By Bejay Browne
PAPHOS municipality is participating in an island wide sailing event on Saturday, to promote participation in both sports and volunteering.
The event is the initiative of organisers from the Commissioner for Voluntary and Non-Governmental Organisations and includes a sailing programme through which the message of sport and volunteering will be promoted.
A spokesman for Paphos municipality said: “The aim of the event is to inform and encourage participation of all citizens, especially young people in sports and volunteerism.”
The event will get underway at the harbour in Kato Paphos on Saturday July 11 at 10.15am. Sailors will depart on their journey from the harbour and will stop at all major coastal towns of Cyprus -Limassol, Larnaca and Ayia Napa.
The sports volunteering event is being promoted under the title: “All Cyprus raises sails, four cities, one event, and one common vision.”
Saturday’s programme will include a performance by folk group “The Castle” and a presentation of rhythmic gymnastics from the Despo Iakovou school of rhythmic gymnastics, and a team of children from AGO (Sports for All).
There will also be stands for ‘Pafos 2017’, the Cyprus Police, the Cyprus Youth Board, the District Coordinating Council of Volunteers, Civil Defence and the Cyprus Sports Organisation.
The event will also see the opening of a photographic exhibition titled: ‘Olkas II, Sailing from and to Byzantium’ which is being organised by the Society of Cypriot Studies and the European Centre of Byzantine and Post byzantine Monuments in Thessaloniki.
The spokesman said: “The exhibition presents the magnificent world of the East, from the Black Sea to Cyprus through maps, engravings, manuscripts and photos of numerous harbor views from the 12th century until today.
There will also be a collection of schoolbags, clothing, stationery and notebooks for families in need.
“We would be very grateful for any donations for children of needy families and people will be able to bring donations of items requested with them on Saturday.”
Photographic exhibition titled: ‘Olkas II, Sailing from and to Byzantium’ at the Medieval Castle of Paphos. Opening hours: Monday to Sunday 08.30-19.30