of the cultural foundation, the “Mansion House Syrmou (Zigras)” in Ellinopyrgos village of the prefecture of Karditsa, since he contributed to the rescue and the restoration of this cultural monument in 2011.Mr. Restis was the sponsor for the development of the village sport facilities, the construction of a basketball field in the village that was named in honour of Mr. Restis’ father “Macias Restis”.
Fire and Flood victims of Municipality Andanias, GreeceDuring the year 2008, Mr. Victor Restis supported the Municipality of Andania which had suffered from fires and floods, and specifically the village Diavolitsi in the prefecture of Messinia in the Peloponnese, which was significantly damaged from fires and floods. In addition to helping families in the village, he also built a heliport for the village with his own money.
CULTURAL AND EDUCATIONAL ESTABLISHMENTS
Funding of Sailing Race of Akritikon Islands, Kastellorizo
The Restis Group sponsored the first sailing race of the island of Kastellorizo in September 2015, by offering the company cruise ship for the transfer and the hospitality of 900 persons (athletes, coaches, as well as doctors and nurses)
Funding of the 49th Balkan Sailing Championship
In September 2016, Mr. Victor Restis, always sensitive towards sports, supported financially and ethically the 49th Balkan Sailing Championship (held by the Hellenic Sailing Federation) which took place in the Saronic Gulf.
Sponsorship of the 2017 Hellenic Optimist Championship
Respectively, in June 2017 Mr. Restis’ Enterprises Shipping and Trading S.A., along with another shipping company were the major sponsors of the 2017 Hellenic Optimist Championship, as they have been supporting all of the nautical events held by the Municipality of Saronicos (Attica) over the last 3 years.
Supporting the “Women with breast cancer” Association
In October 2016, Mr. Victor Restis supported and contributed to the awareness event and campaign of the “Women with Breast Cancer” Association in Patras, passing along with the 8.000 people who took part in the event, a strong message for the prevention and early detection of breast cancer.
"Karamandanion Children Hospital"
Ιn June 2016, Mr. Restis contributed financially to the charity event of the Women's Association of Patras, with the aim of supporting the “Karamandanion Children Hospital” in Patras.
Publication of the book: “World War II. The Fighters of the Navy Remember...”
In 2011 Mr. Victor Restis funded the publication of Admiral Anastasios Dimitrakopoulos’ book with the title “World War II. The Fighters of the Navy Remember…” a publication of the Naval Museum of Greece. In addition to the financial contribution of the publication of the book, he took over the entire cost of the presentation of the book.
Book publication “The Acropolis of Athens” with the Fascimile technique
In 2014 Mr.Victor Restis funded the publication of the book titled “The Acropolis of Athens” (Publication «Alitheia»), which was sent to 4.000 primary schools in the Greek region. This book describes the philosophy and the efforts of the Greek people to secure the return of the Parthenon Sculptures from the British Museum. This specific publication has a special value because it was the first time that the Facsimile technique was used to reproduce files and documents covering the years from 1834 to 1842. These enclosed documents have been translated into three languages (Greek, English, German).
“Friends of Music Club” of “Megaron Mousikis”
Mr. Victor Restis was awarded the title of the «Great Benefactor» during the year 2008 by the “Friends of the Music Club” of “Megaron Mousikis” for his donation of the amount of €500,000 in order to create a three-year educational program for music students in five cities of Greece.
Special Professional Education and Training Center of Piraeus
The Restis family provided food for the children of the Special Professional Education and Training Center of Piraeus during the school years 2012 and 2013 following the public request made online by the Principal of the School for such a donation. The Restis family took immediate action to cover the needs of the school by providing the breakfast meals of the day for the pupils of the school.
MUNICIPALITIES & CHURCH COMMUNITIES
Financial Support to the Municipality of Varis-Voulas-Vouliagmenis
Mr. Victor Restis, supported financially the municipality of Varis-Voulas-Vouliagmenis (in Attica) during Christmas 2004.
Holy Metropolis of Ioannina & Peristerion
During the years 2014, 2015 and 2016, Mr. Victor Restis aided financially the Holy Metropolis of Ioannina & Peristerion.
Transfer of the precious objects of the Greek Silverworks Exhibition from Ioannina to Moscow
In July 2016, Mr. Restis organized the transfer of the precious objects from the Greek Silverworks Exhibition from Ioannina to Moscow in order to strengthen the cultural, touristic and general relations of Epirus (Greece) with the Russian people.
Holy Metropolis of Nikaia and "Agios Georgios” Church in Haidari
In June 2017, Mr.Restis offered the Holy Metropolis of Nikaia a new ambulance, fully equipped, in order to serve the needs of “Atticon Hospital” patients, as well as people with special needs who live under the protection of the Church “Agios Georgios” in the Haidari area.
BLOOD DONATION PROGRAM
Since 2004, Mr. Restis’ company Enterprises Shipping & Trading S.A. and its staff, have been contributing twice a year in a voluntary blood donation drive in cooperation with the “SOTIRIA” Hospital in Athens, where a blood bank is maintained for the needs of our fellow men and women.