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Kisa financial appeal for talented migrant athlete

Kisa migrant and refugee centre is asking the public to support a 17-year-old refugee whose dream it is to train as a middle-distance runner.

The young man who lives at the Kofinou reception centre would need to move to Nicosia in order to train with the Pancyprian Gymnastic Association at their stadium in Nicosia, who taking into consideration his great performances in races, invited him to join their team.

However, Kisa said, the Kofinou centre is in a remote rural location in the Larnaca district and there is no possibility for him to attend training regularly.

The only solution for him is to move to a flat in Nicosia. In order to do so and start training, the refugee needs to have €400 for the rent, €200 for the first month and €200 for a deposit. Additionally, he has to pay €350 guarantee to the electricity authority in order to get his power connected.

“Despite the fact that he is entitled to financial assistance and was encouraged by the authorities to leave the camp and move to Nicosia, they only provided him with an insufficient amount of €100,” Kisa said. “According to the national law, asylum seekers are entitled to a subsidy of only €100 per month for their accommodation.”

As he needs €650 more Kisa calls on the public to support the young athlete by raising money for electricity, furniture and appliances.

“He needs our help, and we are sure that collectively we can make a huge difference in the life of a young refugee,” the Kisa statement concluded.

Those who want to contribute can support the refugee by clicking


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