‘A sound mind in a sound body’ is the English translate in of a famous quotation by the pre-Socratic Greek philosopher Thales (Miletus, 624 – 546 BC), demonstrating the close links between physical exercise, psychological equilibrium and also the capability to gain life.

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I had the chance to get connected in the organization of two exciting sport events by the british Embassy Athens in the past two months, every within different contexts yet still with necessary similarities. Personal from building up ours fitness levels, both events were effective in their very own respect, in state of crucial messages, authorized numbers and the quantity of public they attracted.

Sport Relief Charity operation took ar on Sunday 18 March at Alsos Sygrou Park, a to meet with historic significance because that Athens as its 97 hectare estate to be bequeathed to the city much more than 80 years ago by Iphigenia Syngrou because that the function of “training an excellent farmers and also gardeners”, through the condition that no roads should be built within the area.

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More 보다 300 civilization participated, all coming from a broad selection of ages, nationalities and also fitness levels. One extra feel-good factor was the an excellent sunshine, which made the operation in the blossoming park even an ext enjoyable – and decorated some of us with the very first suntan point out of the year.

On the Sunday at 10 to be sharp, runners and walkers gathered at the starting line waiting for the sound the the hooter, which was organized by the brothers Ambassador Dr David Landsman. And also at this point I should point out the important duty of our partners, the hashers , xpatathens.com, English schools, expat sporting activities associations and of food skai.gr for supporting our comms efforts and spreading words to expat communities and also our regional audience.

At the finish of the run we were every happy to count donations amounting to practically 2000 euros, which basically made sports Relief Athens 2012 a good success. The event’s beneficiary organisation to be NGO ‘ The smile of the Child’, a registered non-profit, non-governmental organisation because 1996, targeting the serious troubles of kids in-need living in Greece.

‘Running because that charity’ is no as generally used for fundraising in Greece, together it is the case in the UK. There is no Greek identical organisation to sport Relief and one could say that the brothers Embassy led the way for more such occasions in the future. And also we were definitely not alone on this one as sports Relief went worldwide for the an initial time with British diplomatic staff in practically 70 countries joining in the UK-based sports Relief campaign by to run a mile to raise money for deserving charities.

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Shortly after ~ that, and also in the run as much as the London 2012 Olympic and also Paralympic Games, we could see an amazing Olympic milestone getting closer and also closer. ‘Another chance for a great run’ one could think but this time organised at the birthplace that the modern Olympic Games.

In stimulate to mark the day, 10 brave members of brother Embassy staff were put to the difficulty of to run (at least) 100 metres at Kalimarmaron Stadium, wearing your 100 job to walk branded t-shirts.That was every in a cold merganser Wednesday morning, with the weather adding a brothers flavour come our activity. The brothers Embassy in Athens joined an additional 99 brothers missions approximately the world to mark to 100 days come go before the UK starts the celebrations.

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Indeed, the selection of venue can not have been much more appropriate 보다 the Kalimarmaron stadium. That is an impressive historical site at the centre of Athens, rebuilded in 1896 for the organisation of the first modern Olympic Games and will also be the place for the main ceremony come hand over the Olympic fire to London 2012 ~ above 17 May.

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The next day the Olympic flame will take trip to the UK, flying from Athens top top a distinct liveried aircraft and will then begin its journey on the Torch Relay throughout the UK. Anyone in Athens on that day is welcome to attend the handover ceremony in ~ the Kallimarmaron and also celebrate v us the beginning of the British foot of the Olympic torch relay. Much more on London 2012 soon, so store watching this space.