THE Pancyprian food collection campaign, under the name “Dynami Kyprion”, was completed successfully, Hermes airports announced on Monday. “The campaign which lasted for about a month was the first significant public-private partnership in the context of a charity effort aimed at collecting food supplies for our fellow citizens in need of support,” Hermes airports said. The campaign was conducted in collaboration with the education ministry and was supported by more than 35 institutions and organisations as well as by more than 1,000 volunteers all over Cyprus.
“The public was able to send specific types of food via their children to the schools around Cyprus. The school administrations then distributed these foods to the families of their students in need of support,” Hermes added.
It is estimated that during this collective effort 65 tonnes of food were collected at the schools participating in the campaign nationwide. It is also estimated that during the campaign more than 9,000 food packages were prepared by the schools and delivered quietly and discreetly to an equivalent number of families in need of support.
According to Hermes, due to the severe difficulties that Cypriot society is currently facing, it was not possible in the end to create significant surpluses in the schools, as in most cases the food which had been collected was barely enough to cover the needs of students from families in need of support.
“On the one hand this demonstrates how important and necessary it was to conduct this campaign, and on the other hand reminds us all that this effort of solidarity and support for our fellow citizens in need should be continued and further intensified,” Hermes said.
“Beyond the objective goal of collecting food, the campaign also aimed to reaffirm the determination of our people to overcome as one all the difficulties caused to our country by the economic crisis. In this context, we hope that the power of solidarity will be further reinforced in 2014 because if we are united nothing can defeat us,” Hermes added.
Pancyprian food campaign handed out 9,000 packages