Welcome to “Pioneering Greeks”, the weekly column of GTP Headlines, which highlights the Greeks that stand out for their creative thinking in the business world. “Pioneering Greeks” is a collaboration between LoveGreece.com and Greek Travel Pages (GTP).
This week we introduce Tzanetos Antypas, the president of Praksis, a non profit organization that aims to plan, apply and implement humanitarian programs and medical interventions. Eliminating the social and economic exclusion of vulnerable social groups and defending their personal and social rights is in the center of Praksis’ actions.
Tzanetos is a man of action, not a man who stays in theory. That’s why as president of Praksis he provides humanitarian and medical support — without making any discrimination — to many people that are victims of social or economical exclusion, such as poor and homeless Greeks or immigrants, narcotic addicts, children that work illegally and victims of trafficking.
He firmly believes that in order to change things, “we should first change ourselves”. And he is trying to convey this belief to the some 500 volunteers and 160 employees of Praksis throughout Greece. Although Praksis is not financed by the Greek government, Tzanetos has managed to cooperate with other foreign organizations, such as “Save Children” in Italy and “AGIS TA TERRE” in France, to prevent the trafficking of children.
Praksis implements programs throughout Greece and mostly in Attica, Central Macedonia, Lesvos Island and Patras area. Moreover, its mobile medical units travel to the Northern Aegean islands, to the Dodecanese, as well as to Northern Greece.
Praksis also participates in many networks on national and European level.
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Εμπνευσμένο από τον δυναμισμό και τη δημιουργικότητα του ελληνικού επιχειρηματικού πνεύματος, το LoveGreece ιδρύθηκε το 2013 σαν μια πρωτοβουλία για την ενίσχυση και την προώθηση της εικόνας της χώρας στο εξωτερικό, παρουσιάζοντας ταλαντούχους Έλληνες με εξωστρεφή νοοτροπία. Οι Έλληνες επιχειρηματίες αποτελούν σημαντικό παράγοντα της χώρας που αξίζει να παρουσιαστεί σε όλο τον κόσμο. Το LoveGreece υποστηρίζεται από την Τζίνα Μαμιδάκη, Πρόεδρο του Ιδρύματος Γ. & Α. Μαμιδάκη.