08 May 2014 16:41

Lions International Club and Volunteer Doctors Cyprus are organising a charity event on Saturday to raise money to support the operation of free medical clinics around the island.
Members of the Lions Club, municipal councils, volunteer doctors, the Cyprus Motorcycle Federation, the Periklis Demetriou club and other officials and supporters will march in all towns at 10am to collect money from the public to finance the free clinics and the services offered by volunteer doctors.
The march in Nicosia will start from Eleftherias Square and will be led by Health Minister Philippos Patsalis on behalf of President Anastasiades. In Limassol the event will kick-off from Limassol municipality, in Paphos from the town hall and in Larnaca at the old hospital.
All events will start at 10am and volunteer doctors will be offering free sugar and blood tests to visitors. Meanwhile, stickers will be sold for the price of €2 to support the cause.
Organisers said yesterday that the marches aim to raise awareness among the public and to inform them of the sterling work carried out by the free clinics and the Volunteer Doctors Cyprus.
"The free clinics offer free medical care to the unemployed, low-paid, pensioners and all children. These clinics are manned by volunteer doctors and nurses who work pro bono with passion and responsibility every weekend."
The events also look to inform the public about the International Lions Club which has more than 46,000 clubs and almost 1.4 billion members in 208 countries around the globe.
In Cyprus, there are approximately 1,000 members in 27 clubs who are involved in various Lions programmes including programmes to fight blindness, protect the environment, support the needy and the youth, as well as offer emergency aid in case of natural disasters such as earthquakes.
In recent years efforts have been made in some parts of Africa to eliminate measles with the programme, "One vaccine, one life", whereby 15 million children are vaccinated each year by the Lions.
Saturday's event is dedicated to the memory of former Defence Minister Tasos Mitsopoulos.


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