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KAE International Movers sponsors The Penny Marathon

Aug 06, 2013
EUROMOVERS member KAE International Movers is to sponsor the 2013 Penny Marathon to be held in Athens on 14 July.

The event, which is now in its second year, aims to raise awareness of the plight of stray and abused dogs and cats in Greece and beyond.  A parallel event will also take place in Sydney Australia highlighting the fact that animal neglect and cruelty is a worldwide problem.

The Penny Marathon, named in memory of a small stray dog who died of neglect and hunger in Athens, first took place in July 2012. A small group of passionate animal lovers ran and cycled the 42 km from Marathon to Athens on the hottest day of summer. "We never expected people to get behind the marathon as much as they have," said organiser Ellie Prodromou, from Sydney. "The idea to run the original route in Greece in summer was a way to get friends and family to donate a modest amount to help animal shelters pay some bills."

Once word got out, Ellie and her sister, Pep, were joined on the day by other runners, as well as cyclists and a host of volunteers in Greece who wanted to contribute in some way. The 2012 marathon was completed in 4.5 hours, and the team was invited to cross the finishing line at Kallimarmaro Stadium, the site of the modern Olympic Games.

In addition to raising awareness of adoption and neutering programmes and educating the public about acceptable behaviour towards companion animals, The Penny Marathon is a way to honour the work of volunteers who step up where inhumane or apathetic systems fail.

These issues hit home for Ellie when she worked as a journalist in Europe. "There are stray cats and dogs on every street corner in Greece, trying to get out of the cold or find some food. And beyond the indifference and neglect, there's also the abuse and brutality," she said.

For more information, visit The Penny Marathon on Facebook.

 

Picture: Despina and Eleftheria Prodromou from KAE International Movers

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