Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou granted today 50 cash prizes of €10,000 to Greek-Cypriots and Turkish-Cypriots, as an endeavor to consolidate the island's bi-communal relations. The aim of the charitable work of Sir Stelios is to establish lasting peace on the island.
During the awards ceremony held today in Nicosia, Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou said, that Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots participation in this year’s bicommunal Awards exceeded all expectations, as the number of teams doubled to reach 215, which is a new record number. He pointed out that the great response was due to the excellent publicity received by the contest page of the Stelios Philanthropic Foundation on Facebook. Sir Stelios added, “We gave the opportunity to Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots to join the group Stelios Cyprus Bi-Communal Awards 2016 on Facebook, to meet each other, to network and develop partnerships”.
President Nikos Anastasiades, who attended the Awards Ceremony and greeted, said that the Stelios Foundation not only rewards the efforts to promote and develop joint projects between Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots in different areas, but actively contributes to strengthening socio-economic ties between the two communities. President Anastasiades emphasized that the success of the awards is not surprising, since Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots worked together for decades, proving that their common denominator, which is their Cypriot identity and the desire to prosper together, is strong and durable.
“My presence here today sends a clear message that the Republic of Cyprus remains sincerely committed to support such bi-communal initiatives that support our efforts at the negotiation table, which aim to achieve a comprehensive solution which will end the unacceptable status quo and will reunite our country, its people, its economy and its institutions, "said President Anastasiades.
Remarkably, since 2009 the overall value of prizes for bicommunal cooperation amounts to EUR 2 million.
The list of 50 winning bi-communal teams is:
1. Chara Savvidou, Neshe Yashin – Exhibition and Poetry Book in Greek and Turkish
2. Harris Kafkarides, Yasar Ersoy – A web page & book which records the 30 collaborating years of Satiriko & Belediye theatre