The Children in Need Foundation (CiNF) has launched its annual fundraiser with Iktisatbank to provide Christmas presents for the country’s underprivileged children.
Donors are being urged to drop off gifts at the bank’s branches in central Lefkoșa, Karakum, Alsancak, Gazi Maǧusa or Güzelyurt.
They will be passed on to CiNF to give to youngsters aged up to 18, and donors are asked to wrap their parcels and indicate whether it is intended for a boy or a girl and for what age range.
Even a small toy can make a big difference to a child’s life, said a bank spokesman, adding: “The charity has worked hard over the years supplying computers, helped with refurbishing classrooms etc and have even provided a bus to take the children out on day trips to the beach and the local countryside. This interaction has made a major difference to these children’s lives.”
Iktisatbank general manager Ahmet M Karavelioǧlu said: “I am delighted that Iktisatbank are once again able to help this very worthy charity, helping make this special time of the year even more special for those children in our community who have a variety of needs.”
Alan Fairley, of CiNF, said: “We are thrilled that the bank is supporting this cause once again.”
The campaign ends on Monday, December 15 and the charity will collect and distribute donated gifts two days later.