Updated Monday 05 October

On Friday 18 September, Storm Ianos hit the southern Ionian islands of Zakynthos, Kefalonia and Ithaca. Categorised as a medicane, Ianos ravaged the islands with winds, rainfall and storm surges unrivalled in strength in recent history.

A state of emergency was declared and a clean up operation is now underway. Power has been restored to nearly all areas and streets cleaned and cleared of debris. Life has begun to return to normality but there is much work to do, especially on Ithaca and in the small community of Assos on Kefalonia, where a rockslide buried cars and cut the village off.

It has been heartbreaking for the islanders to witness this devastation and for us to see such beautiful communities so deeply affected. For Cheryl, Amy, Maria, Lilia and Graeme - our team on the ground - the emotions are raw.

Our hosts at the Apollonia Studios in Assos, the Menegatos family have set up an appeal to raise 50,000 Euros to help fund the clean up effort in the village - £42,476 has been raised to date. A further campaign has been established to raise funds for the island as a whole, with £33,000 raised.

IthacaGreece.com have established an appeal for assistance to help rebuild the lost fishing communities and to repair roads, power cables, to clear debris and to provide much needed water and clothing for affected residents. You can view details and learn about the appeal here.

Sunvil is supporting the relief effort and we know that many of you may wish to contribute too. These islands are jewels, loved by our travellers and our team, and we want to help them recover as soon as possible; this year has already been very difficult due to the reduction in international visitor numbers.

We will continue to update our website with the latest situation and local appeals. 

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog. We know that you, like us, are passionate about Greece and we will send your thoughts and wishes to our partners.

Yours sincerely,

Chris Wright

Rock slide, Assos, Kefalonia Rock slide, Assos, Kefalonia
I love Kefalonia sign, Argostoli harbour, Kefalonia I love Kefalonia sign, Argostoli harbour, Kefalonia
Chris Wright

By Chris Wright

5th October 2020



Chris Wright
Chris Wright

Chris is the Sunvil Group’s managing director and is not only responsible for the overall running of the company, the welfare of its staff, the fabric of the building, the efficient working of its computer systems but also for overseeing and contracting much of the accommodation on the GIC The Villa Collection programme. He is a very hands on managing director, a friend and helper to all, mad on aircraft and indefatigable. Chris joined The Greek Islands Club in 1993, after two years running a scouts’ holiday camp in Wales. He was responsible for maintaining The Club’s sailing boats on Paxos and generally acting as a rep for the villas. Sunvil Inherited Chris on purchasing GIC in 1998 and his abilities were quickly realised. He well deserves the top job.

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