By Alexia Evripidou
Cans for Kids are inviting the public to join them celebrate Earth Day with snacks, fun and recycling on Saturday, April 26. Proceeds of the sold recycled cans will help purchase medical equipment for Makarios III Children’s Hospital.
The general public are invited to collect their aluminium cans and pop along on Saturday from 10am to 1pm to the Cans for Kids Recycling Centre for a joint fun and educational morning.
Organised along with Microsoft and the “Young Volunteers”, the morning promises to see old and young, politicians, housewives, suit wearers, heel clickers and flower power lovers, all rolling up their sleeves and mucking in together to help recycle for an excellent cause.
“We want people to be aware that without it costing them anything at all, they can turn their aluminium rubbish into something significant for children in need” said vice president of Cans for Kids, Rosie Charalambous.
Everyone is asked to pack up bags of recyclable cans and go on down to join in the event. The main goal for the day being to recycle as many aluminium cans as possible before sending them off to be crushed at the centre. The cubed metal will then be sold to buy medical equipment for children in Cyprus. There are prizes for people who bring in the most cans.
Furthermore, the day is also aimed at helping create awareness for environmental issues and support annual Earth Day today, which is celebrated with global events demonstrating support for environmental protection. Environmentalist argue that if we are to conserve the Earth’s finite resources we must make better use of them, and recycling is one way of reducing the consumption of raw materials.
Mayor of Nicosia Constantinos Yiorkadjis, the Environment Commissioner Ioanna Panayiotou and Commissioner for Volunteerism Yiannis Yiannakis will all be attending to support the event. Along with Omonia and APOEL football players who will be seen kicking around the centre handing out signed goodies.
Food and beverages will be available at a reduced cost courtesy from sponsors Get Fresh, Souvlaki Bar and Costa Coffee. All monies will go to Cans for Kids.
Formed in 1990, Cans for Kids is a registered charity which aims to encourage people to save and recycle their aluminium cans. The charity has collection points all over Cyprus some of which can be found in hospitals, schools, car parks etc in towns Nicosia, Larnaca, Paphos and Ayia Napa.
As well as raising money to improve the standard of living of the children in the hospital, Cans for Kids raises awareness of the benefits of recycling by visiting schools to give talks to help children get into the “recycling habit”. They say that it couldn’t be easier “just keep a bag or container handy near your waste bin and throw empty cans in there rather than the dustbin”.
Since its initiation, more than 25 million cans have been collected with over €260,000 euros worth of equipment being donated to the Makarios Hospital in Nicosia. The hospital which is the central paediatric hospital in Cyprus, was chosen as it is the central place which treats seriously ill children from all over Island.
The charity which won the World Energy Globe Award in the category “Youth for Cyprus in Salzburg on February 4 2014, believes that “by saving your cans for Cans for Kids, not only do you help the environment, but you know that your efforts are giving something back”.
For more information, visit http://www.cansforkids.org/