The radiomarathon, the annual charity collection drive for children with special needs, collected €376,103 in last year’s event and helped 926 people, First Lady and president of the radiomarathon foundation Andri Anastasiades said on Monday.
At a press conference to announce the launch of the 2016 radiomarathon programme she outlined what has been done with the money.
Some €83,800 was spent on 423 persons for financial support and various treatments, and €155,150 was given to 436 people for speech therapy, learning needs and psychological support. Ten per cent, €37,153, was spent on medical treatment in Cyprus and abroad for 67 people and for the purchase of wheelchairs and other equipment.
During 2016 an additional €148,000 was allocated to 22 associations and foundations around Cyprus.
In her speech, the First Lady pointed out the importance of the campaign over the years.
“Between 1990 and 2015, €30,024,441 were given to 36,503 individuals,” she said, adding that institutions and associations around Cyprus also received €8,217,921 from the foundation. The total amount of aid collected and distributed so far is €38,242,362.
‘I have a right’ is the slogan for 27th radiomarathon, containing the key message the organisers want to promote, that children with special needs are entitled to love and solidarity.
“For them, the smallest contribution is great,” Anastasiades said, “but we must always remember that the radiomarathon is not simply there to provide financial assistance. It’s a great event joining forces for a noble, humanitarian purpose.”
The main fund-raising event this year takes place on October 24 and 25 when collection points will be set up in all towns with charity-collection cars travelling through communities and collecting money in schools.