Christmas charity in Larnaca

Posted On November 28, 2006

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The Season of charity and goodwill is being taken literally in Larnaca, as local shopkeepers team up with social services to try and make the Christmas a little better for less well off children.

To this end, the traditional late night shopping ritual will be given a new twist, as shoppers will be encouraged to bring along extra presents to be donated to underprivileged and disabled children.

The idea is that you bring along a wrapped present(s), label it boy or girl and the age that it is appropriate for and donate it to a participating shop. The presents will then be distributed with the help of Larnaca social services.

This is the first year that such an event has taken place, and the organisers are keen to make it as big a success as possible. “As far as I known there is nothing else like this in Cyprus. We want to get as many people to take part so that we can make this an annual event,” said event organiser Andi Dyason.

As well as being an opportunity to help local children, it is also seen as being a perfect occasion for Cypriot and British people to come together and celebrate Christmas. “The evening should be really good fun, as each shop will be providing mince pies, mulled wines, lucky dips, hot chestnuts, zivania and traditional Cypriot Christmas goodies. There will also be Cypriot dancing by the children from the Athanasia School of dance and Christmas Carols,” said Dyason. Dyason also wants to get the word out to local schools, so that the pupils can get involved and donate old or unwanted toys, or even buy new ones.

The event will take place on Friday, December 1, from 5-8pm at Forest Beach, Dhekelia Road in Larnaca.