FRIENDS OF GREECE – BEST BUDDIES GREECE.
The “FRIENDSHIP WALK” is coming back strongly, after an absence of two years, and will be held for the 7th year by Best Buddies Greece and under the auspices of the Municipality of Athens, on Saturday, October 1, 2022 at 10:00 a.m., with the meeting point Syntagma Square and with the slogan “With every step together, you change a life!”.
All over the world the FRIENDSHIP WALK has been established as the largest walk of friendship, love and acceptance of people with mental and/or other developmental difficulties. It is a big celebration, where hundreds of citizens, volunteers & PWDs participate, accompanying their Friends. It is an event where dance, rhythm and music take center stage!
The organization FILARAKIA ELLADAS – Best Buddies Greece has been operating since 2011 with our vision of social change through the social inclusion of the disabled. Best Buddies is the only global organization that advocates Friendship as a means of supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
To reach the realization of our vision we are taking steps, carrying out the FRIENDSHIP WALK in recent years. The aim is to raise the awareness of society in matters of social integration of the disabled and acceptance of diversity. This is how we fight social stigma, strengthen inclusion and embrace diversity!
We invite you all to participate in the “FRIENDSHIP WALK – Athens 2022” and to support our work, in this open action.
📍 The “FRIENDSHIP WALK” will start from Syntagma Square and end in Monastiraki (via the pedestrian street of Ermou).
All events are interactive!
In Pl. Syntagma there will be booths with Best Buddies Greece material, while as part of the event there will be parallel actions with dance, music, face painting, stilts & many surprises! The program in detail:
*Participation is free for everyone!
09:30 Arrival time – Check in
10:00 Start of Action Pl. Syntagma (audience information, face painting, distribution of balloons, distribution of treats – will continue until and before the start of the walk)
10:20 Welcome-Speech of New Members of the Best Buddies Ambassadors group
10:30 Capoeira Group – Capoeira – Jacobina Arte
11:00 Dance Group – Casa De Arte Kabeiria
11:30 Percussion Group – Quilombo
11:45 Start of the Friendship Walk
12:20 Arrival Pl. Monastiraki (dance acts and interaction with the audience)
13:00 End of event in Monastiraki square
During the event, all health measures to protect the spread of Covid-19, as defined by the General Secretariat of Civil Protection, will be observed. The use of a mask is recommended throughout the event.