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Urgent Appeal By IM Melia Salome

  • SonofPearl
  • on 3/5/13, 10:39 AM.

Melia_Salome cropped.jpgOne of the competitors at the Women's World Team Championships in Kazakhstan is Melia Salome (pictured), representing second seeds Georgia.

Melia played her first game of the tournament in the second round, where she defeated Natacha Benmesbah to help the Georgian team to a 3½-½ victory over France.

In an interview conducted after the game and published at the official championship website, Melia explained that she is playing under special circumstances - see the except below.

You’ve mentioned some special circumstances in your life which makes this tournament very special for you. Can you please share with us what happened?

I don’t want people to exaggerate and make a tragedy but the situation is quite difficult for me. I have a daughter (4 months old) who has got health problem – heart disease. I’m not playing only for the team here, I also play for money because I want her alive. The operation cost big money.

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Salome, can you tell us how expensive is the operation and where the surgery must take place?

The operation is very complex and, unfortunately, it’s impossible do make it in Georgia. We need to go to Germany, where the operation costs 60,000 euros. We received a response from the USA, but there it costs about a million. Operation should be done before the end of March, but it is difficult to find such amount of money. I really hope that the operation will help, as no one guarantees the result, because it is very difficult to do heart surgery on a child.

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Journalists appeal to the chess community, philanthropists and ask to help Salome Melia in her difficult situation.

You can send money to these account:
Beneficiary: Salome Melia
Number of account: GE57PC0193600100007067
Bank code (SWIFT): MIBGGE22
Name of bank: ProCredit Bank, Tbilisi, Georgia
address of bank: 21 Al. Kazbegi Ave., 0160 Tbilisi, Georgia.

EDIT: There is now a PayPal account setup for donations.  Use the email:

hkiss@web.de

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  • 21 months ago

    Czechman

    rasparovov, Shut up with your politicizing and donate.

  • 21 months ago

    blackrabbitto

    PayPal is dead easy, safe and very quick to use (if you already have an account with funds in it). 

    I've  sent two payments, one from me and one from a friend.

     
  • 21 months ago

    Rasparovov

    @Kydex30 Glory to the people who donated, God had nothing to do with this.
    If anything he gave the kid the disease. 

  • 21 months ago

    APawnCanDream

    Is there a possible way to find out which hospital in Germany they are wanting to do the surgery? I'd like to write to the hospital also.

  • 21 months ago

    holytramp

    I hazard to guess that Olena Prusikin is a relative (wife?) of GM Michael Prusikin 

  • 21 months ago

    DappledThing

    Just donated.

    "God is the silence of the universe and man is the cry that gives meaning to that silence." - José Saramago

  • 21 months ago

    NM Mvpag

    Just sent $20 via Paypal, and selected "Personal Payment". Paypal only charged $0.40 fee. It was very easy. Good luck to Melia.

  • 21 months ago

    ChocolateTeapot

    Here are some information about PayPal:

    1. It does not operate in all countries, and I doubt that it operates in Georgia. This means that Georgian residents cannot normally open PayPal accounts.
    2. Accounts can be set up to accept micropayments. These attract lower fees for small donations.
    3. Forget about making a Swift transfer to a foreign bank in Georgia. The fees at both ends will be too high.
  • 21 months ago

    Kydex30

    I, too, have posted the appeal on my Facebook account. What a joy to see the chess community reaching out like this! Glory to God.

  • 21 months ago

    tabbycat

    This seems genuine - I have also posted the link on my Facebook page - I suggest everyone do the same.

  • 21 months ago

    APawnCanDream

    Although it isn't needed it'd be great if we had an estimate on how much is left to reach the 60,000 euros needed.

  • 21 months ago

    SonofPearl

    To those who are doubtful (and it pays to be careful of possible scams), the email address for paypal donations has been published at the official website that is covering the competition in where Melia is playing.

    I presume that Melia is using the existing account of another person since setting up her own paypal account at short notice would have taken some time.

    http://goo.gl/PSLJh

  • 21 months ago

    CM asmund_hammerstad

    It looks real: 

    http://astana2013.fide.com/

  • 21 months ago

    trakoz

    May the Divine Providence protect all ...

    http://www.dlshq.org/download/download.htm

  • 21 months ago

    tabbycat

    I hope this is not a scam! I just donated money to the paypal account - this account belongs to Olena Prusikin. - Is this correct? I thought it was the Beneficiary: Salome Melia

  • 21 months ago

    APawnCanDream

    I sent $20. I wish you all the best Melia Salome and family!

  • 21 months ago

    _valentin_

    SonofPearl:  Could you please update the article to state that there is a PayPal account setup (in fact, at least two by now).  It's apparent from the posted comments that a number of readers do not notice the updates of information many of us are posting in the comments section, and thus potential donors are being deterred (by seeing only a bank account overseas in the main article).

    Thank you!

  • 21 months ago

    SHRDLU

    OK, I just donated some money on the paypal account hkiss@web.de. This account belongs to Olena Prusikin. I guess that is the woman sitting right to Salome Melia in the video above?

  • 21 months ago

    yoursisnodisgrace

    Transfer money as a friend and then there is no pay pal fee.

  • 21 months ago

    Czechman

    resen - Pay attention, PayPal account has been opened.
    hkiss@web.de 

    Dotate as a Personal Gift and pay the fee yourself... less than $1 in many cases.

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