A grand opening is to be held following construction of indoor and outdoor play areas for Ziyamet Special Needs School Fundraising to build safe outdoor and indoor play spaces for the children included last October’s Kumyalı Nature Walk and contributions by members of the Little Society of Kyrenia, Civil Emergency Service Volunteers (CESV 112) and Esentepe Fun, Run and Ramble committee.
Orders were placed last week for equipment worth 22,000 TL, including two swings, a roundabout, seesaw, soft flooring and a ramp for wheelchair users in the outdoor area, while for the indoor play room there are sofas, carpets and a safety cage full of soft balls.
A further 700 TL raised for the project will be used for fencing the outdoor play area to prevent possible vandalism, and a date for the launch will be announced later. Fun run committee chairman Art Watson told Cyprus Today: “The school staff and children are so delighted that it makes us proud and we thank everyone who supported us along the way.
“There are positive developments which make us happy to know that the government is now ‘owning’ Ziyamet, as the Education Ministry has also made some improvements to the school by painting and decorating external areas and hopefully they will provide roofing for the outdoor playground to avoid damage from] sun, rain and birds.
“We are thinking of a long-term plan and another organising Kumyal Nature Walk this year, but we are still to decide on a specific project to support.”
By Yasemin Gülpinar for Cyprus Today