€10,000 Raised For Charity By The Anglican Church of Paphos
The Christmas Fayre run by the Anglican Church of Paphos at The Monte Lisa on 6th December 2017 raised an amazing €10,000 which will help 22 charities both large and small based on the island with many working in the Paphos District. We would like to say a huge thank you to all those who came on the day, those who worked so hard to make the event possible and to the many local businesses and individuals who gave us help with donations and advertising. We are delighted to have been able to make such a difference to those in our local community once again.
This year, as usual, members of the Hospital and Clinic Visitors’ Team met at 10 a.m. on the 15th December 2017 outside the Children’s Ward at Paphos General Hospital to sing Christmas carols to the children, their families and the staff.
The team members were joined by Reverend Andrew and Canon Anthony as well as members of all three of the Anglican Church of Paphos’s congregations together with Father Fernando of the Latin Catholic Church.
Every year, just before Christmas, the three churches of our parish bring Christmas cheer to three specific charities; St. Stephen’s have the Giving Tree in which they buy gifts and present them to the local needy children in the Tala area, St. Luke’s put together boxes for the Mission to Seafarers at Limassol and Ayia Kyriaki raised money to buy gifts for the refugee children of the Kofinou Refugee Camp.
On 9th December, Reverend Andrew and the two Wardens of Ayia Kyriaki, went to the camp where, along with all the other Anglican parishes in Cyprus, gave the gifts, which all had the names and ages of the children to whom they were to be given, to Father Christmas who presented them to the children.
Father Christmas’s visit and the gifts brought from all the parishes were much appreciated by all the children.
St Stephen’s was delighted to once again help out with presents for the children in Paphos under the care of Social Services. A tag with the gender and age of a child was placed on the ‘Giving Tree’ for each child in need and people were invited to take a tag, purchase an appropriate gift, wrap it up labeling it with the tag and place it under the tree. In place of the tag, a glass bauble was put on the tree. 50 gifts (25 girls from between 6 months and 15 years) and 25 boys (between 1 year and 16 years) were given together with 2 additional ones for a Syrian refugee family. 8 extra gifts across the age and gender spectrum were also provided in case of any ’emergency need’ over the Christmas holiday which can also be used at other times of the year if they were not required. The gifts were taken to Social Services in time for the tags to have individual names put on them by members of staff and delivered by ‘Father Christmas’ in time for Christmas.
Christmas ‘Shoe’ boxes for Seafarers: It is most gratifying that through the love, care and commitment of parishioners across most of the archdeaconry and not least St. Luke’s from within Paphos; and that of Girl Guides, Brownies and Rainbow Children, not least from the military bases; and the indefatigable efforts of a core of Mission to Seafarers Volunteers at the Limassol Centre under Ken Wiseman’s leadership, nearly 200 boxes were gifted to seafarers over Christmastide.