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 'SWIM OUT IN THE OPEN' - SWIMMING FOR A BETTER FUTURE FOR CHILDREN

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Aiming to promote outdoor sports and especially swimming to maintain physical and mental health, the Kyrenia Nautical Club, Masters category, which consists of veteran swimming athletes, organizes the charity event "swim out", on Sunday 28 November, from 10:00 to 13:00, at the Harmony Bay Hotel in Limassol.

 

The aim of the event is the financial support and upgrading of the Kaimakli Children Protection and Care Center (Kaimakli Children's Club), a program of the Kaimakli Community Welfare Council, undertaken by the Yianis Christodoulou Foundation.

 

"Swim Out in the Open" is held for the 4th time in order to enhance charitable activities related to children. The event is addressed not only to swimming athletes, but also to those who love the sport, as it includes 200m swimming routes for novice swimmers, 1km and 2km for experienced swimmers and 4km for advanced swimmers.


The public can support the event, either by registering by participating in the event, or through a donation. Registrations are made through the website https://fienta.com/2021-swim-out-in-the-open.

 

All money raised from the event will be donated directly and exclusively for the upgrading of the Kaimakli Children's Club, which has been undertaken by the "Yianis Christodoulou Foundation", an institution that paves the way for opportunities in living and education, with the mission to support and assist vulnerable groups of children and young people.


For more information, visit the Facebook page of the event: SWIMOUTINTHEOPEN

 VISIT OF THE FOUNDATION'S FOUNDER AT 3RD KAIMAKLI PRIMARY SCHOOL AND AT NICOSIA SPECIAL NEEDS SCHOOL - PROVISION OF SUPPORT FOR THE UPGRADE OF THE INFRASTRUCTURE AND PURCHASE OF NEW EQUIPMENT

The Founder of the ‘Yianis Christodoulou Foundation’, Mr. John Christodoulou visited on Monday, October 11th the Nicosia Special Needs School. The Foundation responded immediately to the new needs created after the publication of the vandalism that took place last August, which resulted in the theft or destruction of important school equipment for children with disabilities and special needs. The Foundation covered the cost of replacing gym equipment, video projector and other equipment that the school needed immediately. It is noted that the Foundation supported the school during the last academic year by covering the cost of renovating the kitchen that is used as a space for the promotion of social skills / life skills of children through a relevant educational program.

 

The children welcomed Mr. Christodoulou with Tziatista, while the school head teacher thanked Mr Christodoulou for his support and donation to the school. The head teachers guided him to the school and informed him about the work being done, as well as about the projects planned with the support of the Foundation for the next academic year. As announced in addition to the above, the Foundation will also donate € 33,000 to the Nicosia Special School to upgrade its infrastructure and purchase new educational resources. A total donation of € 300,000 will be granted to all 9 public special schools as a result of the Charity Gala Dinner that was organized last July 2021 by the Yianis Christodoulou Foundation.

 

On Tuesday, October 12th, Mr. John Christodoulou visited the 3rd Primary School of Kaimakli and attended the event organized by Nicosia School Board and the teaching staff of the school on the occasion of the completion of the shelter at the school's outdoor basketball court. It is noted that the YCF contributed greatly to its construction. The shelter was deemed necessary to ensure the continuous provision of physical education and sports to the children during the summer and winter months, especially within the all-day and summer school programme. The ‘Υianis Christodoulou Foundation’ had also covered in 2019 the upgrade of the basket-ball court with the installation of a multi-sporting flooring and the purchase of equipment for P.E.

 

The shelter is the 3rd project in this school, since previously the Foundation had fully covered the costs for the creation of a multimedia and the computer lab. The Foundation covered the cost for creating a high tech lab with modern equipment, laptops, tablets, interactive touch screen, air conditioner and special furniture.

 

The event was attended by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports and Youth Mr. Prodromos Prodromou and other high level officials of the Directorate of Primary Education, the President and members of Nicosia School Board, the president and members of the Parents’ Association.

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PRINCE ALBERT II OF MONACO OPENS HOSPITAL STAFF GYM

His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco along with the Foundations founder John Christoduolou opens the foundations funded outside gym equipment for the staff of the Princess Grace Hospital in Monaco to use.

 FOUNDATION SUPPORTS THE KARAISKAKIO FOUNDATION IN CYPRUS

The Yianis Christodoulou Foundation is pleased to be supporting the fund raising event ‘Dinner for Life’ organised by Karaiskakio Foundation on the 8th of September 2021 as a Gold Sponsor. Through this initiative the Yianis Christodoulou Foundation shares the vision of Karaiskakio Foundation (https://karaiskakio.org.cy/) for a ‘…a world without leukemia’ while supporting the Scientific Research Centre for children with cancer.

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 GALA DINNER SUCCESS ! 

€300.000 FOR THE CHILDREN OF THE 9 SPECIAL NEEDS SCHOOLS AND

€65.000 FOR CHILDREN WHOSE FAMILIES HAVE BEEN AFFECTED BY THE FIRE OUTBREAKS

Yianis Christodoulou Foundation’s charity gala dinner was completed in full success on July 8th at the Zeus yacht, in the presence of distinguished guests, who honored the event.

The event’s main aim was to raise funds for the benefit of the children attending all 9 special needs public schools in Cyprus. The glamorous gala event was also attended by grand international personalities from the world of sports and culture, such as Marina Vernicos, celebrated photographer and entrepreneur, David Coulthard, race car champion, Christian Moore, son of the renowned actor Roger Moore and the beloved Cypriot singer, Anna Vissi.

With Gogo Alexandrinou as the event’s Master of Ceremony, its active itinerary included the presentation of the Yianis Christodoulou Foundation, speeches by Mr John Christodoulou himself, Mr Nicos Megalemou, President of Nicosia School Board, Mr Chirstos Avgoustinos, President of Parents’ Association of Children with Special Needs, and an auction on a series of exclusive items. 

