By Stefanos Evripidou
PRESIDENT Nicos Anastasiades thanked the British government last night for the timely and “genuine” show of solidarity displayed to Cyprus after the Eurogroup crisis hit the island.
Speaking at the British High Commissioner’s residence during a National Day reception, the president referred to the “dynamic relationship” between Cyprus and the UK, “based on the extensive contacts between our peoples and our mutually beneficial socioeconomic interests that have continuously been developing throughout the years”.
He expressed his appreciation to the British government “for the genuine show of solidarity displayed immediately during our time of need through the provision of much-needed technical assistance by the UK Treasury towards the restructuring and resolving of our banks”.
“This proof of tangible support has been of paramount value and I wish to convey my personal gratitude,” he added.
The High Commissioner, Matthew Kidd, and his wife, Carine, hosted a reception at their residence last night for all those involved in volunteerism, tying the event with a celebration of Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday.
Speaking at the reception, Anastasiades commended the High Commission “for the magnificent initiative to dedicate this year’s reception to the noble cause of volunteerism and for contributing to its altruistic goals by donating part of the budget of this happy event in support of charitable purposes”.
Earlier, Kidd presented a €3,000 cheque to the Angaliazo charity organisation based in Nicosia as High Commission staff joined volunteers to help pack food parcels for the needy during the ongoing economic crisis.
Kidd also delivered parcels brought to the High Commission by children of the Ayios Andreas and Engomi elementary schools.
“This is our small way of being able to give something back and show our respect for what volunteers are doing to help Cyprus overcome today’s problems,” said Kidd.
The British diplomat said it was “heartwarming” to see so many of the High Commission staff joining the volunteers at Angaliazo, an initiative by three Nicosia citizens, Eleni Yiorkadjis, Erica Vasileiou and George Floros.
Angaliazo is a charity organisation supported by the Nicosia Municipality which “adopts” families in need by taking full care of their everyday food needs.
“We wanted to find a way to pay tribute to the many volunteers across Cyprus, whom the High Commission has come across, and to those who have helped out as sponsors and supporters of volunteering. This is our way of saying thank you,” added Kidd.