By Bejay Browne
CHILDREN in Cyprus who have written a letter to Santa this year have started to receive their gifts from the Andrey and Julia Dashin foundation in Limassol.
Those who haven’t done so yet have until January to send a personal letter to Santa as part of the foundation’s new festive charity cause.
Around six of the children who got their letters in before Christmas won a home visit from Santa along with their requested present as part of the initiative ‘Santa Claus is coming to town.’
The foundation said that the most touching, honest and heartfelt letters and illustrations were considered for the winning prize.
A Paphos family (Marilena, Chloe and Marios) were the first of many children participating in the initiative to receive their gifts, said Alina Nabieva managing director of the foundation.
“They were very happy and excited to receive the things which they had wished for and expressed in a letter to Santa.”
The initiative is open to all children in Cyprus – and not just for those from low income families – as a way of rewarding their courage in contacting Santa. The letters should be addressed to Santa Claus, via the foundation.
Every child who sends a hand written letter to Santa will receive a gift .The foundation will try and give the gifts which have been requested, unless it’s something such as health or prosperity, or an expensive gift. Instead a suitable gift will be chosen.
Nabieva said: “One of our boardrooms looks likes Santa’s sorting office; it’s wonderful to be able to help spread the magic of Christmas.”
‘Letter to Santa’ is open to children of all school and pre-school ages and must be accompanied by parental or guardian’s consent. This can be done via a signed application form found at the link is below.
This part of the competition will close on December 27.
Representatives of the foundation also visited the municipal kindergarten in Yermasoyia to present a donation voucher of €250 towards sports equipment to supplement a sum collected by the kindergarten PTA. This will be used to purchase the children sports equipment in the New Year.
The foundation also surprised the 50 children of the school with Christmas gifts and a visit from Santa.
The Dashin foundation also made a donation of €250 to a Nicosia based non-profit organisation ‘Young Volunteers Cyprus’ to help them in their charitable endeavors.
Nabieva said: “Five supermarket gift vouchers, each worth €50 were gifted to be sent to families in need for Christmas. These vouchers will be distributed by Young Volunteers Cyprus to the families on their database, together with other vouchers they have already secured as part of their Christmas charity initiative.”
She added: “We strongly believe that cooperation is paramount when it comes to charity and we are happy to be part of such a worthy cause.”
The Limassol based foundation was set up in April this year and officially launched in May, by Russian entrepreneur Andrey Dashin and his wife Julia.
Dashin is founder of one of the world’s leading forex brokers, Alpari. He is also a committed philanthropist.
All letters to Santa Claus may be sent to: 35, Lamprou Konstantara, Kato Polemidia, 4156, Limassol
Email: [email protected] Tel: 25-246120 Fax: 25-246220 www.dashinfoundation.org
Letter to Santa application form: http://www.dashinfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/Application-Form_EN.pdf
By Bejay Browne