 

All auctioned items included karting lessons and dinner for two in Monaco with David Coulthard, a weekend stay for two in the presidential suite of the Canary Riverside Plaza Hotel in London, a limited edition photograph by Marina Vernicos, dinner and night out with John Christodoulou and Anna Vissi in Monaco, a signed poster by Roger Moore, as James Bond 007, 2 relaxing weekends for 2 including spa access and treatment at Amara Hotel Limassol and Elysium Hotel Paphos, and 2 seats on board a private jet (Citation X) for a weekend round trip from Larnaca to Mykonos valid until August 31st. The gala dinner’s total amount reached €300.000 (three hundred thousands)

 

The night was completed with the much-anticipated concert by the beloved singer Anna Vissi, organized at no cost.

 

It’s worth noting the during the event, an additional auction took place, the proceeds of which will be donated towards the children whose families were affected by the recent catastrophic fires in Cyprus in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports. This auction raised €65.000 (sixty thousand euro) and included one men’s watch - IWC327010 PILOT’S WATCH ‘The big Pilot’s Watch Top Gun Mojave Desert Edition, one private visit to IWC factory in Germany, a two-day sailing trip onboard a Benetau Oceanis 35 at Oristano Sardinia (length 13 meters with 3 bedrooms), and one private visit to David Coulthard Museum in Scotland.

 

During his speech, Mr John Christodoulou paid his respects to all event sponsors and highlighted that such initiatives and donations are valuable and appreciated, as they prove that Cypriots can unite towards helping people in need. The gala dinner was supported and sponsored by various companies and organizations: Alassia NewShips Management Inc., Amara Hotel, Bank of Cyprus, Canary Riverside Plaza, Christos Lazaris Foundation, Cyprus Seeds (Collaborators), Digital Tree ltd, Elysium Hotel, F.L.C. Modena Automobile LTD, H.S. Data Ltd, Iron FX, Jetshuttle, KEO, Limassol Marina, Marketway Ltd, Medpool, NAGA Markets Europe Ltd, ONE Light Ltd, Phileleftheros, Prevention at Sea, Quantum, Safe Bulkers Inc., Stelios Philanthropic Foundation, United Signals και Zuri-Invest AG.

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Anna Vissi and John Christodoulou

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Anna Vissi, John Christodoulou, Christian Moore and David Coulthard

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Anna Vissi 

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Christian Moore and David Coulthard

Anna Vissi

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Photis Photiou, Presidential Commissioner for Humanitarian Affairs and Overseas Cypriots with John Christodoulou  

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Nicos Megalemou and John Christodoulou

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David Coulthard, John Christodoulou, Christian Moore 

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Gogo Alexandrinou – Journalist – Presenter – Master of Ceremony

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Auction In Progress

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Nicos Megalemou, President of Nicosia School Board

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Chirstos Avgoustinos, President of Parents’ Association of Children with Special Needs

The Gala Programme (click to open)

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Special Thanks to The Sponsors of The Gala...

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THE FOUNDATION PROVIDES OUTSIDE GYM EQUIPMENT FOR HOSPITAL STAFF

The Yianis Christodoulou Foundation has provided an outside gym and equipment to the staff of the Princess Grace Hospital in Monaco.  There will be an inauguration being planned for September with the presence of His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco.

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ANNA VISSI - WATCH THE PERFORMANCE LIVE STREAMING AT THE GALA DINNER ON THE 8TH JULY IN SUPPORT OF ALL 9 SPECIAL NEEDS SCHOOLS IN CYPRUS

The Yianis Christodoulou Foundation is pleased to offer to the public the opportunity to watch Anna Vissi perform live at the gala dinner taking place on the 8th of July for the benefit of the children attending all 9 special needs public schools in Cyprus.

 

Interested audience, not only in Cyprus but worldwide, can watch Anna Vissi live streaming for free or can donate towards the cause of the event, if they wish. More details about the live streaming will be announced very soon. Taking this opportunity, we would like to express once again our great appreciation for Anna’s voluntary participation.

 

The Yianis Christodoulou Foundation focuses predominately on vulnerable children and covers all funds of various projects aiming to upgrade their learning and living environment while offering opportunities for the cultivation of their talents, creativity and interests. It is noted that all operational costs of the foundation are fully covered by the Yianis Group and the Founder, Mr John Christodoulou. This maximizes the utilisation of all funds and donations for the benefit of children in need.

 

The Foundation has completed various projects internationally, and in Cyprus. Among the projects implemented in Cyprus are the following: -

 

- The renovation of and the purchase of equipment and furniture for the Children’s House in Nicosia and Larnaca in cooperation with the Social Services of the Ministry of Welfare, Labour and Social Insurance.

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- The upgrade of outdoor basket-ball courts in various public primary schools, the purchase of gymnastic equipment and the construction of shelter to protect children from the rain and the sun, as well as the purchase and installation of seats in multi-purpose sport centre. - The renovation of classrooms and the creation of high tech lab rooms with new IT equipment and interactive board.

- The purchase of music equipment for SISTEMA CYPRUS for the provision of free music education to all children, especially to the ones who are deprived and vulnerable.

 

- The organisation of school competitions with the approval of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports and Youth, such as the ‘Keep Fit and Healthy’ which promoted the well being among teenagers aiming to empower them to stay away from addictive substances through non-contact boxing. The competition was supported by the visit of a delegation of world champion boxers, coaches from the UK National Boxing Association and athletes from the UK. All prizes won have been utilised by the schools for the construction of shelters, kiosks or the purchase of necessary equipment.

 

- The support during Covid-19 pandemic and the delivery of 6,500 ‘Thank you’ packages to health workers in all public hospitals across Cyprus.

 

The Yianis Christodoulou Foundation has taken the initiative to support special needs schools in Cyprus to upgrade their facilities and improve the services provided to disabled children and children with special needs. This follows the cooperation of the Foundation with several special schools last year as part of the Pancyprian Special School Competition entitled HANDS UP FOR ALL. During our previous work undertaken we realised the emerging need to respond to the specific requirements of children with disabilities or special needs. Therefore, the aim of this event will be to support all 9 special needs public schools in Cyprus.

