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Coffee morning fund raisers for cancer victimsbe

By Bejay Browne

COFFEE MORNINGS are being held all over Cyprus as part of an initiative to encourage the public to host events in their homes or elsewhere to help cancer sufferers and their families.

For the third year running the scheme is being launched by the Cyprus Association of Cancer Patients and Friends (PASYKAF) a voluntary, non-profit, charitable organisation. The aim of the initiative is to raise funds for the charity which provides help and services for cancer sufferers and their families.

The island-wide organisation which was formed in 1986 by a small group of cancer patients, families and friends now has branches in Nicosia, Larnaca, Limassol and Paphos.

‘Coffee with Love’ raised 8,853 euros in Paphos alone last year and PASYKAF event organiser for Paphos, Maria Kosteri, says she hopes that this years total will be even greater.

PASYKAF held the first event at a local café on May 7. More than one hundred people attended.

“We are now encouraging people all over Cyprus to hold their own fundraising events, either in cafes or at home,” she told the Cyprus Mail.

Members of the public wishing to take part must register with the organisation to obtain their own ‘Coffee with love’ kit, which includes information about the organisation, the initiative, and a dedicated donation box. They will be given a receipt for this.

People can put in donations of whatever they want during the coffee morning, which will be attended by a representative from the charity. State funding provides less than ten per cent of the total funds required in Paphos, the rest is made up from fund raising and donations.

“We are currently helping over 5,000 cancer patients all over Cyprus. These fundraising events are so important to help us carry on with all of the services we provide,” Kosteri said:

The PASYKAF day centre in Paphos offers numerous services for cancer patients and their families. Vital home care nursing services (similar to Macmillan Nurses in the UK) are provided as well as self-help group therapy.

As with previous years, the scheme is being supported by the Paphos cancer patients support group-CPSG- which was formed in June 1995, to help PASYKAF by providing financial assistance and donating medical equipment towards the home care nursing services in Paphos.

As well as organising fund raising events, CPSG has a number of members who volunteer a support service for anyone affected by cancer. This is wide ranging and includes transport, respite care, shopping and other assistance.

“The events will run through the summer and we would encourage people to host one of their own with family and friends. It’s a good way to do something to help people with cancer,” said Kosteri.

Please contact PASYKAF for further information and to get hold of your ‘Coffee with love kit.”
Paphos 26222929 Nicosia 22345444 Limassol 25747750 Larnaca 24665198
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