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Stelios awards brought forward to accommodate leaders

Stelios Haji-loannou

By Andria Kades

FOR the first time in seven years, the leaders of both communities have been invited to attend the ceremony for the Stelios Bi-Communal Awards, that has changed the date of the ceremony to suit President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci’s agendas.

“The original date of October 30 was proving difficult as the two leaders had set it as a date for their own official bilateral talks. By moving the date to October 26 we have had indications that Nicos Anastasiades will attend whilst Mustafa Akinci has expressed his support and will aim to attend subject to a last minute overseas trip currently being organised,” the foundation said in a statement.

It also announced grants for next year will increase to €500,000 for 50 teams.

Works are already under way to open a new cafe in the north of Nicosia next year located on Ferah Street, north of the Green Line and only 10 minutes walk from Ledra Street.

This year’s grants are €300,000 for 30 teams while to date, the total grants have reached almost €2m.

The award giving ceremony will take place on October 26 at 11am at the Stelios Philanthropic Foundation Cafe on the corner of Palias Ilektrikis and Eptanisou 57, in Old Nicosia, near the old municipal market.

At around 12 noon, Stelios will lead a walk of peace from the one bi-communal cafe in the South to a new one under renovation in North Nicosia.

The winners for this year and their project titles which win €10,000 each are:

 

  1. Nikos Pissourios – Ugur Sayilir, kite surfing;
  2. Christos Kartsioulis – Ergec Senturk, worldwide PC support;
  3. Vasilis Htisti – Zafer Biler, joint restaurant;
  4. Michalis Michael – Sukran Ozerdem, ‘married couple’;
  5. Eleni Melanidou – Kursat Tilki, bicommunal choir;
  6. Costas Kafkarides – Yasar Ersoy, theatre;
  7. Michalis Theodorou – Niyazi Kizilyurek, publishing house;
  8. Aydin Mehmet Ali – Konstantinos Konstantinou, cycling services for people with mobility problems;
  9. Themistoclis Mantis – Erdinch Ustenler, gliding group;
  10. Pieris Hadjipieris – Yakup Engin Tel, restoration of Apostolos Andreas monastery;
  11. Nicos Vassiliou – Mazlum Kortas, study the economic aspect of a re-united Cyprus;
  12. Evren Manner – Christina Demetriades, bilingual cartoon film project;
  13. Charalambos Leonidou – Hasan Ekingen, lace products;
  14. Melani Pappas-Lemona – Gozde Pehlivan, kindergarden;
  15. Hacer Genc – Panayiotis Constantinou, catalogue for traditional woven baskets;
  16. Hakan Djuma-Marios Georgiou-Agapios Agapiou, solar taxi bike;
  17. Prof. Sophia Serghi – Devrim Celal, sailing around Cyprus;
  18. Demos Kinigos – Hasan Hasanbulli, fish trading;
  19. Androulla Shati – Samiye Taskin, recycling at schools;
  20. Aydin Mehmet Ali – Nicoletta Demetriou, promoting Anglophone literature;
  21. Yiannis Papadikos – Tibel Nidai, fish trading;
  22. Tania Matsouka – Nazo Canitez, rock climbing and yoga;
  23. Anna Argyrou – Gulsen Oztoprak, educational consultant;
  24. Tacam Gokboru – Savvas Anastasiou, cycling camps;
  25. Antonis Lefconikiatis – Ozfer Ozatay, photo equipment trading / exhibition;
  26. Maria Georgiou – Serife Akman, bakery / café;
  27. Paul Costeas – Ovgu Ince, Karaiskakio and Kemal Saracoglu foundations;
  28. Sylia Panayiotidou – Erhan Oze, online art gallery;
  29. Harris Galazis – Emre Serdar, aluminium business;
  30. Katie Economidou – Dervish Baha, guided tours.

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