REMARKABLE SUPPORT BY ANNA VISSI, AMARA & ELYSIUM HOTELS AS AUCTIONED ITEMS ANNOUNCED FOR GALA DINNER ON 8TH JULY IN SUPPORT OF SPECIAL NEEDS SCHOOLS IN CYPRUS

As the preparation of the exclusive event being organized by Mr John Christodoulou and The Yianis Christodoulou Foundation for the benefit of the children attending all 9 special needs public schools in Cyprus in cooperation with the relevant Parents’ Associations, we would like to thank all companies and individuals for their warm support.

 

We are honored by the voluntary participation of the exceptional singer and beloved Anna Vissi who will sing at the charity event with no fee.

 

Our deepest gratitude is also expressed to the Amara Hotel for the kind offer to donate the catering services for the gala dinner at no cost.

 

Both Amara and Elysium Hotels have also offered a voucher for a weekend accommodation and spa treatment for 2 people to be auctioned on the evening. Mr Christodoulou personally and The Yianis Christodoulou Foundation would like to express their appreciation for this gesture. Mr Christodoulou has said that ‘for such initiatives all contributions are valuable and much appreciated, showing that Cypriots can join forces to support all 9 special needs schools where all the money collected will be donated’.

A special thank you is also addressed to Limassol Marina for hosting yacht Zeus free.

Further to the above, and as the YCF is open to more sponsors, we wanted to express our great appreciation to the following for their support:


 

Alassia NewShips Management Inc. JETSHUTTLE Amara Hotel KEO Bank of Cyprus Limassol Marina Canary Riverside Hotel (Auction prize)

Marina Vernicos Photography (Auction prize) Christian Moore (Auction prize) Marketway Ltd Cyprus Seeds (Collaborators) NAGA Markets Europe Ltd 

David Coulthard (Auction prize) ONE Light Ltd Digital Tree Ltd Prevention at Sea Elysium Hotel United Signals Heathgrove Estates Ltd Safe Bulkers, Inc.

H.S. Data Ltd Stelios Philanthropic Foundation IMH Ltd TechLink Ltd Iron FX and Zuri-Invest AG

Several other sponsors will be revealed during and after the charity event.

Special thank you also to all individuals and companies that donated with items to be auctioned:

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1. Karting lessons and dinner for two in Monaco with David Coulthard who will be present at the evening

 

Spend an afternoon learning how to go cart with race car champion, David Coulthard followed by dinner out in Monaco. David Coulthard, MBE is a British former racing driver from Scotland, later turned presenter, commentator and journalist. Nicknamed 'DC', he competed in 15 seasons of Formula One between 1994 and 2008, taking 13 Grand Prix victories and 62 podium finishes. Mr. John Christodoulou will also join for a memorable evening out that is sure to go down in the books!

2. Weekend stay for two in the presidential suite of the Canary Riverside Plaza hotel in London, UK

 

Enjoy a weekend at the Canary Riverside Plaza set within the historic wharfs and quays of East London, it’s the only five-star independent hotel in Canary Wharf. The spacious suites make for an incredibly comfortable stay, with many offering stunning views of the River Thames and city beyond. Enjoy the full five-star experience with access to the adjacent Health Club and Spa or indulge with afternoon tea on the sun-filled terrace at the Quadrato Restaurant.

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3. Limited Edition photograph by Marina Vernicos to be given in person on the night

Marina Vernicos was born and raised in Athens, Greece. She studied Communications and Photography at Emerson College of Boston and Business Administration at Harvard Extension School. Since 2001, she has showcased a number of solo and group exhibitions in distinguished galleries and museums around the world, such as the museum of Cycladic Art in Greece, Museum of Louvre and Eiffel Tower in Paris, Hangaram Art Museum in Korea, London, Monaco and NY.

4. Dinner and night out with Mr John Christodoulou and Anna Vissi in Monaco

 

Join the well-known, very successful and beloved Anna Vissi and Mr John Christodoulou for a memorable evening in Monaco on September 26th 2021. This follows the performance of Anna Vissi on the 25th of September on stage of Salle de Etoiles for the first time in Monaco in fall and part of the proceeds from the concert will be donated to HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation.

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5. Signed poster by Roger Moore, as James Bond 007

An exclusive framed poster of the OCTOPUSSY film dated in 1983 signed by Mr Roger Moore as James Bond 007, to be given in hand by his son Christian Moore who will be attending the gala dinner.

Octopussy is a 1983 spy film and the thirteenth in the James Bond series produced by Eon Productions; it was the sixth to star Roger Moore as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. It was directed by John Glen and the screenplay was written by George MacDonald Fraser, Richard Maibaum and Michael G. Wilson.

6. Relaxing weekends for 2 people including spa access and treatment at Amara Hotel Limassol and at Elysium Hotel Paphos

Enjoy two relaxing weekends for 2 people at two magnificent hotels: Amara Hotel in Limassol and Elysium Hotel in Paphos. The weekend stay will also include access and treatment at the luxurious spa. Amara is the new magnificent hotel in Limassol with an amazing view of the Mediterranean Sea, beautiful surroundings, excellent service and fabulous cuisine.  Elysium is a jewel for Paphos disctric touristic area, in an excellent location with a high quality service and welcoming hospitality in a diverse and wide options and services

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7. 2 seats on board a private jet (Citation X) for a weekend round trip from Larnaca to Mykonos valid until the 31st of August

Enjoy this luxurious flight to the vibrant Greek island of Mykonos. The offer includes 2 seats on board a private jet (Citation X) for a weekend round trip from Larnaca – Mykonos during the summer. This is a fantastic way to enrich your summer holidays and relax in the lively streets of Mykonos while enjoying the beautiful night life

THE SCHOOL FOR DEAF PRESENTS NEW KIOSK AT THE SCHOOL PLAYGROUND

Another project as a result of the Pancyprian Special School Competition entitled HANDS UP FOR ALL organized last year among the Special Needs Schools in Cyprus has been completed. The School for Deaf in Nicosia won the 3rd Prize and has utilized the award for the construction of a kiosk. Our Foundation is very pleased to have been able to support the students with hearing impairment or deafness through the upgrade of the outdoor facilities of the school. Students will be able to enjoy their break under the shade especially now the temperatures are getting warmer.

