The islandwide campaign to collect humanitarian aid items to support refugees in Greece has been a huge success as donations exceeded expectations, Hope Cyprus (Zitite Elpis) volunteer group said on Monday.
The group, which launched an eight-day campaign last week in cooperation with the island’s postal services, said they had collected by Monday, the last day for donations, around 400 boxes.
Members of the public were urged to donate dried foodstuffs, baby food, child care and personal hygiene items, collected in post offices and which are to be sent to Greece, to “support as many people as possible, particularly the children who have become refugees fleeing the war in the Middle East,” the group had said.
“Our goal has been doubled. Donations exceeded our expectations, as the aid items we collected will fill a 40ft container,” Hope Cyprus member Katia Savva told the Cyprus Mail.
The response was touching, Savva said, as people rushed to buy items on the group’s list of necessary items, despite themselves struggling to get by.
“We received donations from private individuals, schools, companies, and organised groups,” Savva said. “We even saw people in supermarkets with our lists at hand, buying baby food or other aid items”.
All items collected, Savva said, will be shipped to Greece, to be distributed where they are needed the most.
The company Salamis Shipping Services Ltd has undertaken the transportation of the aid to Piraeus free of charge.