Many families who are struggling to make ends meet are too proud to seek help, Volunteerism Commissioner Yiannakis Yiannaki said, urging all members of the public who might know families in need of help ahead of Easter to either act on it or inform charity and volunteer organisations so that they can provide for them.
The commissioner told the Cyprus News Agency (CNA) that in the last few days his office contacted more than 100 families that were truly in need and were not registered as aid beneficiaries.
“It is terrible for people to go hungry and not seek help for various reasons, out of dignity or fear of being gossiped about, it is truly a shame,” Yiannaki said.
He added that among these families there were people with bank loans who lost their jobs and were barely surviving, people with health problems, and people affected by many other unimaginable situations.
“Let us give a hug full of love on Easter days and not only, so that smiles and hope to prevail where there are none,” Yiannaki said.
He added that the Easter campaign aiming to provide help to the 12,000 families that are registered beneficiaries of food banks, was continuing with great success and that the delivery of aid packages would be completed by Tuesday.
This year, Yiannaki said, the contribution of several government services’ staff has been significant since they donated foodstuffs, toys and clothing they collected for the cause.