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BASKETBALL COURT SHELTER NOW COMPLETED AT THE 3RD KAIMAKI PRIMARY SCHOOL NICOSIA

We are delighted that the shelter for the basketball court at the 3rd Kaimakli Primary School, Nicosia, Cyprus has now been completed.

 

The students can now play in a well shaded space, protected from the harmful rays of the sun that also offers the opportunity for uninterrupted recreation when the weather is poor.

 

Physical Education will never be cancelled again!

 

The Yianis Christodoulou Foundation contributed towards this, together with Nicosia School Board and the Parents' Association of the school.

 

We are pleased to have received the ‘Thank You’ Letter by the students of the school. Our Foundation is really honoured to have been able to help your school to upgrade the outdoor basket-ball court. The smile on your all of your faces means gives us the strength to continue our work.

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UPDATE ON OUR TWO SPONSORED 'HEARING FOR DOGS FOR DEAF PEOPLE'

River…

River is well and truly settled in his child partnership with 13 year old Phoebe for over a year.  They have been inseparable ever since. They are best friends and always have time to stop for a cuddle.  Phoebe says: “We can’t imagine life without him”.

 

Yianis…

This handsome boy celebrates his third birthday.  Yianis has had a few setbacks to his hearing dog journey.  The COVID-19 pandemic has naturally delayed his training and he had a fall in which he sustained a Carpal fracture and had to have surgery.  The operation went well, and the good news is that there have been no complications with his recovery and he’s not required any further treatment.

 

As a consequence of his injury, Yianis role as a hearing dog has been adjusted to match his health and welfare needs.  He will become a Sound Support Dog and will help a deaf person who needs help with sounds in the home but no when they are out and about.  Once his training is complete, Yianis will be matched with a suitable deaf applicant and go on to be a life-changing companion in his new role for many years to come.

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NEW SNOEZELEN MULTI-SENSORY ROOM BEEN CREATED AT THEOSKEPASTI SPECIAL NEEDS SCHOOL

It is with great pleasure that we have seen the creation on the Snoezelen Multi-Sensory Room at Theoskepasti Special Needs School in Pafos –Cyprus which will offer a relaxing space to children with disabilities.

 

The room can engage and delight the children, stimulate reactions and encourage communication. The school has also won the 3rd Prize at the Special Needs Competition organized last year in Cyprus. The creativity and initiative of the teachers and the students for the creation of the art work last year has enabled the creation of the Snoezelen room.

You can watch the short film https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBQuInYIPfM

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HOPE HEELEY COMPLETES HER 2ND YEAR AT UNIVERSITY WITH A 1ST GRADE

Congratulations to Hope Heeley who has completed her second year at University with a 1st grade.

The Yianis Christodoulou Foundation acquired Hope's specialised wheel chair.

Keep up the hard work Hope !

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FOUNDATION SUPPORTS AYIOS SPYRIDONAS, APOSTOLOS VARNAVAS & APOSTOLOS LOUCAS SPECIAL NEEDS SCHOOLS

The Yianis Christodoulou Foundation is pleased to have been able to contribute substantially to the renovation of the outdoor area of Ayios Spyridonas Special School in Larnaca. The safety and health of the children is of high importance for our Foundation. Now the children can play safely and enjoy their time in the yard of the school. The renovation of the outdoor area was achieved as the school has won the 1st Prize (€10.000) of the Pancyprian Special School Competition titled HANDSUP4ALL which was organized last year in Cyprus. The prize was spent for the purchase of outdoor equipment and for the flooring installed.

 

You can enjoy here the song and the film that won the title ‘I create, I share, I love. This is me!’ with Nefeli Antoniou as the main singer.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZ2PfIiDLno

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The smile on the children’s faces and your letters give us the strength to continue our work. Our Foundation is so pleased to be have been able to support Nicosia Special School with the renovation of the Domestic Room where children with special needs can acquire life skills. Hope the new kitchen and home facilities will empower them and boost their self-confidence and independence.

Nicosia Special School won the 3rd Prize (€2.000) of the Special Schools Competition entitled HANDSUP4ALL organized last year in Cyprus. The amount was well spent for the purchase of the equipment and furniture.

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‘Keeping fit and healthy’ has been part of The Yianis Christodoulou Foundation campaign last year aiming to promote the health and well-being of students. It is a great pleasure for our Foundation to see that Apostolos Varnavas Special Needs Schools in Cyprus has utilized the 2nd Prize of the Pancyprian Special School Competition titled HANDS UP FOR ALL for the purchase of various sports and fitness equipment. The amount of €5000 was worth spent on creating a fitness room for the children. We are very pleased to have been able to support the upgrade of the facilities of the school. Above all we are very proud to have been able to support this particular group of children because all children have the right for high quality education.

 

You can watch the film created by the school here https://www.facebook.com/eidikosxoleioapvarnavas/videos/1332269837135238

 

 

Famagusta News web portal post about the school https://famagusta.news/local/liopetri/liopetri-kerdise-e5000-to-eidiko-scholeio-ap-varnavas-kai-agorase-exoplismo-vinteo-eikones/

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THE YIANIS CHRISTODOULOU FOUNDATION CONTINUES TO SUPPORT SISTEMA CYPRUS

Music paves the way, unites people, cultivates the imagination and creates hope!

Our Foundation believed in the vision of @Sistema Cyprus to provide equal access to music education, as well as, to promote the social integration of children with a migrant background.

In a few days the delivery of a new collection of instruments to upgrade the children's orchestra will be completed, comprising of percussion (timpani, marimba, xylophone, glockenspiel), but also strings instruments (cellos).

