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Annual giving to charity with Radiomarathon

By Evie Andreou

THE ANNUAL Radiomarathon which collects funds for children with special needs, kicked off on Monday with fund-raising walks in all towns, piggy bank cars and kiosks at major traffic junctions.

Like other years, the 25th Radiomarathon, with its slogan ‘For our Children’, aims to collect as much money as possible to help foundations and individuals purchase special equipment, receive proper treatment or improve living conditions.

First Lady Andri Anastasiades, who is also the head of the Radiomarathon Foundation’s board, hosted a party for children with special needs and their families in the gardens of the Presidential Palace on Sunday, as part of the island’s largest fundraiser’s activities.

“All of us have to continue and strengthen this project. Voluntary work and solidarity between fellow citizens has proved that help can rise even in the most difficult situations,” the First Lady said.

In total, the charity has collected and donated more than €37m in the last 24 years.

Between October 1 2013 and July 31 2014, €369,750 was donated to individuals and foundations for speech therapy, physiotherapy, wheelchairs purchase and medical treatment in Cyprus and abroad.

On Monday fund-raising walks took place in all towns, and 47 kiosks islandwide have been set up to collect donations.

Piggy bank cars (14 civilian and 8 military) will drive through all municipalities, schools, industrial areas, soldier camps and army offices to collect donations from Monday to Wednesday.

Raffle tickets purchased will be put in a draw for a SMART For Two car

A silver heart bracelet is also for sale this year for €15with the proceeds to be donated to the Radiomarathon Foundation.
Radiomarathon is co-organised by the Bank of Cyprus and Super FM.

Users of Bank of Cyprus’ iBank service can make a contribution by calling 800 00 800, or fill out the online application at bankofcyprus.com.cy, or visit a BoC.

Contributions can also be donated by SMS to 7060. Send RM1 for €1, RM3 for €3 and RM5 for a €5 contribution.

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