Cyprus Mail, 04.08.2016
The first Foundation Film Festival, a unique cultural event in Limassol featuring “La-Dee-Dah Nights”, and organized by the Andrey & Julia Dashin’s Foundation, came to a successful conclusion.
Throughout the festival, the audience had the opportunity to get together and enjoy classic films from the Russian, English and Greek cinema with a live music programme by local artists, all set in a romantic ambiance under the stars and against the magical backdrop of Limassol’s glistening sea.
The aim of the festival was to promote multiculturalism in Cyprus, while at the same time supporting the Anticancer Society’s Evagorion Palliative Day Care Centre in Limassol. The funds raised from sales of summer cocktails, snacks and drinks but also from the donation boxes in the event area, reached a total of €4,000.
The event was organised under the auspices of First Lady Andri Anastasiades, who joined the organisers on the last day of the festival to enjoy the unforgettable Melina Merkouri in “Never on Sunday”. In her address, Mrs Anastasiades congratulated the Andrey & Julia Dashin’s Foundation for their multifaceted offering. “This festival in particular is a practical offering to society, to our culture, to humanity above all, communicating a clear message for the acceptance of cultural diversity. I am sure that there will be many other fundraising events, all in support of those in need and society in general.”
In his speech, Andrey Dashin, one of the founders of the foundation, thanked everyone for their presence and encouraged them to support the Anticancer Society through a kind donation. The President of the Cyprus Anticancer Society, Dr. Adamos Adamou thanked the Andrey & Julia Dashin’s Foundation for their support over the last two years, and for this initiative which also enriches the cultural life of Limassol. Dr. Adamou explained that the Anticancer Society’s aim is to transform the Evagorion Palliative Day Care Centre into a hospice, much like Arodafnousa in Nicosia, so that cancer patients from Limassol and Paphos can be cared for on a 24-hour basis.