Last year in the European Championships which were held in Porec, Croatia, a terrible accident occurred on the tatami resulting in the serious injury of one of our judo family members.
Rising star, Aris Leonidis of Greece suffered a very serious spinal injury, breaking his neck and was immediately operated on before transport was arranged for him to return home to Greece and enter an intensive rehabilitation programme.
He has now been in both KAT General Hospital and ANIMUS Recovery and Rehabilitation Centre experiencing paralysis. While our supportive messages and faith in his recovery are a comfort, in order to really help Aris, he needs our financial support. Anything that you can contribute will go a long way, for us 1€ is not a lot, but if many can make even a small donation it will be life changing for Aris.
The Hellenic Judo Association has assisted the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs to set up a donation account for Aris and we would also like to ask anyone who is able, no matter how little or large, to donate to Aris’ recovery via the EJU contribution channel.
The information for donations are as follows by bank transfer as well a link to donate directly via PayPal;
Beneficiary’s name: EUROPEAN JUDO UNION.
Address: 31/6 Triq San Federiku, Valetta, Malta
Account number: 11763945-03959886 (EUR)
Bank: OTP Bank
Description of payment: Judoka for Judoka
Greek Champion Aris is demonstrating immense courage in this process and we must do all we can to further support him as a dear member of our judo family. As well as donations we ask that you share this with your family, friends, judo clubs in a bid to raise as much awareness for Aris’ situation as possible.
Thank you, European Judo Union.
Author: Thea Cowen