Melbourne’s Hellenic Heart Initiative to Support Greece

Hellenic-heartGreece’s financial and social crisis made many Greek Diaspora communities worried about their homeland, but also about their relatives who still live in the country. Greek-Australians have been trying to find a way to aid people in Greece, either financially or through other means.

Rea Liapis, owner of a children’s clothing store in Melbourne, took it upon herself to find a way -other than fundraising- to aid people in Greece.

“The Greek way of life is always about doing what we can for our families and I realized that I am really lucky I can give my kids everything they need. But how hard some families must be finding it in Greece at the moment, with the thought that they may not be able to keep their children warm this coming winter,” Liapis said to Greek Diaspora newspaper Neos Kosmos.

Through the Hellenic Heart initiative, Liapis decided to gather as much as possible from the Greek-Australian community and send it over to Greece, collecting clothing for adults and children, blankets and other linen, nappies and hygiene products and food. The initiative quickly snowballed, getting help from businesses and individuals across Australia.

Hellenic Heart is in the process of registering as a non-profit organization and is working closely with two NGOs based in Greece, the Smile of the Child and the Salvation Army, two registered charities that look after disadvantaged families. Liapis is also working on ensuring that all donations reach the Greek families in need.


  1. If you really want to help Greeks you teach them how to fish, instead of giving them a fish.
    An economy cannot work unless you have the rule of law, and, a real legal system to go with it.
    Jobs cannot be created until half the Greek Government employees that prey on small business by blackmailing and double taxing are sacked and jailed.
    When Government employees stop any new business starting up their will not be any new jobs.
    Greeks need jobs better than the shameful low paying jobs in the tourist industry cleaning toilets and washing sheets. There is a need for training technicians of every description. The low skill levels of too much of the Greek workforce have meant other people from the Balkans are finding jobs before Greeks. Even now some jobs go unfilled, and, business suffers.
    With a proper education system we might see less of the existing business transfer to Bulgaria and Turkey.
    One of the more technically advanced business’s in Greece has transferred to Germany because it’s easier to operate their and export to Greece. The corruption has meant that Greece has high prices for electricity because it has allowed certain EU companies to make a killing from the Greek market.
    Greece is a country that its politicians and public servants wanting to be paid before they allowed one international organization to make them a gift of training its workforce trainers. The organization leader spat in the face of the Greek public servant and took a taxi to the airport.
    Every Greek has to understand they reap what they have sown.