Presidential Palace opens doors to children with special needs
Nicosia, Oct 17 – Τhe Presidential Palace opened its doors to children with special needs as part of functions organized for the 20th Radiomarathon, a three-day annual fund-raising charity event for children with disabilities.
The children had the opportunity to talk and have lunch with President Demetris Christofias and his wife Elsi, in an event which included dancing, singing, games and magic tricks.
In her welcoming speech, Mrs. Christofia said that this year Radiomarathon celebrates 20 years of existence. She said that while 20 years ago this institution was trying to make people aware of the problems of people with special needs, today it is fighting for their full integration into society.
She pointed out that Radiomarathon is now an all encompassing social institution which has been embraced with love by the whole of society. She added that the people of Cyprus supported the event through all these years with generous donations.
The first lady said she was sure that this year’s donations to the event will surpass all expectations.
Speaking at the event, the Minister of Labor and Social Insurance Sotiroula Charalambous reiterated the commitment of the state to introduce institutional reforms and services which will help improve the quality of life and provide more opportunities for the social integration of people with disabilities.
The 20th Radiomarathon began officially on Sunday, October 18, with fund-raising events across the government-controlled areas of Cyprus and will culminate on Monday and Tuesday, with 53 kiosks operating in every town of the government-controlled areas of Cyprus for donations, while 14 piggy-bank cars will be on tour to collect money from villages. During the three-day event marches, sport and other charity functions are planned in Cyprus and overseas, where Cypriots reside.