Monday, December 12, 2011
Oh. Dear. Me. The things I learnt. It turns out that to declare sales profit or cut anyone a receipt on a piece of handmade ANYTHING you must be on TEBE the freelancers insurance. And that'll cost ya. Over 300 Euro a month. Otherwise you can sell illegally. Or sell nothing. This applies for all freelancers. No matter what you are making, you better cough up the cash each month or your right to work will be taken from you. In the past month, a guest house in my dad's village has closed its business as it cannot afford to pay TEBE. An excellent graphic designer I know has had to close shop, and other friends in production and yoga teaching are struggling to make the payments just so that if some work does come up, they will be employable. No wonder people with dual nationality are shutting down their personal businesses and finding ways to re-start them based in another country. With so many people being made redundant and the government making it so bloody difficult to sustain self-employment, no wonder homelessness in the streets of Athens has reached new dizzy heights.
So I have decided to sell my owl coin parliament. And give all the money to Klimaka. Klimaka is an NGO that provides shelter, food, counselling and medical assistance to the homeless people of Athens. Everyone I have spoken to there is so nice, they work largely with volunteers and whatever money is donated is used directly to buy supplies. They even let you know exactly what they have bought, if you like. Of course the amount raised will be published. I have arranged an appointment next Wednesday 21st December to visit the shelter and bring the owl bazaar proceeds. If anyone would like to come with me please do! I have posted detailed pics of the owls that are for sale here. If you are interested in buying one please contact me on email@example.com and I will give you the details. Or if you know me and its easier send me a personal message on facebook . If you are not based in Greece but would like one please bear in mind that the post may not be able to fly them to you in time for Christmas, but I will pay for their travel expenses. XXX