By Angelos Anastasiou
DESPITE the ongoing financial crisis ravaging Cyprus, the 25th annual Radiomarathon fund raising event will be held from October 20 to 21, with the slogan “For our children.”
In a news conference yesterday, Radiomarathon Administrative Committee head Andri Anastasiades said that during the period from October 1, 2013, to July 31, 2014, financial assistance of €369,750 has been granted.
She explained that the aid went to meeting mainly children’s needs relating to improving their living conditions, contributing towards treatments like speech therapy, physiotherapy, ergotherapy and hydrotherapy, and covering learning needs and psychological support.
Anastasiades described this stock-taking as a “report of love” which added to the Radiomarathon’s long and significant efforts. The charity granted total aid in excess of €29m between 1990 and 2013 to 34,000 individuals, and an added €8m to 100 institutions, associations and special schools.
“Everyone’s wish is for this year’s Radiomarathon to attract even more money so that even more needs and requests are met,” said Anastasiades.
“Every contribution is important,” she added. “Indeed, love can overcome every obstacle and every difficulty.”
The Bank of Cyprus undertook to organise the annual charity event upon the demise of its original backers, Laiki Bank, and its board chairman Christis Hassapis said the Radiomarathon charity works as a valuable addition to the state’s work, strengthening it.
In this context, it has contributed to the creation and development of appropriate bodies and infrastructure to aid children in need, while encouraging the organisation, self-sufficiency and taking initiative by their families.
Hassapis pledged that the Bank of Cyprus and its staff will “stand in the frontline of volunteerism, especially considering the dire economic circumstances prevalent in our country and the ever-increasing needs of our fellow citizens.”
Event co-organisers Super FM’s head Chrysanthos Tsouroullis said that the Radiomarathon forced a state to modernisation leaps, radically changing its way of thinking towards children with special abilities.
“To quote Nikos Kazantzakis, ‘as long as there are starving children, there is no God’,” said Tsouroullis.
“Therefore, this year’s Radiomarathon opens its arms even wider and becomes a small God,” he added.
Tsouroullis announced a large concert scheduled around Christmas time, with the simultaneous release of a compact disc, and handed a cheque for €3,500 in lieu of last year’s CD sales.
This year’s ‘Love Festivals’ will be held in Nicosia, Larnaca, Limassol and Paralimni on October 19, and Paphos on October 12.
On October 20 and 21, nine marches will be held in all towns, while 40 collection points will be set up island-wide.
Further, 14 charity-collecting cars will travel through communities, schools and industrial areas as part of the campaign.