Mr Andreas Papaellinas delivers €500,000 donation to wildfire victims
Mr Andreas Papaellinas, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Alphamega Hypermarkets, has delivered on his commitment to offer immediate relief to the fire victims of the rural areas of Limassol and Larnaca.
Mr Andreas Papaellinas visited the community of Arakapas today, a week after announcing he would donate €500,000 and after consulting with the community leaders of the wildfire-affected areas, as to how the donation would be distributed. Accompanied by the CEO of Alphamega Hypermarkets, Mr George Theodotou, and the company’s management, he delivered cheques amounting to a total of €440,000 directly to the wildfire victims. It should be noted that another €60,000 will be donated to the families of the four persons who lost their lives, while the remaining sum will be earmarked for the acquisition of firefighting vehicles.
The cheques were delivered to permanent residents of the area, whose houses and businesses were destroyed. In statements to the press, Mr Papaellinas thanked the community leaders of the affected areas for their collaboration, stressing that after consulting with them it was deemed fair that the aforementioned financial aid be disposed for supporting the families residing permanently in the area and the people who lost their livelihoods. “This aid is but a small contribution to help these people rebuild their lives. What lays ahead for the fire victims will depend, not only on the kind and size of state and private aid that will be provided to them, but also on its consistency”, he stressed.
Subsequently, the CEO of Alphamega Hypermarkets, Mr George Theodotou, delivered additional vouchers worth €100.000 to the area’s local authorities, on behalf of the company, which will be given to the permanent residents of the nine affected communities, to cover their immediate needs in food and consumables. As Mr Theodotou pointed out, “as a socially sensitive company, we considered it our obligation to stand by our fellow citizens during this difficult time and contribute to their immediate relief”.