- Title: CYPRUS: Concert held to collect food for those in need
- Date: 1st April 2013
- Summary: VARIOUS OF PEOPLE WALKING TOWARDS CONCERT ORCHESTRA PLAYING ON STAGE PERFORMER SINGING WITH GUITAR PLAYER PEOPLE WATCHING AS PERFORMER SINGS CHILD WATCHING CONCERT FROM FATHERS SOLDIERS WOMAN DANCING WITH CHILD BAND PLAYING IN FRONT OF STAGE WITH BARREL DRUMS THAT READ CYPRUS AID DRUMMER DRUMMING BAND PLAYING MAN FOLLOWING MUSIC BAND WITH PEOPLE WATCHING THREE GIRLS CLAPPING
- Embargoed: 16th April 2013 13:00
- Location: Cyprus
- Country: Cyprus
- Topics: Entertainment,General
- Reuters ID: LVAEUP0C0ETZBIFF4T3PLD3YVVN3
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- Story Text: Some 50 prominent artists from Greece and Cyprus hosted an eight hour concert in the Cypriot capital on Monday (April 1) to collect food and supplies for the island's vulnerable at a time of financial crisis.
The prominent singers organised the event in Nicosia with the help of the city's mayor and volunteer groups. They are asking people to donate foodstuffs such as flour, rice and oil; and supplies such as cleaning products or baby care in exchange for free entry to the concert. The products will be taken to charity community centres and then handed out to those in need.
"We are trying to give whatever we can, something for our fellow man, it is a good thing to help people because things are really difficult," said Cypriot Anna Georgiou.
Nicosia mayor Constantinos Georgkakakis, who helped organise the event, said the concert's message is one of hope.
"We are here for two main purposes, first to give a message of hope, a new beginning, humanity and solidarity. And secondly and most importantly we are here to support this beautiful cause without presents but with products that we are called to bring in to help people in need in this hour," he said.
Cyprus has signed a bailout with the European Union and International Monetary fund in exchange for rescue funds that has saved the island from bankruptcy, but which comes with severe economic reforms.
Unemployment has reached 15 percent on the island, as austerity measures, such as wage and pension cuts have been implemented.
Cyprus first asked for help in June 2012.
Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades said on Friday (March 29) that the 10-billion euro bailout had contained the risk of national bankruptcy and would prevent the country from leaving the euro.
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