PAOK and Kaizen Gaming pay a visit to the «Melissa» Orphanage
The 27 girls living at the “Melissa” Orphanage in Panorama, Thessaloniki were treated to a special visit from PAOK, as part of the club’s corporate social responsibility program PAOK Action, in collaboration with Kaizen Gaming, the largest GameTech company in Greece.
Andrija Zivkovic and Zivko Zivkovic, along with representatives of the Kaizen Gaming family, visited the girls staying at the «Melissa» orphanage, bringing smiles and gifts with them. Adhering to the health and safety protocals for COVID-19, the Double-headed Eagle players and the Kaizen Gaming staff chatted with the residents and posed for photographs, while also handing out gifts.
The unprecedented living conditions that we continue to experience due to the pandemic have affected our whole way of life, and they also determined the kinds of gifts offered to the girls. The aspect of distance learning that has become so important to the children’s lives in the last nine months has drastically changed the educational process, and so Kaizen Gaming and PAOK FC decided this year to offer technological equipment to the children of the orphanage, in order to make it easier for them to attend their classes. These gifts were received with great enthusiasm by the girls of «Melissa».
And in the context of their sponsorship for another year, PAOK and Kaizen Gaming continue to collaborate in joint actions that offer joy and hope. The strategic commitment of their cooperation is to listen to the needs of those people in need, and the local community. In the context of this unprecedented situation we live in, every one of us, including corporate entities, are called to function as part of society as a whole and to contribute to it.
With this action, PAOK FC, through its humanitarian arm PAOK Action, kicks off the start of its support for the «Melissa» orphanage, as there are many needs to be met at the institution.
A few words about «Melissa»:
The «Melissa» Orphanage opened its doors in 1921, with the aim of treating orphan boys and girls from the Caucasus. In 1940, the boys were transferred to another facility and since then the institution has hosted girls only. The shelter is home to girls who have been neglected and/or psychologically and physically abused. «Melissa» stands with children at risk, and their philosophy is based on modern pedagogical and psychosocial perceptions.
Mr. Panos Konstantopoulos, the CMO of Kaizen Gaming, talked about a «solidarity offensive» by both Kaizen Gaming and PAOK FC: «From the first moment of our cooperation with PAOK FC, we have pledged to work beyond the narrow limits of stadiums, aiming at actions that touch the whole of society. This is what we have been doing all these years of our cooperation, and this is what we have done this year as well, offering smiles and gifts to the children of the «Melissa» orphanage. These children are undoubtedly the heroes of everyday life. Commitment, Contribution and Responsibility are the elements which have made Kaizen Gaming the company it is today, and it’s those elements that define all of our next steps .»