The week was a gift
Despite difficult conditions due to the Corona pandemic, the Swiss for Greece task force was able to travel to the Greek island of Skyros via Athens. From 3 to 10 October, the 12-member group carried out their planned work there.
Thanks to the local contact group, the young volunteers were able to quickly plan their tasks and get into action. Painting and gardening, computer installation, medical assistance, distribution of relief goods and donations, social outreach and much more. Many of the young people used their talents and professionalism, but also got to know each other in other fields of work. Pascal, a member of Swiss for Greece, says: «We were able to bring huge joy to an old man by painting a living room. The laughter and joy are my highlight from this week. It motivates me to give my holidays to this project again next year.»
Three confirmands from the Steckborn parish (F 17+) were also integrated into the project. They were able to experience at first hand that being a Christian is not just words, but also requires action. The atmosphere in the group was great. This was also noticeable from the outside. The sense of this project became clear to many: it creates a win-win situation, one helps and is given a gift. «Of course, it is something completely different than meeting every week and having a theme evening. It is an experience you will never forget, and you learn a lot for yourself and your own life,» says Giulia, a confirmand from Steckborn.
This week, Swiss for Greece was also able to win other reference persons on the island for cooperation. The network is getting bigger and so is the recognition of the work done. «We are pleased that it is clear to everyone that this project must continue. So we can now start planning Skyros 2021,» the project team agrees. This will again require many actions and collections. It is therefore important that many parishes and private individuals support the project.