Charities are non-profit making organisations that raise money for areas in need.

These days there are thousands of charities round the world and it is possible to donate money to help people, animals and places.

Here in Fethiye there are a number of charities who raise money for children and animals. The charities are run and supported by both people who have moved here and made Fethiye their home and local Turkish people. Regular visitors to Fethiye also support the charities by bringing over suitcases of donations (contact the charity of your choice to find out how to avoid excess baggage charges for charitable donations)

Here at Fethiye Times we thought it would be useful to run a series of articles letting you know what charities there are, their aims, activities and how you can get involved.

Here is our introduction to local charities part one (part two will be published next week). Please click on the relevant links to find out more about the work each of the charities does and for contact details.

 Fethiye International Group (FIG)

FIG was the first charity in Fethiye dedicated to raising money for the benefit of local children. Since FIG started in 2004 it has grown from a weekly book swap to an active part of the community. Today’s FIG includes a Charity shop, weekly coffee mornings, regular craft fayres and other fundraising events.

The FIG charity shop is located at 132a Süleyman Demirel Blv (Antalya Rd), a short drive or dolmus ride from the Otogar. The opening hours are Monday – Saturday: 11:00 to 15:00

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Fig visit to Kayacık School

Çalış Children’s Charity (3C’s)

Established in 2007, 3C’s organise events to raise money for projects to help needy children in the Çaliş/Fethiye area. 3C’s organise the popular Çalış winter car boot sales, Çalış Christmas and Spring Fairs, various fun events and regular coffee mornings.

3C’s have a charity shop located next to Tom London Bar in Koca Çaliş. The opening hours are: Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11:00 – 14:00.

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Members of 3C’s

Animal Aid (AA)

Animal Aid is a local charity based in Çalış that was established in 2008. It’s aim is to improve the welfare of street animals in Fethiye and surrounding areas. AA runs a Trap, Neuter and Return scheme to prevent the area being overrun with animals as well as fostering and re-homing animals where possible.

They regularly hold table top sales, have stalls at car boot sales and the Christmas Fair and at least once a month have a social event. Recent events include Christmas and Halloween parties, a Beach Party, Blues Cruise, Ascot Night, Karaoke and Quiz evenings.

AA have a charity shop located in Günlükbaşı, Selim Günday Cad. The opening hours are: Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 10.00 – 14:00.

Animal Aid Fethiye

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Kedi Evi

The Animal Aid Fethiye Sokak Kedileri & Kopekleri Hastanesi is a cat shelter located in Çatalarık, between Fethiye and Üzümlü. The shelter looks after ill, abandoned and mistreated street cats and kittens of all ages with a view to getting them rehomed. The volunteers have also recently built a puppy pen to take care of any young or particularly vulnerable puppies that come into the shelter. The shelter is staffed by volunteers and relies heavily on donations and sponsorship.

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Animal Aid Ovacık, Hisarönü, Kayaköy, Ölüdeniz

Animal Aid OHKOD is a local charity who cares for the welfare of street animals in Ovacık and the surrounding areas. (They run under the umbrella of Animai Aid Fethiye but operate separately)

They raise funds for neutering and spaying and try to improve the life of street animals.

They hold regular coffee mornings including stalls with home made cakes, savouries and preserves, household items and bric-a-brac.

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Each of these charities operates legally under the banner of FETAV (Fethiye Tourism, Promotion, Education, Culture and Environment Foundation). They are Non Government Organisations (NGO’s)


Come back next week to find out about Embrace Children’s Health Charity, Üzümlü Goup, Animal Care Üzümlü, Mavi Kuş and Hayvan Dostları