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Marianna Vardinogiannis Dies Aged 80

Marianna Vardinogiannis
Marianna Vardinogiannis dies at the age of 80 in Athens. Credit: Marianna Vardinogiannis / Instagram

Today, at the age of 80, Marianna Vardinogiannis died. She had been taken to a private hospital in Athens before passing away.

Marianna Vardinogiannis, also known as Marianna Bournaki, was a prominent figure in Greece known for her activism and philanthropic work. As a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, she advocated for the rights of children and families, particularly against child sexual abuse through her Foundation for the Child and the Family.

Additionally, she served as the President of the Elpida Association, an organization supporting children with cancer. Married to Greek shipping magnate Vardis Vardinogiannis, she played a significant role in various charitable initiatives and efforts to improve the lives of those in need.

Marianna Vardinogiannis dies in Athens

The death of the well-known philanthropist and activist was confirmed by an official statement made by the Marianna Vardi Vardinogianni Foundation.

“It is with great sadness that the family of Vardis I. Vardinogiannis announces that beloved wife, mother, and grandmother, Marianna V. Vardinogianni, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, President of the “ELPIDA Association of Friends of Children with cancer”, passed away on Monday, July 24,” the statement read.

The funeral is expected to consist of close friends and family.

Life and career

Marianna Vardinogiannis, born in Athens and raised in Hermione, which holds significance in her family’s heritage, was married to the renowned businessman Vardis I. Vardinogiannis, known for his leadership in Motor Oil and ship ownership. The couple had five children together, including Giannis (born in 1962), Christiana (born in 1964), Nikos (born in 1974), and Vardanna (born in 1976).

Vardinogiannis was a trailblazing philanthropist and activist, making a profound impact on various causes. She founded and presided over the “Foundation for the Child and the Family,” which later became the “Marianna B Foundation Vardinogianni.” Additionally, she played a crucial role in the “ELPIDA” Association, dedicated to supporting children with cancer.

Her dedication to humanitarian efforts extended beyond national borders. She served as a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, advocating for children’s rights and the preservation of culture and civilization since 1999. She was actively involved in various organizations, including the Library of Alexandria’s Board of Directors, the International Women’s Movement for Peace, the International Center for Mentor Foundation against Drugs, and the Foundation “Light of Africa,” headed by the Blessed Patriarch of Alexandria.

Vardinogiannis also showcased her scholarly side by authoring the book titled “Approaching Women’s Identity: Searches in Minoan Society,” published by Livy Publications.

Her impactful work and contributions to society garnered recognition worldwide. The French Presidency honored her as a Knight of the Legion of Honor, and in 2015, she was elevated to the rank of Officer of the Legion of Honor. Furthermore, in 2020, she received the prestigious Nelson Mandela Prize, further solidifying her legacy as an exceptional humanitarian.

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