We look forward to your new concert!

Our Foundation continues with the same passion and determination to support such initiatives that empower the new generation and offer opportunities for creative engagement with the arts.

HRH QUEEN ELIZABETH II ACKNOWLEDGES SISTEMA CYPRUS BY AWARDING THE COMMONWEALTH POINTS OF LIGHT AWARD

The ‘Yianis Christodouloudou Foundation’ is proud for the huge acknowledgment of the Sistema Cyprus to join a video call with HRH Elizabeth II Queen of the UK and the three winners of the Commonwealth Points of Light award.

 

Congratulations to Dr Nikoletta Polydorou for her voluntary initiatives and hard work.

 

Congratulations to the whole Sistema Cyprus Team for ensuring access, inclusion and participation to music education for ALL children regardless of their colour, religion and background. The impact of this music programme on the lives of so many children is enormous.

 

Our Foundation is proud to have supported Sistema Cyprus in its early stages with the purchase of 18 string instruments and to be supporting it again now with the purchase of percussion instruments to upgrade their orchestra.

 

Well done to all children of the Sistema Symphony Orchestra for this great honour to perform for The Queen!

 

Keep playing music! Keep dreaming! Keep fighting for a better future!

FOUNDER OF THE YIANIS CHRISTODOULOU FOUNDATION MR JOHN CHRISTODOULOU HONOURED AT THE 3RD FESTIVAL OF FRIENDSHIP & CULTURE IN MEMORY OF CHRIS LAZARIS

Mr John Christodoulou was honoured during the 3rd annual Festival of Friendship and Culture organized in Limassol Cyprus on the 23rd of September 2020 in memory of Chris Lazaris, a successful ex-patriot. Due to the Covid-19 restrictions Mr Christodoulou was not able to attend, but he has sent his warm wishes and message.

 

Mr Yannis Karousos, Minister of Transport, Communications and Works gave a speech, on behalf of Mr Nicos Anastasiades, the President of the Republic of Cyprus, in honour of the work of Mr Christodoulou.

 

‘The acknowledgment of honour to Cypriot expatriates highlights the diverse contribution of the Cypriot community in our country. A generous and selfless offer which is highly valued by the Cypriot state and the entire Cypriot people as significant, on the one hand for the prosperity of our particular homeland, and, on the other hand for the preservation of our national identity and the promotion of our wider interests abroad.

 

This is exactly how the rich action of John Christodoulou that is honored tonight is recognized. By nurturing genuine feelings of love for his homeland through the activities of the Charitable Foundation, John Christodoulou supports timeless projects and initiatives in Cyprus in collaboration with public services and local organizations aiming to support children and young people and consequently to serve their diverse needs.

 

This substantial support contributed, among other things, to the upgrading of the students' learning environment and the education provided, as well as to the improvement of their standard of living. I would like to warmly congratulate and express the gratitude of the state to Mr. Christodoulou for his well-known exemplary action. Tonight's recognition of Mr. Christodoulou's work so far is an honor both for him and for his own people’.

 

The Founder of the Yianis Christodoulou Foundation will be honoured personally by the President of Cyprus when the unprecedented conditions of the Covid-19 pandemic terminate.

PRESENTATION OF THE YIANIS CHRISTODOULOU FOUNDATION & ITS FOUNDER JOHN CHRISTODOULOU ON CYPRUS NATIONAL TV CHANNEL (CYBC), AS PART OF THE 3RD FRIENDSHIP & CULTURE FESTIVAL IN MEMORY OF CHRIS LAZARIS.

OVER 75,000 FOOD AID PACKAGES DELIVERED DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC

We are pleased to announce that The Yianis Christodoulou Foundation has successfully delivered 75,000 food packages to people in need and to the hard working health professionals in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The food packages were delivered in the United Kingdom, Cyprus and Thailand.

We would like to thank the friends of the Foundation who have supported us during the pandemic.

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EDDIE HEARN VISITS SOUTHEND CHILDREN’S CHARITY TO SHOW SUPPORT ALONGSIDE THE YIANIS CHRISTODOULOU FOUNDATION

Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport visited Blenheim Children’s Centre in Southend to donate thousands of care packages to vulnerable children in the local area.

 

Parcels containing food, household essentials, colouring books and crayons were hand delivered to the children’s centre by the Essex-born promoter in activity arranged by The Yianis Christodoulou Foundation, with the effects of Covid-19 on local livelihoods at the forefront.

 

The Yianis Group owns the Park Inn Palace Hotel in Southend and has been showing support to charities in areas where they own real estate assets throughout the Coronavirus outbreak.

 

Founder of The Yianis Christodoulou Foundation, John Christodoulou said: “It is important to continue our efforts throughout this crisis to help our local communities in need”

 

“It means a lot to receive support from Eddie and his family, and the staff and volunteers from the charities were delighted to be able to meet them and be personally thanked for their ongoing hard work.”

 

Sally Manzoni, Operational Manager, Family Action in Southend said: “Family Action would like to say a huge thank you to The Yianis Christodoulou Foundation for their kind generosity.  The parcels will really be appreciated by the families we support in Southend and we know that the children especially, will enjoy the crayons and colouring books.”

 

Cllr Anne Jones, cabinet member for Children & Learning at Southend-on-Sea Borough Council added: “I would like to thank The Yianis Christodoulou Foundation for their generosity in donating these parcels, which will help keep young families fed through what continues to be a very challenging time for many.

 

“I was delighted to see the foundation working closely with Family Action and our children’s centre and Eddie to make this happen and bring a little relief and joy into our local community.”

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TOP SPORTING STARS DELIVER FOOD PARCELS TO CHILDREN IN LIVERPOOL AND MANCHESTER ON BEHALF OF THE YIANIS CHRISTODOULOU FOUNDATION

Hometown Liverpool and Manchester sporting legends Tony Bellew, Jamie Carragher and Ricky Hatton MBE along with Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson were on hand to deliver 6,000 food parcels to homeless and vulnerable children charities in Liverpool and Manchester.

