By Peter Stevenson
ALTHOUGH this year’s annual Radiomarathon only collected less than half the amount of previous years, it had met its target given the current financial crisis, sponsor Bank of Cyprus (BoC) said on Wednesday.
The final tally is expected to reach just above €400,000, a substantial decrease from the €1.15 million collected in 2012.
Radiomarathon has been running for 24 years. The BoC this year took the mantle from the now defunct Laiki Bank which was put into resolution as part of an international bailout.
“The amount reached will be recalculated once all donations have been collected and we expect to surpass €400,000 which is a good amount considering the current circumstances,” BoC spokesman Costas Archimandritis said.
He added that all of the events held over the three-day fundraiser this week had been a success and despite figures being down on previous years, this was expected, taking into consideration the current financial climate, he said.
Fundraising events this year included a five-day cruise aboard Louis Cruises Orient Queen to the Greek islands, which has been running since August 30.
The main three-day event began on October 20 with an official ceremony at the Cyprus state fair.
Throughout the three days, nine walks took place in all cities. Sixteen piggy bank cars visited all communities and schools. Stalls were set up in all cities and a raffle for a FIAT 500 was drawn.
In Nicosia stalls were set up at the Gavrielides and Kalispera traffic lights, by the Dias Publishing House, and at the entrance to Ledra Street. This was a substantial decrease in the number of stalls compared to previous years where they had been set up at almost every major junction.
Head of the coordinating team for the Radiomarathon, Demetris Sparsis said even though the country was going through a financial crisis, it was important for contributions to the Radiomarathon to continue.
“In this way, the human values that unite us will be at the forefront,” Sparsis said.
Archimandritis said the fundraising would continue throughout the year.
To make a contribution the public can call Telebank on 8000 2000, or the iBank service of BoC on 800 00 800, or visit a BoC or a former Laiki Bank branch.
Contributions can also be made online through www.radiomarathonios.com, www.laikiebank.com, or www.bankofcyprus.com.cy.
Contributions can be donated by SMS to 7000. Send RM for €1, RM3 for €3 and RM5 for a €5 contribution.