On January 12, 2018, an honorary plaque was awarded to the Greek SSIO by the Department of Social Welfare of Attica Region of the Ministry of Labor, Social Insurance and Social Solidarity, for the selfless service offered by the members to the Medical Center for Chronic Diseases at Agia Varvara, Athens, and the Recovery & Rehabilitation Center of Children with Disability at Voula of Attica.

On behalf of the Greek SSIO, Ms. Maria Filippakou-Sofikiti (Athens Sai Center Chairperson) received the award and said:

“Dear President of the Department of Social Welfare,

Thank you very much for the honorary award to our Organisation. Every one of our volunteers has a common goal: to love, serve and respect every being. It is our duty to meet the needs of the distressed and alleviate their pain regardless of religion, race or colour. The most important activity of each of our volunteers is to serve our fellow human beings. We must realize the truth that God has given us this body in order to love all and serve all. It is a pleasure for us to engage in activities which alleviate human suffering. On behalf of the Greek SSIO thank you very much for this hon​​​​orary award.”