With Christmas just around the corner, telco provider Epic is bringing the holiday spirit to all State Health Services Organisation (SHSO) hospitals, as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives.

Given that SHSO hospitals and staff have long been bearing the burden of dealing with the pandemic, Epic in an expression of gratitude and solidarity, undertook the Christmas decorations for the eight SHSO hospitals so as to bring cheer to those who must spend the festive period recuperating away from home.

On December 2, Archbishop Makarios III Children’s Hospital was decorated with Christmas trees, and, since the season is kids’ favourite time of year, Epic, in collaboration with SHSO, organised a special event to present the first Christmas tree, accompanied by festive music. Thereafter, Epic’s team distributed gifts to all children hospitalised in the pediatric wards of the Organisation’s hospitals.

“We extend our gratitude to the people who work day and night in our hospitals, and who, in the last two years have been called to face unforeseen difficult conditions,” said Epic CEO Thanos Chronopoulos in an address at the event. “It is our great pleasure to contribute to the festive decoration of SHSO’s hospitals. Through this gesture, we want to convey the message of Christmas to our fellow citizens who, unfortunately, cannot be with their families at home, as well as extend our wishes to them for a quick recovery.”

Offering his thanks, SHSO CEO Christis Loizides said: “On behalf of the SHSO, I would like to express our appreciation to Epic which, with its social contribution, is bringing a festive atmosphere to all our hospitals, gifts to all children and warmth to all who need care over these days.”

Also expressing gratitude, Makarios Hospital Scientific Director Dr. Andreas Neophytou said: “I would also like to thank Epic for its contribution, with which, from today, the Makarios hospital enters a festive mood, giving smiles to our little friends and their families”.

Epic and SHSO, meanwhile, warmly thanked the choir of public service union PASYDY and especially the conductor Maro Nitsa and Marios Ioannou, on the harmonium, for their participation in the special event.