A great achievement for the Cerebral Palsy Greece / Open Door was celebrated on Wednesday, November 23, 2022, at the Education & Rehabilitation Centre “OPEN DOOR”, in Argyroupoli, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of its foundation. The ceremony was attended by the President of the Hellenic Republic, the Archbishop of Athens & All Greece, representatives of the government, charitable organizations, and many distinguished friends who have supported the work of OPEN DOOR over the years.
The ceremony was opened by the “Coro Piccolo” Choir of Open Door, followed by the greeting of the President and founding member of the Cerebral Palsy Greece / Open Door, Daphne Economou, who spoke about the 50-year project, the people and events that inspired it, and the achievements – milestones in the field of welfare for people with cerebral palsy.
Greetings of the President of the Hellenic Republic, Katerina Sakellaropoulou followed. A short video by the award-winning director Marianna Economou was shown, which presented the history of the Society from its foundation until today.
Attendees had also the opportunity to attend a special panel, in which a young service recipient, a mother, an executive and a volunteer shared their experiences and the lifelong relationship they have created over the years with the Cerebral Palsy Greece / Open Door. The award-winning theatre group of Open Door, “The Tuesday Troupe” presented the performance “A Brave, New World”, based on Antonin Dvorak’s New World Symphony.
The presentation of Honorary Distinctions followed, where Paul and Alexandra Canellopoulos Foundation was honoured for its long-standing support of the work performed at Open Door. The Honorary Distinction was received by the President of the Foundation, Nellos Canellopoulos.
The event concluded with the Open Door Choir and the entire theatre group on stage singing the wonderful “You Raise Me Up” by Josh Groban, closing this very special day.