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Volunteers from Turkiye’yi Temiz Tut gathering at the Oceanwide Properties Office before heading off to clean a forest.

Oceanwide Properties have helped support local charities since 2005. We take our social responsibility seriously and believe in giving something back to the local community when we can. Over the years we have been involved in many local charitable events and become active members of many charities and organisations that help and benefit the Fethiye area.

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Suleyman Akbay with Sheila Tongue (FIG Chairlady) with kids and teachers at a village school. March 2018

HELPING THE LOCAL COUNCIL AND ASSISTING WITH SPECIAL PROJECTS.

In the past, we have helped the local council with a number of special needs cases to assist families really in need. Our help has ranged from supplying the furnishings for a village house that was destroyed in a blast leaving a local family homeless (2015 – read story here), to more recently helping to raise funds for a village school in Kabaagac near Seydikemer, that desperately needed a refit. The school, just 25km from Fethiye, needed chairs, stools, shelves, a kitchen and doors. Suleyman Akbay, Director here at Oceanwide Properties, helped raise awareness of the school’s desperate need for modernisation and organised the funds required with the help of other local businesses and FIG (Fethiye International Group). The refit and new furnishings should be in place early April 2018.

TURKIYE’YI TEMIZ TUT (KEEP TURKEY CLEAN) PROJECT

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Suleyman Akbay helping Turkiye’yi Temiz Tut project

Turkiye’yi Temiz Tut is one of the latest projects Oceanwide Properties has become involved with. Suleyman Akbay now sits on the project committee. The idea is simple, the aim as the name suggests, to Keep Turkey Clean. The idea started after a video produced by Mick Scarsbrook, a foreign resident and environmentalist in Fethiye, went viral. Mick, who has produced many promotional videos in the area, documented the growing litter problem and eventually caught the eye of the local Minister for the Environment. From there, the project has grown quickly with members of the local council, press and volunteers already having cleaned a number of beaches and forests locally. So far, areas of forest around Calis, Gunlukbasi, the Fethiye Peninsular have all benefitted from the program.  On March the 21st, UN National Forestry Day, volunteers and representatives from the local Forestry Department, ran a clean up of a section of the forest towards the back of Calis. Suleyman Akbay, Lyn Ward from Fethiye Times and many other helpers gave their time to pick up litter and clear the area by the cemetery. This was followed by a tree planting event near Gocek. Calis Beach has also received help with many other areas planned for the future. If you would like more information on how you can become involved in the project, please contact us. 

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Mayor Behcet Saatci with Suleyman at the opening of Dukkan Senin shop, March 2018

FETHIYE INTERNATIONAL GROUP (F.I.G).

Launched in November 2003 they were the first international charity in Fethiye. Commonly referred to as ‘FIG’, the organisation was formed by a group of foreigners living in Turkey. They wanted to contribute to their adopted local community. F.I.G is set up under the umbrella of FETAV, a local Turkish charitable foundation. It has developed over the years into a permanent charity that raises money for  local children. F.I.G runs a charity shop in Fethiye where proceeds go towards equipment for schools, providing bursaries for university students and support for medical bills in special cases.
F.I.G is solely run on the support of volunteers, donations, fundraisers and sales from the shop. Oceanwide Properties are firm supporters and have run fundraising events to help profile their activities. Oceanwide Properties have assisted FIG and the Department of Environmental Protection set up a second-hand shop where everything is free. The shop, Dukkan Senin (Your Shop), was opened on March 15th 2018 by Behcet Saatci, Fethiye’s Mayor. The idea is to give underprivileged and needy families in the area access to clothes and textiles. Councils have positioned clothing collection bins on the streets around Fethiye where people can deposit their unwanted items. These are then collected and taken to the shop.

Animal Care Uzumlu (A.C.U)

Since 2018 Oceanwide have been very proud to be able to assist in helping this amazing group of volunteers in our own small way. We have an office in Uzumlu and we have donated space for this worthy cause, in which they are able to run their weekly charity events. Donations are bought in from locals and ex-pats and all proceeds go towards the ongoing care of animals in Uzumlu.

FETAV FETHIYE HAYVAN DOSTLARI (Animal Friends Charity)

Set up in 2016. They are a government animal aid charity. Alongside work helping street animals, they are focused on educating the local community on how to best treat domestic and working animals and wildlife. Oceanwide Properties often attend charitable fundraising events organised by the group. In April 2017 we opened our Uzumlu office to them during the villages famous Morel Mushroom Festival. We allowed volunteers to sell items and crafts to raise money for an animal education centre to be built near Fethiye. Here they will teach school, community and social groups about animal welfare issues so future generations will grow up with a better understanding of how to treat animals.

ANIMAL AID

A charity that has been running in the Fethiye area since 2008. Their mission is to help the many street animals in the area. The organisation is run by volunteers and funded by the money raised from local events and by charitable donations. They carry out wonderful work feeding, catching, spaying and neutering street animals. They help strays that have been injured or are unwell and limit the population in an attempt to keep numbers under control.

If you would like to find out more about the charities mentioned or wish to make a donation, please contact us.