NEWS AND INFORMATION
Since January 2016 we have been publishing snippets of Gaia news/information, on this page, instead of a detailed monthly review of Gaia's work. The items are roughly in date order, with the newest first.
There is more about Gaia 's work providing for the welfare and protection of our community, in the GAIANEWS archive.
Prompt action by Gaia limited the fire damage at Paralos : At dawn on May 18th, fire broke out at the Paralos Beach Bar on Kalogria beach in Stoupa. Gaia volunteers responded very rapidly - 3 vehicles and 10 volunteers rushed to the area. Finally, they managed to bring the fire under control, and at the very last minute, managed to save the two adjacent bars that are right next to the store that was destroyed. However, despite Gaia's best efforts, there was still significant damage. The holiday shop, store room with all the seasonal goods, food and drink supplies, and the bar's coolers were destroyed. Two families rely on the revenue from the shop & beach bar, and urgently need help. An appeal for funds has been set up. You can make a contribution through GOFUNDME - REBUILDING PARALAOS. Yanni & Panagos will appreciate any help you can give (May 2017)
A busy day for Gaia 4 incidents within 24 hours! : On May2/3rd, Gaia volunteers were called to transfer a patient from Kastania to the Ag Nikolaos Health Centre and then on to Kalamata Hospital. They rescued a man in Riglia who had been badly injured in a fall, gave him 1st Aid, transferred him to the Ag Nikolaos Health, and then also took him to hospital. Gaia fire fighters were called to Kardamyli, after a report of a low intensity fire in an inaccessible area. However, when they arrived there was no sign of it. As fires can be treacherous, they waited for some time to make sure it did not flare up. Finally Gaia were called to Exochori , when neighbours found an elderly man who they thought was unconscious. However, when volunteers checked, they found no pulse, and recorded his death. (May 2017)
The fire season & Gaia's 'WISH LIST' : Gaia are getting ready for the fire season which starts on May 1st. Preparation includes keeping their rescue skills up to date. On April 7th, Gaia volunteers took part in a joint exercise with the Kalamata Fire Service. Its object was to extinguish fire in an urban public gathering place, while rescuing trapped/injured persons.The exercise consisted of climbing and abseilling with the surviving person on a stretcher, using an aerial rescue platform, and sliding the rescue stretcher down a cable and, of course, putting out the fire! More pictures kalamat gr
Meanwhile, Gaia's coffers are running low. They have had a lot of expenses for the 2 new vehicles (Medical & Fire). Money is always welcome but here is their GAIA WISH LIST .for anyone who may be able to contribute material things. Even if Gaia do not currently need some items, thay can either pass them on to other voluntary groups, or sell them to raise funds. (April 2017)
'New' fire truck ready for action: The Unimog fire truck has been given a facelift and is now ready for action. It was donated to Gaia last year, and is a much needed** replacement for one of their aging fire trucks. Fortunately Gaia has had few fire calls recently, but having a more efficient and reliable vehicle ready before the fire season starts on May 1st, is a relief, and will be safer for the volunteer firefighters. For more pictures see Gaia Ethelontesmanis
**July 2016 Replacement fire trucks needed :- Both fire trucks are getting old and unreliable, and need replacing. One in particular, which came from Austria in 2007 (over 40 years old!) is now in urgent need of replacement. It is slow(maximum speed 40kph) its pump is unreliable, and the brakes are poor. (March 2017)
Who/What is Gaia ? A video photo collage of Gaia people and events. Whether it is reminders of events over the last few years or an introduction to what Gaia is, for people new to the area,this short video shows the many and varied ways Gaia is involved in the W Mani community, and all done by volunteers with donated money and supplies from both within Greece and from friends of Gaia in other countries .GAIA IN W MANI (February 2017)
Cleaning up after transport: Since Christmas, Gaia volunteers have already had to deal with 3 fires, despite the wet weather. These were not serious, but all take their toll on equipment. Gaia's new vehicle for medical emergenct transport has also been in demand. Since the beginning of December, Gaia have been called out three times to provide emergency transport for patients, because there was no ambulance available. But the call out does not end with the transport. After the patient has been delivered safely, the vehicle has to be thoroughly cleaned - another behind the scenes job for volunteers! kostas.xydeas (January 2017)