When we first had George (our first donkey in 2005) we had no thoughts that from this humble beginning we would be considering and indeed becoming a registered organization in Greece. But as time passed and more donkeys arrived it became obvious that we needed to progress, to give ourselves the protection of a Non Government Organisation which would also mean that potential supporters were more certain of our status.
So we embarked on the process by finding a solicitor, we were lucky. We found Prodromos Satsanis, who is from North Greece but now works in Ierapetra. He was happy to prepare our paperwork and see it through the court process for €500 which was the court and advertising costs only, so he was working for free.
So the submission, in Greek Katatastiko, was prepared and submitted to the court which is about an hours drive away.
To present the necessary paperwork you must have signatures of 21 people who approve of what you are doing and some want to be part of the 5 person management committee. You must set out your aims and objectives, quite a complex document.
Then we were given a date for the court hearing, which happily we did not have to attend. During this period while Greece was trying to sort out its problems and over a period of 2 years we had 5 separate dates for the hearing. We could not believe that judges went on strike. Court staff went on strike and lawyers were forced to strike when told to by the courts.
Finally a date arrived without a strike predicted but there was a chance that they would strike at some part of the day. Prodromos as ever attended but said that the courts were striking that day. They did at 12 noon but our hearing was 20 minutes before that.
So ‘walk with donkeys sanctuary’ number 850/9-9-2011 was formed.
Cause for celebration – you would think so, but could it be so simple!
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