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.


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The genetic analyzer is used for more than 16 tests necessary for patients with chronic leukaemias,and the laboratory performs about 6,000 tests annually.


Athens, October 31, 2022 – With the donation of the Paul and Alexandra Canellopoulos FoundationAurora – Together Against Hematological Diseases, always supporting patients with hematological diseases, managed to fill the urgent need for a new genetic analyzer at the  “EVANGELISMOS” hospital.

The new genetic analyzer, which replaced the older one that had been decommissioned,  is vital for patients with hematologic malignancies. It is used by more than 35 hospitals in the country and for more than 6,000 tests every year necessary to diagnose acute leukaemias, chronic leukaemias and myeloproliferative neoplasms.

Apart from diagnosis, the tests offer information crucial to making timely decisions on the most appropriate targeted treatment, in the early diagnosis of graft rejection or malignancy recurrence, and in the detection of gene mutations.

Aware of Aurora’s activities over the years, “EVANGELISMOS” hospital made a request to the management and to the President and founding member of Aurora, Mr Clemente Pinedo, who promptly took action to ensure that new equipment is purchased as soon as possible to meet this need. On this, Mr Pinedo said: “We wish to thank the Paul and Alexandra Canellopoulos Foundation for immediately responding to our request for meeting such an important need,”  and added: “Procurement of this genetic analyzer is vital as it will serve a very large number of patients from various hospitals nationwide. Aurora, in full cooperation with the Paul and Alexandra Canellopoulos Foundation, proved that they stand by our fellow human beings suffering from hematological diseases, helping them continue their treatments and improve their quality of life.”

The director of the Hematology Unit at the  “EVANGELISMOS” hospital, Dr Dimitrios Karakasis said: “It is with great pleasure and emotion that we express our deepest thanks to Aurora for immediately taking action and the Paul and Alexandra Canellopoulos Foundation for its donation. The donation of the genetic analyzer contributes substantially to the normal operation of the Molecular Biology Laboratory of the Hematology and Lymphomas Clinic – Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, constituting another important tool in the early diagnosis and treatment of hematological diseases. We are now pleased to announce that we continue to serve our patients with hematological malignancies, providing all necessary tests for their treatment. “ 

The new analyzer will serve the following hospitals

“EVANGELISMOS”, “G. Gennimatas”, “Sismanogleio”,  “Laiko”, “Ippokratio”, “Metaxa”, “Attikon”, “Agios Savvas”, “Sotiria”, “Agia Olga”, “Agia Sophia”, “Aglaia Kyriakou”, “Aeginitio”, “Elpis”, “KAT”, “Thriassio”, “Agii Anargyri”, “Agios Panteleimon”, Athens Naval Hospital, 251 Air Force General Hospital, 401 General Military Hospital of Athens, “Amalia Fleming”, Athens General Clinic, Metropolitan General, Metropolitan, Iaso, Ygia, Euroclinic, University Hospital of Heraklion, Crete, “Venizelio” (Heraklion, Crete),  “Agios Georgios” Chania, University Hospital of Rio (Rio, Patras), “Agios Andreas” Patras Hospital, University Hospital of Ioannina, University Hospital of Larissa,  “Vostaneio” Hospital (Mytilene), Tripoli Hospital, Kalamata Hospital, Corfu Hospital, Rhodes Hospital.



Aurora was founded in June 2018 inspired by the need to improve care for patients and offer support to their families, and the desire to increase patient survival rate. Its main objective is to support specialized medical centres in Greece and beyond, and promote the development of research in the field of oncohematology, constantly promoting dialogue and exchange of views within global academia.

For detailed information on the vision, mission and objectives of Aurora-Together Against HematologicalDiseases, please visit: www.aurora.gr

About the Paul and Alexandra Canellopoulos Foundation

Since its inception, the Paul and Alexandra Canellopoulos Foundation supports actions that promote culture, education and social solidarity. The founders were members of the family of the founders of the Titan Cement Company. For more information visit www.pacf.gr

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Support of the concert to be held at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus on September 14, 2022 by the Association of public benefit organizations “Together for Children”, featuring the singer Alkistis Protopsalti. Proceeds from the concert will be donated exclusively to support the Association’s public benefit organizations.

In recognition of the public benefit work carried out by the “Together for Children” Association, the Foundation’s Board unanimously decided to assist in organizing the concert with the amount of 20,000 euros.


