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Paphos pensioner hands over pension to help town’s development projects

Paphos mayor Phedonas Phedonos announcing the development projects last week

A PAPHOS PENSIONER has handed over a month’s worth of his pension to the mayor as a way of contributing to the regeneration of Paphos.
Sotiris Hadjialexandrou arrived at Paphos municipality on Monday morning and presented the full amount of his pension to Paphos mayor, Phedonas Phedonos.
The elderly resident had been part of a packed audience that attended the mayor’s presentation of an overview of ten major infrastructure and development projects currently underway in Paphos in the town last week.
He said that he had been so moved by the experience, that he wanted to do his bit to help.
Hadjialexandrou visited Phedonos personally and handed over the cheque. He said that he had a deep appreciation for the efforts the municipality was making for Paphos to become a modern city “worthy of its long history”.
“Paphos has turned a page and is changing,” he said. “As a resident of this city, I felt the need to contribute to the best of my abilities for the completion of infrastructure projects that will define the image of the coming decades. My hope is that other people, who love and care about Paphos will follow suit, because Paphos is all of us. ”
Talking to the 500 strong crowd at PaliaIlektriki cultural centre last week, Phedonos also included a detailed report on the implementation of budgets and schedules.
The mayor said that the ten infrastructure projects will have a total cost of 26.2 million euros and will be completed in time for 2017, when Paphos takes over the Culture Capital of Europe title.
Receiving the cheque, the mayor described the initiative of the pensioner as “a touching movement with real and symbolic content”.
“I warmly thank you for this wonderful gesture and express the hope that your actions will set an example,” the mayor told Hadjialexandrou
According to the municipality, the pensioner declined to be photographed.

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