Cans For Kids on Monday donated medical equipment worth over €13,000 to the children’s ward at Makarios hospital in memory of the charity’s long-standing president, the late Olga Demetriades.
Present president Evie Lanitis thanked the Demetriades family for their generosity in nominating the association as the beneficiary of donations made at Olga Demetriades’ funeral as she handed over the four multiparameter ambulatory patient monitors to director general of the health ministry Christina Yiannaki.
“Olga was president of Cans For Kids for over 20 years, always energetic and enthusiastic. She opened her heart and her home supporting Cans for Kids with great devotion. She was especially fond of young people, and actively encouraged them to recycle and to volunteer and in the process to support children in hospital,”Lanitis said.
Speaking on behalf of the family, Achilleas Demetriades said it was a fitting way to honour his mother’s memory since Cans For Kids had been an important part of her life for so many years.
Yiannaki thanked Cans For Kids for their generous gift, and read out Health Minister Costantinos Ioannou’s message which emphasised the importance of volunteering “through your actions you convert insignificant beverage cans into medical machines that are vital for the treatment of our children”.
The monitors feature a 5 lead ECG, NiBP, SPO2, Respiratory, 2 temperature module and pulse rate as a standard configuration and allow flexibility when monitoring a patient’s vital signs. The devices are easily transported and can be mounted on a stretcher or carried by hand. Two of the monitors are being supplied with their own trolleys for ease of movement.
As an incentive to get people recycling, Cans For Kids uses the profits from the sale of aluminium to buy medical equipment for the children’s wards at the Makarios Hospital in Nicosia, the central paediatric hospital in Cyprus which treats children from all over the island. The charity has can banks all over Cyprus and is run entirely by volunteers.
This donation takes the total value of equipment given by Cans For Kids to the hospital to well over a quarter of €1 million.
Cans for Kids is a registered Cyprus charity founded in 1990 to promote environmental awareness and encourage recycling. Details of the charity’s work can be found at www.cansforkids.org.