The donations took place in Liverpool and Manchester were arranged by The Yianis Christodoulou Foundation, with the effects of Covid-19 on many local

families at the forefront of the activity.

 

The Whitechapel Centre Charity received the donation in Liverpool whilst the Barnabus, Just Life, Brydon Court and Women’s DA charities received the donations in Manchester.

 

Founder of The Yianis Christodoulou Foundation, John Christodoulou said: “Mine and The Yianis Christodoulou Foundation’s principles are built on mainly helping children and allowing them to fulfil their potential however, with this current crisis many more need help especially the charities who support families in their local community.

 

“It means a lot to receive support from such respected sports stars, and the staff and volunteers from the charities were delighted to be able to meet them and be personally thanked for their ongoing hard work."

"We worked with and listened to the organisations to ensure we were providing them with necessary products. We also worked with key suppliers from the hospitality sector to ensure that we were also giving back to our own industry whilst at the same time supporting another".

The Foundation thanks Ricky Hatton MBE, Tony Bellew, Jamie Carragher, Mayor Joe Anderson and of course the wonderful charities for their hard work.

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RESULTS OF PANCYPRIAN SPECIAL SCHOOL COMPETITION 

ENTITLED 'HELPING CHILDREN HANDS UP FOR ALL'

The Yianis Christodoulou Foundation (YCF) would like to congratulate the teachers and the students of the Public Special Schools that participated in the Pancyprian Special School Competition entitled ‘HELPING CHILDREN – HANDS UP FOR ALL’. Through the competition the YCF wanted to provide the opportunity to students with various disabilities or needs attending special schools to build on their creativity, interests and talents for the creation of various art or music related work that will convey the common values of equality, love, respect, friendship, inclusion, access etc.

 

All special schools have shown a great interest for participation and have worked really hard in order to send a wide range of entries: amazing songs and videos that show the work of the teachers and students, colourful drawings, 3D art work and many more. The assessment procedure was hard and the committee was faced with various challenges.

 

Based on the regulations of the ‘HANDS UP FOR ALL’ Competition, 3 main prizes of €17.000 was planned to be given to 3 winning schools: 1st prize of €10.000, 2nd prize of €5.000 and 3rd prize of €2.000. After careful consideration of all entries, and while acknowledging the effort and time that the teachers and the students have devoted, the YCF has decided that the 3rd prize of €2.000, will be awarded equally to the rest of the special schools. Therefore, the total amount to be given for the competition will be €27.000 (1st prize €10.000, 2nd prize €5.000 and 3rd prize €2.000 to the rest of the special schools that participated in the competition – 6 schools in total).

 

The winning schools that will receive the first two prizes are the following:

 

  • The 1st prize of €10.000 is awarded to ‘Eidiko Sholio Agios Spyridonas (Ειδικό Σχολείο Αγίου Σπυρίδωνα - Λάρνακα’ (Larnaca) for the video – song – lyrics ‘I create, I share, I love, That’s who I am’ (Δημιουργώ, Μοιράζομαι, Αγαπώ. Αυτό είμαι εγώ!). The main singers are Nefeli Antoniou, a talented young girl who finds it very very hard to speak but sings beautifully, Giorgos Anastasiou and Andry Kakoushi. The song was composed by Elena Eleftheriadou and the lyrics were written Andry Charalambous in cooperation with the students.

  • The 2nd prize of €5.000 is awarded to Eidiko Sholio Apostolos Varnavas (Ειδικό Σχολείο Αποστόλου Βαρνάβα) for the 3D art work titled: ‘From cooperation to love, from love to support and back to raising our hands up’ (Από την συνεργασία στην αγάπη, από την αγάπη στην αλληλεγγύη και ξανά όλοι τα χέρα ψηλά).

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  • The 3rd prize of €2.000 is awarded equally to each of the 6 special schools that participated in the competition, so that each school will receive the above amount:

  • Eidiko Sholio Evaggelismos (Ειδικό Σχολείο Ευαγγελισμός) for the song ‘SIKOSE TA HERIA PSILA – Σήκωσε τα χέρια ψηλά’.

  • Sholi Kofon (Σχολή Κωφών Λευκωσίας) for the video ‘Ο κόσμος όλος μια σκηνή κι ο καθένας έχει ένα ρόλο να παίξει’

  • Eidiko Sholio Lefkosias (Ειδικό Σχολείο Λευκωσίας) for the video ‘Our children – Τα δικά μας παιδιά’

  • Eidiko Sholio Apostolos Loucas (Ειδικό Σχολείο Απόστολος Λουκάς) for the video …..321 launch’

  • Eidiko Sholio Theoskepasti Paphos (Ειδικό Σχολείο Θεοσκέπαστη Πάφος) for the Life raft ‘Learning knows no bounds’

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  • Sholi Tiflon (Σχολή Τυφλών Λευκωσίας) for the art work ‘Όλη η αγάπη είναι στα χέρια μας, ας τη μοιραστούμε’

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It is noted that all the above prizes will be utilized, as per the regulations of the competition, for the purchase of essential equipment, the improvement of the infrastructure or the upgrade of the facilities of the above schools, based on their needs and the approval of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports and Youth.

 

The award ceremony of the competition will be organized after the beginning of the new academic year 2020-21 provided that this will be allowed by the guidelines of the Ministry of Health related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

BOBBY ZAMORA PRESENTS FOOD PARCELS PROVIDED BY THE FOUNDATION TO LOCAL TOWER HAMLETS SCHOOL CHILDREN'S FAMILIES DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Founder of The Yianis Group and Yianis Christodoulou Foundation, John Christodoulou has pledged his support to join the fight against coronavirus by supplying the families of the Cyril Jackson School with much needed food parcels. Bobby Zamora, former professional English footballer who played for England as well as West Ham United supported the foundation by presenting the parcels to the school on Friday 12th. 

