A fundraising “fun day” for an expat cancer patient called off last week amid fears over a goverment crackdown on foreign entertainers is to go ahead under the banner of the SOS Children’s Village.
The “Funday Saturday” will now take place on September 26, raising money for 262 children receiving family-based care under the SOS charity as well as for the medical costs of Vic Chappell.
“The show will go on,” declared organiser Lee Hickens of the event, which starts at Lapta’s JK’s Bar at 3pm and will go on until late, with activities including quizzes and live music.
Fun and games will include a coconut shy, and a raffle with a variety of prizes up for grabs, for which donations of prizes are welcomed.
Mr Hickens will host the evening, which will feature a “Name That Tune” music quiz at about 6.30pm, karaoke and a 1960s/1970s disco, as well as live music including a turn by Barry Snakes.
Mr Hickens said “We are happy that we will now be able to go ahead and raise funds for our dear friend who is in desperate need of help and we will also be collecting money towards a great cause – children who are being cared for at the SOS.”
Friends of Mr Chappell and his wife, Maria, said the couple were glad the event would now go
ahead, saying every little would help towards the cost of the treatment, which is to
be confirmed once biopsy reports are received.
Sirin of the SOS Children’s Village added: “We really appreciate organizers involved in the charity event for thinking of us.
“It’s great to know that this event will help both Mr Chappell and our children along with raising awareness towards both of the causes.”
To donate or give a raffle prize, call Mr Hickens on 0533 843 6539 or bar owner Daren Barton
on 0533 835 6114.
By Yasemin Gülpinar for Cyprus Today