Residents of and visitors to the south Aegean town of Fethiye who pulled together to support the families of the miners who perished in the tragic events that occurred in Soma near Manisa, Turkey on 13th May have extended their helping hand.

The initial fund raising generated a massive 45,000 TL in cash and donated provisions and other items.

Soma Today, Soma Tomorrow

A new initiative launched by two local Expat bar owners and their friends plans to develop an ongoing support network between Fethiye and Soma.

Ian Offler and Nigel Robertson, from Fethiye’s Kısmet Bar, two of the leading people that helped to raise funds via the British expat community, were encouraged to set up the new support network after visiting Soma to deliver the donated goods and provisions on 31st May.

They were particularly struck at how hard the tragedy had struck the nearby small village of Elmadere where eleven men lost their lives out of a population of less than 500.

Images from the visit to Soma and Elmadere
Images from the visit to Soma and Elmadere

Strong Support

The initiative which is called ‘Soma Tomorrow’ and will work with Fethiye International Group (FIG) as one of Fethiye’s recognised charitable bodies to ensure it meets all the statutory requirements.

The funds will be used to help with education costs for the children of Elmadere and to provide training courses for the widows of the eleven men.

Nigel and Ian said:

This will help the families now, at this most difficult time, but will also give them more opportunities for tomorrow and the future.

The new initiative has the full backing of the town’s governor, Ekrem Çalık, FETAV manager, Dilek Dinçer, Muğla’s City Council Chairman (and Honorary British Consul), Mustafa Şıkman, the Fethiye Belediye, and its mayor, Behçet Saatçı.

Muğla’s City Council Chairman (and Honorary British Consul), Mustafa Şıkman and Fethiye governor, Ekrem Çalık helping to load the aid truck supplied by Fethiye Council on 30th May
Muğla’s City Council Chairman (and Honorary British Consul), Mustafa Şıkman and Fethiye governor, Ekrem Çalık helping to load the aid truck supplied by Fethiye Council on 30th May

Donate, Give or Help

If you would like to support the ‘Soma Tomorrow’ initiative donations can be made via Fethiye International Group or the Kısmet Bar located near the Fethiye town square.

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