In the framework of their multi-level action plan for the prevention and protection from forest fires, Pavlos and Alexandra Canellopoulos Foundation and TITAN Group offered to the Region of Central Macedonia 2 operational fire coordination and extinguishing vehicles, 15 silo vehicles for the refueling of firefighting vehicles and 1 open water tank for the refueling of aerial means.

The equipment donation program by TITAN Group and Pavlos and Alexandra Canellopoulos Foundation for the response to forest fires, was completed with the delivery to the Region of Central Macedonia of two vehicles for the operational needs of fire coordination and suppression, 15 silo vehicles converted into water tanks and one open water tank for the refueling of aerial and ground firefighting equipment.

At the event held on Monday 29 August, at the TITAN factory in Efkaria, Thessaloniki, the equipment was received by the Vice-Regional Governor of the Metropolitan Unit of Thessaloniki, Voula Patoulidou, while representatives of the Fire Department were also present, Police and volunteer forest firefighters, who had the opportunity to be informed about the overall planning of Pavlos and Alexandra Canellopoulos Foundation and TITAN Group regarding protection from forest fires.

This is a joint initiative of Pavlos and Alexandra Canellopoulos Foundation and TITAN Group, which was developed in 2021, on the occasion of the devastating fires, in order to support in a substantial way the national effort for the restoration of fire-affected areas and to implement prevention actions for the future, through a multi-level and nationwide action plan, totaling €1 million.

The actions of Pavlos and Alexandra Canellopoulos Foundation:

Contribution to the North Evia Reconstruction Programme.
Provision of 2 special fire-fighting and civil protection vehicles for the Region of Central Macedonia.
Preparation and implementation of an educational program for information and awareness raising of citizens on fire prevention, in cooperation with the EEPF.

At the same time, TITAN Group in close and direct cooperation with local authorities contributes through:

Providing a total of 50 silo vehicles, which have been converted into water tanks with a capacity of 30 m³ each, for the refueling of firefighting vehicles in the regions of Attica (specifically West Attica), Western Greece, Central Macedonia, Crete and Central Greece.
3 open water tanks with a capacity of 40 m³ each, which are placed in the company’s quarry facilities in the regions of Western Greece, Central Macedonia, and Central Greece.
Climate risk assessment studies in adjacent areas of the Drepanos, Efkarpia, Kamari plants, in cooperation with the National University of Athens and the National Observatory of Athens, in order to use the valuable knowledge for the proper preparation of all and the avoidance of similar phenomena in the future.

Grant for the continuation of the archaeological research at the Mycenaean Acropolis of Gla in northeastern Kopaida in Boeotia, conducted under the auspices of the Archaeological Society at Athens and directed by Ms Elena Kountouri, Head of the Department of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities of the Ministry of Culture and Sports.

The members of the Board, taking into account the importance of this systematic archaeological research, which aims at the promotion and enhancement of Greek Art and Culture and has archaeological content, unanimously decided to provide a grant of €70.000 for its continuation for the years 2023 to 2026.

Grant to the “Food Bank: Institution Against Hunger” for the purchase of food for immediate consumption, which will be allocated free of charge and exclusively for the purchase and distribution of food to the two new Food Banks in Epirus and Crete for the relief of economically vulnerable people in their local communities. The members of the Board, expressing their appreciation for the charitable work of the non-profit organization, which aims to relieve the weakest and most vulnerable people in Greece, unanimously decided the Foundation to support the Food Bank with the amount of €20.000.


Grant for the support of the major archaeological exhibition on ancient theatre organized by the Museum of Cycladic Art, intended to be presented in the halls of Stathatos Mansion from 27/3/2024 – World Theatre Day, until 15/7/2024.

The exhibition aims to inform about ancient drama from its beginnings as a cultic event to its development and culmination in the highest literary and theatrical genre by focusing on sculptures, vases depicting scenes from the tragedies and a variety of works related to the costumes of the actors, the worship of the Dionysus, the dramatic contests and the sponsors.

The main body of the exhibition consists of approximately 100 objects from Greek museums and will be accompanied by an equally large number of masterpieces from museums and collections abroad. The total number of works to be exhibited will include 15 objects from the Pavlos & Alexandra Canellopoulos Museum.

The members of the Board, recognizing the value of this exhibition for the History and Culture of our country as well as the promotion of Pavlos & Alexandra Canellopoulos Museum, unanimously decided that the Foundation will contribute towards the realization of this exhibition with the total amount of €100.000 distributed equally over 2 years (2023 and 2024).