By Bejay Browne
A FOUNDATION set up by a Russian entrepreneur and his wife has stepped in to help purchase a much needed special pushchair for a six-year-old Paphos girl, who has been paraplegic since birth.
Andriana Charalambous was presented with the new equipment at her Paphos home. It was purchased by the Andrey and Julia Dashin foundation.
Alina Nabieva, the foundation’s managing director said: “It was wonderful to see the happiness in little Andriana’s eyes when she saw the brand new (and pink) pushchair. Her smile and shining eyes were full of emotion and joy – it was an absolutely invaluable feeling to observe.”
Nabieva said that the foundation received a request for help from the child’s family in February. They were in desperate need to buy a new special pushchair for Andriana, who is a triplet.
“Andriana had already outgrown her first pushchair which is so vital for her movement and social well-being. The new chair cost €4,083 and is absolutely out of reach for her parents to afford. Her mother is a nurse and her father works shifts in the fire department,” said Nabieva.
Representatives of the foundation met with the family in Paphos and decided to help.
According to Nabieva, few months ago the foundation received a generous donation from volunteers at “Little Sunshine” charity, which had organised “My Charity Sale” in Nicosia. The Foundation decided to help the family and topped up the donation with a contribution of €1,418.
“Andriana’s family were really happy and it meant a lot to them. Andriana was full of joy and it was lovely to see her smile. The new chair will help in her development and steady route for improvement.”
Nabieve said that the purchase was made possible with the help of the “Little Sunshine” charity and its founder Anastasia Mina, as well as everyone who donated and supported the charity sale. “We believe that anyone can give – a little donation is better than nothing and is worth a great deal.”
In just 15 months since it started, the Foundation has already managed to garner around 24 volunteers who give their time for free, with a core of about six who are always at every event and are described as “vital.”
“The volunteers are irreplaceable and on Tuesday next week Andrey Dashin will host a small thank you event at our offices to express our gratitude and respect for them. We cherish these people and are lucky to have their support.”
The Foundation was set up in April 2014 and their core objective is to extend a helping hand to any cause of genuine need in Cyprus. “We don’t single out any one division of society and make no distinctions based on age, gender, nationality or problem area.”
Events and programmes are regularly updated on the Foundations website and Facebook page. This year, they are hoping to encourage more people to get involved with fundraising, partnership and volunteering.
Since its inception in April last year, the Foundation has already donated over €200,000 to a variety of projects, families and individuals.
The Dashins are committed philanthropists and believe that “the ability to make a positive change, even to the life of one community, one family or one person, is and will forever be important.”