By Evie Andreou
A CHEQUE for €15,000 to purchase a mini-bus for the Cyprus Autistic Association marked the official launch of the Andrey and Julia Dashin’s Foundation at the Hilton Hotel in Nicosia on Monday.
The foundation, started by the Cyprus-based Russian businessman and his wife, aims to support different community causes such as education, anti-poverty and environmental awareness programmes and provides the opportunity for individuals and organisations in need to apply for financial aid. The foundation is also hoping to promote volunteerism by welcoming professionals and students to participate in the foundation’s programmes and events.
President of the Autistic Association, Tasoula Georgiadou, said the foundation’s donation had been crucial.
“Their response was overwhelming. Such support is crucial for our association to survive these difficult times and to be able to fulfill its mission,” she said.
The foundation has already sponsored events such as the Children’s Creativity Day and Let’s do it Mediterranean! which is a worldwide campaign to clean up beaches and coastlines in one day. The foundation has already freed up almost 40,000 euros to various projects and is starting off with an annual budget of approximately half a million euros which it aims to double within three years.
“We have responsibilities and should take appropriate action for the future of the island, for the future and prosperity of our society,” said Andrey Dashin, adding that it was the duty of successful people to give back to their communities.
Dashin, founder of Alpari and Forex Time companies, is no stranger to charitable causes. In 2005, he founded the Alpari Charitable Fund which is exclusively dedicated to helping orphaned and disabled children.
Julia Dashina, born and raised in Russia, is a TV presenter and fashionista. She a graduate of the Kazan State Institute of Finance and worked as an economist for several years. She dedicates a lot of her free time to charity work and is involved in a number of philanthropic campaigns. The couple moved to Cyprus in 2012 because they fell in love with the island and wanted to raise their three children “in this sunny and hospitable country”, Dashin said.
“The time came when we felt that we should and are able to give back to the country where we really feel at home. By establishing the foundation, we will also be able to raise awareness about problems that need to be faced, while encouraging others to help out,” Julia added.
For more information about Andrey and Julia Dashin’s Foundation, please visit: http://www.dashinfoundation.org/