The amount of aid collected in Cyprus for the people of Lebanon is more than has been sent by much bigger countries, volunteer commissioner Yiannis Yiannaki said on Saturday, marked around the world as the International Day of Charity.
In total, 240 tonnes of aid have been sent to Beirut from Cyprus following the massive blast on August 4, which left almost 200 dead and 300,000 homeless.
September 5 was chosen by the UN to mark charity as it is the day on which Mother Theresa died. The date was set in 2012 to honour the work of charitable organisations and individuals.
“The selfless supply of food from citizens, companies, local authorities, the Church, NGOs and voluntary organisations has significantly contributed to the relief of thousands of Beirut residents who were left homeless due to the deadly explosion,” Yiannaki said. “An important contribution to the effort was made by our volunteers, who undertook the collection, segregation, control and placement of the items in boxes.”