By Andria Kades
A nationwide campaign across the island is trying to amass up to 33.2 cubic meters of shipments to help Middle Eastern refugees in Lesvos, Greece.
The one-day campaign on Saturday October 3, between 9am and 6pm, is being organised by a group of volunteers called Zitite Elpis (Asking for Hope) with collection points across the island.
“Photographs of bodies of small children that the sea churns out every day shock Cypriot society that still carries the painful memories from its own refugee crisis, and cannot close its eye in front of the biggest humanitarian crisis of our time,” the volunteers said.
They are now calling on people to donate items such as diapers and baby wipes that are sealed, milk powder with particular care on the expiration date, winter and autumn clothes for children up to 18 months old and blankets.
Items such a waterproof jackets should be in a plastic bag with a note on the gender and age group.
Shoes, which would be helpful if accompanied with socks should be flat, paired, suitable for the winter and if they have laces should be tied together.
Small and light children’s toys are welcome but should fit in a shoes box, as are tents, sleeping bags and drawing pads with crayons.
GAP Vassilopoulos Group has taken on the shipment to Greece pro bono, Hellenic Bank is the sponsor and the campaign is supported by the Youth Board of Cyprus and the Union of Cyprus Journalists.
The volunteers have requested any donations should be in separated plastic bags.
Drop off points in Nicosia are at the Journalists House on Rik Avenue 12, Aglantzia. Tel: 22 446090
In Limassol at the Limassol Youth Multifunctional Centre, Kanari Street 34, A Dimotiki Agora – Municipal Market. Tel: 25 871471
In Paphos the donation point is the Paphos Youth Multicentre at Apostolou Pavlou and Gladstonos Corner. Tel: 26 306419
In Larnaca at the Larnaca Youth Information Center, Grigoria Afxendiou Avenue 27, Akropolis Square. Tel: 24 822580