Early Xmas fes­tiv­i­ties

Cyprus Today - - LEISURE -

CHRIST­MAS cel­e­bra­tions came early this year with sev­eral fairs and char­ity fundrais­ers tak­ing place last week and over the week­end. A Christ­mas Fayre raised 8,540TL for the lo­cal pri­mary school when it was held at Tatlısu’s Sea Wise restau­rant and bar last Fri­day. Mem­bers of the com­mu­nity, in­clud­ing ex­pats, turned out in sup­ports of the school’s head teacher, Mehmet Er­den, who plans to de­velop and im­prove con­di­tions for his pupils. Stalls sold items in­clud­ing home-made cakes, painted peb­bles, toys and clothes, plants, books, DVDs and CDs, while a large Christ­mas tree, com­plete with lights and dec­o­ra­tions, was the prize in a raf­fle.

The event was opened by Tatlısu muhtar Leyla Çiçek Güven­lier and at­tended by Mr Er­den along with many of his pupils and their par­ents.

Or­gan­iser Irene Han­nan thanked ev­ery­one in­volved “to make this idea pos­si­ble”, adding: “It was a great lo­cal com­mu­nity oc­ca­sion.”

A two-day Tra­di­tional Christ­mas Mar­ket was planned for the mixed Turk­ish and Greek Cypriot vil­lage of Pile, al­though one day was cut short due to heavy rain. How­ever, last Satur­day saw the mar­ket packed with vis­i­tors who en­joyed drinks, food, en­ter­tain­ment and var­i­ous stalls, with Santa be­ing present to re­ceive chil­dren vis­it­ing with their fam­i­lies.

A Christ­mas Mar­ket at Karsel Restau­rant in Boğaz har­bour raised more than 5,000TL in aid of lo­cal cats and dogs last Satur­day, with or­gan­iser Jan Mcghee say­ing: “I would like to thank ev­ery­one who came along and gave gen­er­ously to the stalls. I would also like to thank Santa and all his helpers for dis­tribut­ing gifts to the chil­dren and help­ing to ‘man’ the stalls, along with the venue own­ers and staff who helped to make it a great day.”

St An­drew’s Christ­mas Fayre took place in the church hall and grounds on the same day, with peo­ple flock­ing to buy items such as cakes, bric-àbrac, books, Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tions, home-made pro­duce, mulled wine and mince pies. A raf­fle and tombola were also on of­fer. Some 4,800TL was raised to help pay for main­te­nance of the church grounds.

On Sun­day, de­spite the bad weather, the North Cyprus Can­cer Char­ity Trust (NCCCT) raised more than 14,000TL from a Christ­mas Mar­ket and Fayre at Karaoğlanoğlu’s Kaya Palazzo Ho­tel. More than 450 peo­ple were said to have braved “un­ex­pected and hor­ren­dous” weather to sup­port the char­ity which set up stalls sell­ing var­i­ous items.

Cakes and cof­fee was also served dur­ing a day that saw live per­for­mances by young so­prano Peri Sualp, vi­o­lin­ist Muhar­rem Ce­moğlu and cel­list Kar­tal Tunç. A raf­fle was drawn, with prizes in­clud­ing a Christ­mas tur­key, spa and meal vouch­ers, overnight ho­tel stay and ham­pers.

NCCCT chair­man Wendy An­der­son said “it was wet and windy but the rain did not wash our smiles away” as she thanked ev­ery­one who sup­ported the char­ity on the day and through­out the year.

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