PARIS — The annual Pan-European Phoneathon of the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund, headed by the Fund’s French affiliate and held during November 19-23, raised over 1.37 million euros in donations and pledges.
The large-scale fundraising campaign mobilized the Armenian communities of France, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium. The Greek community traditionally joined the Phoneathon with their fundraising held in Greece from November 22 to 23.
Throughout the four-day event, 750 volunteers stationed at Orange Telecom call centers in Paris, Marseille, Toulouse, and Lyon reached 60,000 households, businesses, and organizations in the participating countries to request their support.
The Phoneathon was held under the slogan “Talent, charm, and generosity.” The event’s godmother and godfather, fashion model and French Red Cross ambassador Adriana Karembeu and singer Patrick Fiori (Chouchayan), made impassioned appeals for financial contributions toward the realization of vital development projects in the Armenian homeland.
Proceeds form the Phoneathon will be used for the expansion of agricultural projects in Armenia’s Tavush Region, construction of community centers in Artsakh and assistance to the Armenian community of Syria.
The following is the breakdown of donations and pledges by country:
France: 1,246,344 euros
Germany: 71,345 euros
Switzerland: 31,726 euros
Greece 21,000 euros
Belgium 6,000 euros