Cyprus Mail

Raising money for dialysis machines

By Bejay Browne

A 30-STRONG gospel choir from London will perform in Paphos later this month to raise money for the Cyprus Kidney Association (ex-pats).

‘Sincere Praise’ gospel choir is based at the worldwide mission fellowship church in West Norwood in London and has toured all over the UK and the world, including Barbados, Ireland, Russia, Norway, Switzerland, Poland, Denmark, Sweden, and Spain. They have also sung in Cyprus before.

The event will be held at the new King Evelthon hotel in Paphos on Monday October 27 at 7pm. Organisers are aiming to fill the room which holds around 500.

The gospel choir is paying for all of their travel and accommodation expenses, as well as hiring the PA sound system.

The evening will also include a solo performance by acclaimed singer Judith Evans Davies of “O Mio Babino Caro.”

Tickets will cost €10, which includes a hot and cold buffet, tea, coffee and juices. This will only cover costs organisers say, adding that they hope that audience members would also contribute a donation.

“We’re relying on a large audience on the night,” said one of the organisers.

“We also hope that people will give what they can afford to this charity as they are helping to keep so many people alive. We want everyone to have a brilliant and enjoyable evening of song at an affordable price.”

Over the years the association has purchased vital equipment for the renal unit at Paphos general hospital and more recently has donated specialised beds, an ECG machine, patient weighing machines and a portable scanner.

They have also donated office equipment and computers for the medical team and televisions to help relieve patient’s boredom while receiving treatment. The charity is continuing fundraising efforts with the aim of purchasing more dialysis machines, which each have a €25,000 price tag.

Recently, the Dashin Foundation established by a Russian businessman and his wife stepped in and donated the final €7,000 to enable the Paphos-based charity to purchase its first dialysis machine for the Paphos general hospital’s renal unit.

Kidney disorders are increasing in Cyprus and the renal unit at Paphos has a number of ageing dialysis machines which are in constant use.

A spokesman for the charity said: “We can only exist on donations from the public and we are appealing for corporate donations as well. Each of the dialysis machines costs thousands of euros so we are reaching out to as many sources as possible.”

For further information about the event and tickets, [email protected], 99244679-99168545

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