Police’s underwater demolition team swam 1.5 kilometres on Saturday as part of an event to support children with cancer.

Police chief Stelios Papatheodorou kicked off the event. Participants swam in the sea area of Epichosis in Limassol together with frogmen from Cyprus and Greece to raise money for children’s oncology centre at the Makarios hospital.

The charity winter swim took place for the sixth year following the initiative of journalist and politician Loukas Fourlas.

Papatheodorou expressed his satisfaction with the police’s participation in such a “very important event” noting that children have the support, solidarity and love of all of us.

Speaking at the event, Fourlas, the founder of the Small Heroes Foundation, thanked all the participants for helping to keep the promise to support the children. He also confirmed that the event will take place next year.

President Nicos Anastasiades and government officials also attended the event and congratulated Fourlas for his initiative.

“No child, no little hero is left helpless,” Anastasiades said, congratulating all the volunteers.

Alongside the swim, a march of love took place along the beach to the dock of the old Limassol port, with House President Annita Demetriou marking the start.