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Cancer charity launches month-long awareness drive

The Cyprus association of cancer patients and friends (Pasykaf) on Thursday officially launched its month-long annual awareness campaign. The charity event which is being organised for the 25th time this year will last until the end of October.

With the slogan ‘Mazi stin Zoi’ (Together in Life) the campaign, helped by its good will ambassador, well-known Cypriot singer Evridiki Theocleous, aims to raise funds for the services and programmes which are needed to support cancer patients and their families. Their aim this year is to raise €500,000.

A festival in Acropolis park in Nicosia on September 25 has started off the activities already, and one more will take place in Yeroskipou park, Paphos on October 2. Another part of ‘Together in Life’ is a theatre performance for children at the Satiriko theatre in Nicosia on October 8.

From October 5 until 9 a street fundraiser will be organised by the association’s volunteers in all the towns around Cyprus where donations are collected. Members of the public are asked to give €2 on the spot or make their contribution electronically via the Charity Direct service by sending an SMS to 7060 with the message Pasykaf1 for €1, Pasykaf3 for €3 and Pasykaf5 for €5. All donations are tax deductible.

By offering their support to cancer patients and their families, the association which was founded 30 years ago sends the message that all those suffering from cancer have the right to a good quality of life during their illness.

The free services include nursing and relief services, psychosocial support, a 24-hour service in Nicosia and Limassol, physiotherapy, lymphoedema clinics, day care centres, patient transport from all regions to the oncological clinic in Nicosia, programmes for information and prevention, early diagnosis and programmes to help people stop smoking.

In order to offer this wide range of services Pasykaf has a team of health professional, doctors, nurses, psychologists, physiotherapists and volunteers.

In 2015, Pasykaf helped 2,318 patients at home and supported more than 5,500 patients and their families.

Members of the public interested in participating in events of PASYKAF or contribute as volunteers are invited to call 22- 345444.

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