01 Φεβ Larnaca Zenon Bridge Club: Supporting Our Community
With the advent of the coronavirus earlier this year, the Larnaca Zenon Bridge Club, like other sporting clubs, found itself restricted from holding its regular in-person games.
Those of you who are fans of bridge will understand that this situation is untenable for a true bridge aficionado. Thus, taking an attitude of can-do, Errikos Leonidou, Treasurer of the Cyprus Bridge Federation and Zenon club member, proposed to Kathryn Andreas, Zenon Chairperson, that members bring out their laptops and organise virtual bridge games via the Bridge Base Online platform.
The fee normally paid to play live bridge would be recorded for each person playing, and eventually the amount collected would go to charity. This idea was put into practice and the online bridge games have proved to be a huge success, indeed a real ‘life-saver’ for many members.
The Zenon Club chose to support two charities: Phyloptochos Chrysopolitissa and the Friendship Circle. Our criteria in choosing the charities was that any money donated would go directly to those in need and not get funnelled into administrative expenses.
Each charity was to receive 1000 euros. Both charities have provided invaluable support to people in need, and this was particularly evident during the Covid-19 crisis.
On our visit to each of these charities, we were humbled and impressed by the dedication of the volunteers and their determination to reach out to the greatest number of people in need.
Phyloptochos Chrysopolitissa was set up by Archbishop Makarios in 1948 during a period of extreme hardship for Cypriots. The charity aids those with life-threatening illnesses by providing funds to purchase non-free medicine or for treatment.
It assists poor students and orphans and will give exceptional funds in order to meet urgent needs (i.e. unable to pay utility bill or rent). It is also a tradition of the charity to extend financial aid to those in greatest need at Easter and Christmas.
The Zenon Club chose to support two charities: Phyloptochos Chrysopolitissa and the Friendship Circle (above). Our criteria in choosing the charities was that any money donated would go directly to those in need and not get funnelled into administrative expenses