Phone-a-thon for Armenian charity held in Europe ahead of 24-hour Thanksgiving Day Telethon

Phone-a-thon for Armenian charity held in Europe ahead of 24-hour Thanksgiving Day Telethon

The Hayastan All-Armenian Fund’s Pan-European Phoneathon, the organization’s second major annual fundraising event, kicked off on November 15 to continue through November 18.

According to the official website of the Fund, throughout the event, over 700 Armenian and non-Armenian volunteers from France, Germany, Switzerland, and Belgium will make phone appeals, with calls going out 12 hours a day. Stationed in Paris, Lyon, Marseille, Nice, and Toulouse, the callers will contact Armenian families, businesses, and organizations across Europe to request financial support for the ongoing development of Armenia and Artsakh, as well as emergency relief for the Syrian-Armenian community.

Complementing the main Phoneathon activities in France will be the Armenian communities of the Netherlands, Greece, and Sweden, also Brazil and Argentina, all of which will contribute to the fundraising effort through locally-held phone drives.

The Phoneathon will benefit the construction of community centers in villages throughout Artsakh and comprehensive agricultural development in Armenia’s Tavush Region. In addition, a part of the proceeds will be dedicated to providing urgent aid to the Syrian-Armenian community.

This year the Phoneathon will be hosted by soccer star Youri Raffi Djorkaeff, who helped secure the 1998 FIFA World Cup and Euro 2000 championship for the French national team; and Daniel Bilalian, director of sports programming with France TÈlÈvisions.

Phoneathon have been held annually since 2000 and totally over these years 20,800 donors have donated around 10 million euros.

Our Village Telethon – the main fundraising event of the year, a live 12 hour program – is set to air on Thanksgiving Day, November 22, 2012.