Church and bank help to re­place ‘dan­ger­ous’ par­ti­tion

Cyprus Today - - NEWS - By YASEMİN GÜLPINAR

A “DAN­GER­OUS” old par­ti­tion at the adult Spe­cial Needs Cen­tre in Karakum has been re­placed, thanks to Girne’s St An­drew’s Church and a help­ing hand from Turk­ish Bank.

The church con­trib­uted £500 from its Au­gust Kur­ban Bayram cam­paign for the needy and the bank added £250 af­ter school of­fi­cials voiced fears that a wooden frame hold­ing a large win­dow as part of the par­ti­tion wall was rot­ten in places and posed a threat to the 20 stu­dents and staff us­ing the premises.

The is­sue was pointed out dur­ing a re­cent church visit to the cen­tre by act­ing chap­lain Rev Mike Gra­ham and church war­den Sandy Oram, and the re­place­ment was agreed in place of a cash do­na­tion.

The new alu­minium frame and win­dow has now been fit­ted and a cheque to cover the cost was pre­sented to the cen­tre in a cer­e­mony on Wed­nes­day.

The cen­tre’s head, Leyla Yor­gancıoğlu Usta, said: “We were pre­pared to fix it our­selves as we were scared that it would in­jure some­one if fell down or broke, so when we were ap­proached by the church straight af­ter our de­ci­sion we were very happy to ac­cept.

“It meant we could use the fund­ing from our own bud­get on some other need for the school — and we have many. We are al­ways grate­ful for such do­na­tions as we need ex­tra sup­port from the com­mu­nity.”

Mr Gra­ham said Kur­ban Bayram do­na­tions had been col­lected af­ter a sug­ges­tion by a parish­ioner and ex­plained: “The head . . . had re­cently re­ceived a quo­ta­tion for the work from a lo­cal con­trac­tor, Mehmet Güdük­boy, who had him­self gen­er­ously of­fered to do the work for half price, but fol­low­ing the re­cent eco­nomic prob­lems in the TRNC the bal­ance was un­avail­able. The St An­drew’s col­lec­tion al­low[ed] this work to be com­pleted and make the area safe.”

Mrs Oram added: “It’s nice to give to peo­ple who don’t al­ways re­ceive such fund­ing from the pub­lic all the time.”

St An­drew’s Church and Turk­ish Bank rep­re­sen­ta­tives with pupils and teach­ers of the Spe­cial Needs Cen­tre dur­ing the cheque pre­sen­ta­tion

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