Turkish Exporters Assembly (TİM) announced that it donated 10 million Turkish Lira to the aid campaign called “İzmir arises from together” launched by İzmir Business World including the Aegean Exporters' Association after the İzmir earthquake. TİM Chairman İsmail Gülle said, “What makes us strong is our unity and the spirit of solidarity. If we are one, “Rising Türkiye With Exports” will not be stopped by disasters, pandemics, or economic pressures. As TİM and our Exporters Unions, we will contribute to this meaningful project that envisions the construction of housing, schools, and social areas.”
Turkish Exporters Assembly (TİM), the only umbrella organization of 95 exporters in Türkiye, has moved to rewind the wounds of İzmir with 61 Exporters' Unions throughout Türkiye. In this context, TİM donated 10 million TL to the called “İzmir arises from together” aid campaign launched by the İzmir Business World. The campaign aims to bring home to the families of those who lost their lives in the earthquake.
“We are next to İzmir with our 61 Union”
TİM Chairman İsmail Gülle, who held a press conference at the Aegean Exporters' Associations, stated that representing the export family of more than 95,000, they stand by the people of İzmir on a difficult day and said, “As the producing face of our country, of course, in this difficult process, without holding the hands of our İzmir, without giving all the support we can, we could not watch this disaster from our corner. We want to be a remedy for the wounds of our brothers who are out of their housing, even though losing lives will not come back. Saying that in 'Barış Pınarı Harekâtı', 'Our troops are our unity', as we sent trucks full of aid to the region, today we stand with our earthquake victim families with the same spirit of togetherness and solidarity.
Expressing that the Heads of the Exporters' Union give unconditional support to this meaningful project at every stage, Gülle said, “The project we support is on the land to be allocated by our Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry; It will be realized in partnership with our Aegean Exporters' Associations, İzmir Chamber of Commerce, Aegean Region Chamber of Industry and İzmir Commodity Exchange. Within the scope of the project, it is planned to build 150 houses, consisting of a school and social facilities. As TİM and our Exporters Union, we will contribute 10 million TL to this meaningful project”.
Gülle continued, “Maybe our wounds will not heal immediately, but to heal the wounds of earthquake survivors, as the Export family, with our 61 Exporters' Union and 13 Secretaries-General; For strong İzmir and strong Türkiye, we will always be here. What makes us strong is our unity and the spirit of solidarity. If we are one, “Rising Türkiye With Exports” will not be stopped by disasters, pandemics, or economic pressures. The pain of our city, which is the heart of our country's economy and exports, is our pain. We know that the flower of us, İzmir, will emerge from this disaster with strength.”
“The campaign is being attracted by all over the world”
Jak Eskinazi, Coordinator of the Aegean Exporters' Associations said, “On 5 November 2020, we launched an aid campaign called “İzmir arises from together” with Aegean Exporters' Associations, İzmir Chamber of Commerce, Aegean Region Chamber of Industry, İzmir Commodity Exchange, İzmir Branch of Chamber of Shipping, Union of Chamber of Merchants and Craftsmen of İzmir, Aegean Industry and Business Associations (ESİAD), Young Businessmen Association of Aegean (EGİAD), and İzmir Industry and Business Association (İZSİAD). Our goal is to quickly rewind İzmir's wounds. The campaign has been attracting attention from all over the world. We set out with a goal of collecting 50 million TL. We also expect to exceed this goal when we see the interest in our campaign in the first two days. When we exceed the target in our campaign, the size of our help will increase. Our president, Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, gave us great support from the very moment. He allocated to us the land on which we will build the houses, free of charge. We strongly participate in the charity campaign with our 61 exporter units throughout Türkiye, led by our Turkish Exporters Assembly that is the umbrella company of 95 exporters throughout Türkiye, and Aegean Exporter Units. I invite our members of the Aegean Exporter Units and all our citizens to participate in the charity campaign and become the spiritual partner of an exemplary project,” he said.
TİM Chairman İsmail Gülle gave the representative cheque for the 10 million TL aid they made for the “İzmir arises from together” campaign to Jak Eskinazi, Coordinator of the Aegean Exporter Units.