 

The property entrepreneur and philanthropist founded The Yianis Christodoulou Foundation in 2016 after years of supporting charitable causes, and with a clear objective to help those most vulnerable and the impact of COVID 19, John and the Foundation’s team wanted to help in any way they could. 

 

The Foundation purchased food parcels for each pupil and their families attending the school based in Limehouse Causeway, Poplar, London E14 8BN. 

 

The food packs were agreed along with the school to ensure that their contents included what was most needed such as rice, flour, long life milk, cereal and many other staple items. 

 

Founder of The Yianis Christodoulou Foundation, John Christodoulou said: “Mine and The Yianis Christodoulou Foundation’s principles are built on mainly helping children and allowing them to fulfil their potential however, with this current crisis many more need help especially the schools who help the families in their community and need support more than ever to do this.”

 

“We worked with and listened to the organisations to ensure we were providing them with necessary products. We also worked with key suppliers from the hospitality sector to ensure that we were also giving back to our own industry whilst at the same time supporting another.” 

The foundation has also delivered over 6,000 energy boosting packs to the entire staff of the Royal London Hospital, food packs to the elderly and vulnerable members of the Cypriot community in the UK, and energy packs to all of the staff of the public hospitals in Cyprus.

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WEEKLY PRESENTS TO VULNERABLE CHILDREN AS FOOD AID GATHERS PACE IN THAILAND

The Friday morning giveaway presents to vulnerable children in Banglamung Chonburi Thailand as food aid continues.

FORMER INTERNATIONAL GOALKEEPER SUPPORTS FOUNDATION'S FOOD AID INITIATIVE IN THAILAND

Roy Carroll the former goalkeeper of Northern Ireland, Manchester United, Wigan Athletic, and Olympiacos sends a thank you message for the Yianis Christodoulou Foundation's food aid and initiative in Thailand.

YIANIS CHRISTODOULOU FOUNDATION PROVIDES PRESENTS TO VULNERABLE CHILDREN AS FOOD AID CONTINUES FOR THE NEEDY IN THAILAND

Friday morning giveaway presents to vulnerable children in Banglamung Chonburi Thailand being provided by The Yianis Christodoulou Foundation.

 

Within every child’s present there is a book, pencil, pencil sharpener, crisps, sweets, biscuits and a yogurt.

PUBLIC FIGURES OF CYPRUS & GREECE STAND BY THE FOUNDATION WITH A LOUD MESSAGE TO STAY ALERT & SAFE #inthistogether

Going through the most important period regarding the final fight against COVID-19, The Yianis Christodoulou Foundation joined forces with various public figures from Cyprus and Greece; Demetris Basis, Andri Karanthoni, Andreas Giortsios, Thiseas Ioannou, Christos Gregoriades, Marina Vronti, Peggy Spineli, Andri Hadjichristodoulou, Mike Arnaoutis, Marios Priamos Ioannides, Constantinos Iasonos, Yiannis Minos and George Evagorou; aiming to send a loud message to the public regarding the crucial meaning of social distancing and hygiene in order to stay safe.

With the slogan #inthistogether, The Foundation has summoned up public figures from the industries of broadcasting, acting, journalism, sports as well as music, and through a short video, which was uploaded on the foundation’s social media platforms, as well as other sites, sends a clear message that in order to win the war against the virus we need to be fully united for the absolute compliance to the rules set by the experts and the society.

Mr John Christodoulou, the founder of Yianis Christodoulou Foundation characteristically stated: “Returning back to our life, we’ve realized that the utter defeat of the virus still needs great personal effort by each and everyone of us. This means that currently our priority is not thinking about yourself, but about thinking about the others. For this reason, we wanted to communicate with the public through this video to remind them that our future lays completely in our own hands. Therefore, I would like to say thank you to all those public figures who contributed to this effort, since their catalytic contribution made our message even louder. Because we need to stand together for the greater good.”

The Yianis Christodoulou Foundation usually supports children and young people in need to reach their full potential, improve their livelihoods, and upgrade the teaching and learning environment through various projects. The Foundation could not have stayed untouched in these difficult times by supporting people in need and raising the awareness of the public.

THE INITIATIVES OF THE FOUNDATION WERE PRESENTED ON THE PUBLIC TV CHANNEL (CYBC) IN CYPRUS

The initiatives of the Yianis Christodoulou Foundation were presented last Saturday 30th of May 2020 on the Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation (CyBC – Public TV Channel) at the programme CYPRIOTS OF THE WORLD (ΚΥΠΡΙΟΙ ΤΟΥ ΚΟΣΜΟΥ).

 

The Founder, Mr John Christodoulou, presented the initiatives organized during the COVID-19 lockdown, both in Cyprus and the UK. The two main initiatives were: the provision and delivery of food packages to Greek Cypriots in need (elderly, disabled, single mothers and vulnerable) across the UK and the provision and delivery of thank you packs to 6,107 health workers in all 9 public hospitals in Cyprus.


Mr  Andreas Papaevripides, President of the World Federation of Overseas Cypriots (POMAK) and Christos Karaolis, President of the Federation of Cypriots in the UK, commented on the voluntary work of the Yianis Christodoulou Foundation in the UK.

FOUNDATION FUNDING FOOD AID INITIATIVE IN BANGLAMUNG CHONBURI THAILAND

Where there is a willingness to help where truly needed, no boundary, border or difficulty can stop it. In Thailand, people are lining up every day for 9-10 hours for little food, due to COVID-19. The Yianis Christodoulou Foundation responded immediately.

 

The Foundation is funding a food aid initiative in Banglamung Chonburi, Thailand providing daily food to the needy.

 

With 650 meals a day being provided, a typical box contains a sausage, rice, bag of peanuts and a bottle of water There are moments when the phrase ‘I can’t’ has no place.

FOUNDATION SUPPORTS MENTAL HEALTH WEEK 

We all have bad days, it’s ok to be not ok, especially now in these uncertain times. Please do not keep things to yourself talk to a family member, friend or a professional.

