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Marianna V. Vardinoyannis

Hope (elpida in Greek) is a very powerful word.  A very fundamental concept.  It exudes optimism and consolation, aspiration and expectation, positive thinking as regards the present and the future.  If we chose to give the name “ELPIDA” to our Association of Friends of Children with Cancer, it was precisely because we wanted to convey the message that science and social interest can enhance and change the lives of sick children and fill them with hope for the future.

Twenty years after “ELPIDA” was founded, we are in the fortunate position of being able to state with certainty that this hope has become a happy reality for hundreds of children.  It has become new life.  A hopeful life.  And that the word “hope” has become for our Association an even more powerful concept since it incorporates humanity, solidarity, generosity, hard work and selfless contribution, since its message encompasses social mobilization.

All the members of the Association have undertaken a single commitment: that in a changing world, in the new Europe that is being born, the hope for a better life for sick children will always remain alive.  Hope for life.  Stand for life.  Act for life.


Marianna V. Vardinoyannis
UNESCO Good Will Ambassador
President of the "ELPIDA" Association

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News from "Elpida"


The "ELPIDA" Association of Friends of Children with Cancer is moving its offices temporarily. For your convenience we may be reached at the following phone numbers...


Support of the Volunteer Bone Marrow Bank "Vision of Hope"

Athenian society has once again responded to the President of the "Vision of Hope", Mrs Marianna V. Vardinoyannis’ call to support the Volunteer Bone Marrow Donors’ campaign. An event held on Monday, 17 October, 2016 at the Officers Club of the Armed Forces in Athens...


Turkish Film Festival is dedicated to "ELPIDA"

On Thursday, 13 October, 2016 the Turkish Film Festival opened at the Cacoyannis Foundation. The festival, dedicated to the Association of Friends of Children with Cancer "ELPIDA", was instigated by the Turkish Ambassador to Greece, Mr Kerim Uras...


"ELPIDA" salutes the Turkish Ambassador to Greece and his wife

A few days before the end of his mandate as Turkish Ambassador to Greece, Mr. Kerim Uras, was honoured in a special farewell ceremony organised by the Association of Friends of Children with Cancer "ELPIDA"...


Turkish Film Days

Athens, Thursday, September 29, 2016. Lovers of Turkish cinema will have the opportunity to enjoy noted movies by prominent directors of contemporary Turkish cinema as part of the three-day Turkish Film Festival at the Michael Cacoyannis Foundation...


"ELPIDA" honours its allies

On Wednesday, 28 September, 2016 many friends and supporters of the Association of Friends of Children with Cancer "ELPIDA" were honoured at a special ceremony at the Oncology Unit in Goudi. The Association’s President and President of the "Vision of Hope" Association, Mrs Marianna V. Vardinoyannis was on hand, along with the Director of the "Aghia Sofia" Children’s Hospital, Manolis Papasavvas...


"ELPIDA" honours the PISTI (Faith) Association

In a solemn ceremony on Wednesday, September 29, 2016 at the Oncology Children's Unit in Goudi, the KETH Daily Care Clinic, upon the recommendation of the President of the Association of Friends of Children with Cancer "ELPIDA", and the "Vision of Hope" Association, Mrs Marianna V. Vardinoyannis, was renamed Christos Vlachos Wing...


ELPIDA Scholarships

Within the framework of the multi-faceted support provided by the “ELPIDA” Association to children with neoplastic diseases and in collaboration with educational groups, we have procured two very important offers for our children...

  • Support the work of the Assosiation
  • Become a bone marrow donor!