Cyprus Mail

Only a few stalls left for Christmas night market

A FLOODLIT Christmas night market which will help to feed needy families in Paphos will take place in December and only a few places for stall holders are left, according to organisers.

Spaces at the event which will take place on Thursday December 8th between 5pm -9pm are limited and over 50 stalls will sell an array of items. As well as ensuring that visitors to the event get into the spirit of Christmas, it is also a necessary way to raise funds for needy families in Paphos, say organisers.

Although Solidary charity which provided a lifeline for thousands of needy people in Paphos over the past few years closed its doors earlier this year as its operation was no longer ‘viable’ due to a reduction in numbers of those needing help,  a number of churches and groups are continuing to offer vital help those in need.

One of the event organisers, Judith Evans, said that there was a high demand and it was necessary to hold the night market in support of the ‘Matthew 25 feed the hungry in Paphos’ project, which is run by the Paphos Christian Fellowship International PCFI.

“Five euros from every stall will go towards Matthew 25 and we are also selling raffle tickets already, which are priced at two euros, all of this money will go to buy food for the needy families.”

Tickets are available from Revival fashion store and an array of raffle prizes have been donated by local businesses, she added.

Evans said that the Matthew 25 project continues to offer support to those in need and help to feed 50 families in Paphos every Tuesday by giving them a bag of necessary groceries. This includes pasta, rice, tinned goods and toiletries.

People may also bring donations of non-perishable foodstuffs to the night market which will be distributed to the hungry, she said.

Stalls will offer all sorts of items including local crafts, books, vinyl records, jewellery, bric-a-brac, cakes and pastries, sweets, homemade preserves; there will be charity stalls, wines, beers, snacks and lots more, said organiser Sonia Stephanou.

“Teas and coffees will also be served, the Zingers will be singing Christmas carols, there will be a ‘jukebox jive’ with DJ Dave and a dance team from Young Stars will be performing,” she said.

The night market will be floodlit and will be held in the large car park adjacent to the main coastal road which runs from Paphos to Coral Bay and in front of Revival fashion store and the Paphos Post newspaper office.

In addition, people who are filling shoe boxes with Christmas gifts for children as part of this years ‘Gift of Love’ campaign will be able to drop them off at the event, as Revival are an official collection point.

There are still a few places left for stall holders, who should contact organisers directly.

The Christmas Night Market on the Paphos to Coral Bay road, Thursday, December 8, from 5pm-9pm.

For further information call Sonia on 26 632 564.


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