A cheque for €50,000 for the victims of the July 23 fire in Greece which killed 92 people was handed over to President Nicos Anastasiades by the board of directors and the members of the Cyta welfare fund on Tuesday.
The president expressed his gratitude to Cyta, saying such contributions by organised groups strengthen the government’s initial contribution.
A new hospital funded by Cyprus is the “symbolic contribution of Cyprus to the summer fire,” Anastasiades said.
Following a Cabinet meeting in July, the government decided to grant €10 million – in addition to the contributions of Cypriots for the same account. It was decided to build a hospital in the area affected by the devastating fire with the money collected.
During the summer, more than €264,000 was collected by the #StandByGreece campaign led by the Hope For Children centre in aid of restructuring the infrastructure destroyed by the deadly fire.
The campaign included a big concert on July 31 and donations through deposits to Hellenic Bank and Bank of Cyprus accounts and via SMS.
Turkish Cypriots also chipped in, collecting and donating dozens of boxes of aid.
In October, Anastasiades received a cheque for €224,000 from Alpha Cyprus TV station, and one for €100,000 by hoteliers’ association Pasyxe.