 

Be kind to each other, check to see if your friends or colleagues are ok.

 

In support of Mental Health Awareness Week The Yianis Christodoulou Foundation has donated to Young Minds UK which is charity partner of the Heads Together Royal Foundation.

 

Young Minds UK

Leads the fight for a future where all young minds are supported and empowered, whatever the challenges.  They make sure that children get the best possible mental health support and have the resilience to overcome life's difficulties.     

 

The Yianis Christodoulou Foundation has a similar mission to empower children to reach their full potential, improve their livelihoods through education and social projects.

 

Heads Together

Heads Together is a mental health initiative spearheaded by The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, which combines a campaign to tackle stigma and change the conversation on mental health with fundraising for a series of innovative new mental health services.

 

Their Royal Highnesses have built on the great work that is already taking place across the country, to ensure that people feel comfortable with their everyday mental wellbeing, feel able to support their friends and families through difficult times, and that stigma no longer prevents people getting the help they need.

 

To donate and find out more about the great work Young Minds UK are achieving please visit...

https://youngminds.org.uk/

 

To find out more about the work that the Heads Together Royal Foundation is supporting please visit...

https://www.headstogether.org.uk

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ENERGY BOOST FOOD PACKAGES PREPARED AND DELIVERED TO ALL PUBLIC HOSPITALS IN CYPRUS REPORTED BY ANT1

Report includes a short interview of Mr Christodoulou, founder of The Yianis Christodoulou Foundation where he refers to the UK Cypriot community and the future for the economy.

 

SIX THOUSAND CARE PACKS DELIVERED TO THE NHS HEROES WORKING AT THE ROYAL LONDON HOSPITAL

Thursday, 7th May 2020 The Yianis Christdoulou Foundation, combined with industry contacts across the hospitality sector to create and deliver 6000 individual care packs for the NHS staff at The Royal London Hospital Whitechapel London.

 

The contents of the care packs were agreed with the hospital such as energy releasing snacks, drinks for hydration, as well as fresh fruit for a nutritional boost.

 

John Christodoulou, founder of the Foundation said “Mine and The Yianis Christodoulou Foundation’s principles are built on helping others and allowing them to fulfil their potential.  The only way in my eyes that the brave and heroic NHS can fulfil their potential of helping others, is if they are supplied with what they most need”.

 

The 20 pallets of care packs a total of 6000 were delivered by the Foundations Ambassador Eleni C, winner of the International Music Festival for the UK as well as being opening act for huge names such as Fleur East, Alesha Dixon, Foxes, Stooshe, Little Boots and Becky Hill was on hand to help.

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HEARTWARMING MESSAGES OF THANKS FOR THE UK CYPRIOT COMMUNITY FOR FOOD PACKAGES

Heartwarming selection of messages from the UK Cypriot community who received their food packages that was sponsored by The Yianis Christodoulou Foundations. 

Thank you to all the health workers of the nine public hospitals in Cyprus for fighting against COVID-19.

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THANK YOU CYPRUS HEALTHCARE WORKERS ! LABOUR DAY 2020

NICOSIA HEALTHCARE HEROES THANKS

Many thanks to the healthcare heroes from the General Hospital of Nicosia, Cyprus for sending us these great pictures. Along with a thank you message 'efxaristoume!' for their snack bags provided by the Foundation as part of its intiative for Labour Day.

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MISSION COMPLETED ! SNACK BAGS DELIVERED TO CYPRUS PUBLIC HOSPITALS

The distribution of 6,107 thank-you-snack-bags to all health professionals and workers of all 9 public hospitals in Cyprus, was completed today with great success, on the occasion of the labour day celebrations.

We are very proud with the speed of distributing all thank-you-bags in just 3 days to all the public hospitals in Cyprus. We have started on Tuesday 28th of April from Poli Chrysoxous, to Paphos General Hospital and then to Limassol General Hospital. On Wednesday 29th we started with Ammohostos Hospital, Larnaca, the Psychiatric Unit and then reaching out to Kyperounda – Troodos Hospital. Our last stop was today, Thursday 30th of April at the General Hospital of Nicosia, as well as at Makarios Hospital.

The initiative was inspired by Mr John Christodoulou, the founder of the Yianis Christodoulou Foundation, who wishes to express his appreciation to all members of the medical community, who put their personal health, and their families’, at risk in order to overcome these challenging times experienced by all the nations globally. 

This sweet gesture was warmly embraced by the medical community, members of which expressed their deepest gratitude towards the YCF and especially towards Mr John Christodoulou and highlighted that this gesture is a constructive way to reward the front-line medical team. Finally, they added that they hope for the future support by Mr John Christodoulou, knowing well his generosity and his altruistic nature.

Mr John Christodoulou as well as all the members of Yianis Christodoulou Foundation send their special thanks to LaikoCosmos Trading for their collaboration and professionalism following the safety measures to prepare thousands of bags in a very short time. Additionally, warm thanks are directed to the Nursing Branches of PASYDY Trade Union for their cooperation.

The Yianis Christodoulou Foundation usually supports children and young people in need to reach their full potential, improve their livelihoods, and upgrade the teaching and learning environment through various projects. The Foundation could not have stayed untouched by helping others in these difficult times.

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Press Release in Greek

FOOD PACKAGES DELIVERED TO UK CYPRIOTS IN NEED

Batches of food packages were prepared and delivered to UK Cypriots in need by The Yianis Christodoulou Foundation generously covered all the costs of this initiative.

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FOUNDATION'S CYPRUS TEAM SUPPORTING CYPRUS HEALTH HEROES IN ALL PUBLIC HOSPITALS BY PROVIDING FOOD PACKAGES

Great work in Cyprus from the Foundation's Cyprus team providing 'many thanks' food packages to the 6,107 first line health professionals (nurses, doctors, assistance staff) working in all 9 public hospitals.

 

A thank you package from the heart to you our heroes.

 

THANK YOU !

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