Athens, Greece - June 16, 2011
Dow Hellas unveiled yesterday the “ONE WORLD” art installation in celebration of the company’s sponsorship of the Special Olympics World Summer Games ATHENS 2011. The art installation was received with great enthusiasm by the guests of the unveiling ceremony, which was held at Flisvos Marina, where the piece will remain on show throughout the duration of the Games.
The art installation, created with the help of Dow products, became open to the public following the unveiling ceremony that was attended by the President and members of the Organizing Committee of the ATHENS 2011 Special Olympics, the General Manager and employees of Dow Hellas, members of the LAMDA Flisvos Marina Board of Directors, athletes of the Special Olympics World Summer Games ATHENS 2011, the artist and the media.
In his greeting, Mr. Thanassis Thomas, General Manager Greece/CEE, Dow, said: “Our Company, honoring its values and fundamental principles for a world free exclusions and discriminations, and in view of its sponsorship to the World Summer Games Special Olympics Athens 2011, wishes to reinforce the message of the Games with the help and strength of art. For this reason we assigned to the artist Bogdan Radu the creation of a public art installation so that the spirit of Special Olympics will reach out to more people. On behalf of the The Dow Chemical Company, I would like to thank Mr. Bogdan Radu for undertaking this project with so much pleasure, as well as LAMDA Flisvos Marina S.A. that will host this art installation until the completion of the Games.”
In her greeting, Mrs. Joanna Despotopoulou, President of the Organizing Committee of the Special Olympics World Summer Games ATHENS 2011, added: “Our goal for the Games is the victory of optimism over cynicism. Art, with its power of interpretation and its multiple effects on so many levels, contributes greatly to this cause. We would like to thank The Dow Chemical Company for this unique and original initiative within the framework of their sponsorship of the Special Olympics World Summer Games ATHENS 2011, and also LAMDA Flisvos Marina S.A. We would also like to thank the artist Bogdan Radu for his incredible art piece, which he dedicates to our cause. It is an honour for us to share the values for a world free of exclusions and respect for diversity.”
The artist, Bogdan Radu, commented: “I am very proud that through my creation, “ONE WORLD” we can spread the message of humanity and diversity, as this can be perceived in the arms of a little boy-a symbol of the Special Olympics. The joy I felt when I commenced this partnership with Dow is indescribable, as I was creating a symbol of the Special Olympics. I worked very hard on this project and used all my artistic flair so as to overcome any difficulty that arose during its creation. I hope the ‘One World Boy’, as it sits overlooking Flisvos Marina, will spread the message of optimism and joy in a new era.”
Mr. Stavros Katsikadis, Managing Director of LAMDA Flisvos Marina, concluded the greeting process of the ceremony, and said: “In a constantly changing society, it is everyone’s responsibility, the substantial support of acts that praise equality, respect to the human being and his values, as well as tribute of honor to the ideals of the Special Olympics Spirit. Having the honor to be the hosting Marina of great events (in 2004, Flisvos Marina hosted the Olympic committee’s guests pleasure yachts and this year the Special Olympics symbolic Art installation), we wish all participants a great victory of life!”
The ribbon-cutting part of the ceremony was performed by Mr. Thanassis Thomas, Mrs. Joanna Despotopoulou and Special Olympics ATHENS 2011 Bocce athlete Dimitris Klabanis.
During the unveiling ceremony, the guests were entertained by a dance ensemble of Special Olympics ATHENS 2011 volunteers, led by dance teacher and choreographer Mrs. Penelope Aleporou from the Thucydides Cultural Centre of Alimos Municipality.
The Opening Ceremony of the ATHENS 2011 Special Olympics World Games takes place on June 25 and over the course of two weeks Greece will proudly host more than 7.000 Special Olympics athletes from approximately 180 countries competing in 22 Olympic-type sports in 30 venues, accompanied by about 2.500 coaches, about 40.000 family members and friends, approximately 3.000 media representatives and supported by 25.000 volunteers.
About Special Olympics
Special Olympics is an international organization that changes lives by encouraging and empowering people with intellectual disabilities, promoting acceptance for all, and fostering communities of understanding and respect worldwide. Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the Special Olympics movement has grown from a few hundred athletes to nearly 3.5 million athletes in over 170 countries in all regions of the world, providing year-round sports training, athletic competition and other related programs. Special Olympics now takes place every day, changing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities in places like China and from regions like the Middle East to the community playgrounds and ball fields in every small neighborhood’s backyard. Special Olympics provide people with intellectual disabilities continuing opportunities to realize their potential, develop physical fitness, and demonstrate courage and experience joy and friendship.
Visit Special Olympics at www.specialolympics.org.
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About LAMDA Flisvos Marina S.A.
LAMDA Flisvos Marina S.A. was established in 2002 with the objective to redesign and rebuild the port and land infrastructure of Flisvos Marina, in Paleo Faliro (Attica, Greece).
An investment plan, estimated at approximately €50 million, has transformed Flisvos Marina into a stellar, world-class marina of approximately 303 berths for yachts and mega-yachts, in the Southeast Mediterranean. The commercial complex, that stretches across an area of 3.800 sq.m., features a majestic Mediterranean esplanade lined with fine dining, yachting services and shopping venues as well as a roster of special events during the calendar year. The renovation of Flisvos Marina’s park has been carried out by agriculturalists with careful environmental planning. One thousand (1.000) trees and 3.500 sq.m of lawn were planted. Flisvos Marina’s commitment to providing a high quality standard of services was recognized worldwide with the awarding of ISO9001:2008 and ISO14001:2004 in 2008 for quality management and environmental policy, as well as with the award of the “Blue Flag” since 2007, making it Greece’s first and only marina to function under such high end specifications.
For more information visit www.flisvosmarina.com
For more information about the artist Bogdan Radu please visit the website www.fantasydeco.com
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