Cyprus’s Support of Ukraine

When you find yourself in a foreign land in time of war, it is important to regain a lost sense of security, cope with stress and find new friends. And sports will help here. Therefore, CF Parimatch Foundation has started some initiatives for children to distract them from the surrounding reality.

Cyprus’s Support of Ukraine

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The Fund made every day spent in camps in Cyprus unforgettable for children, and made sure the summer of 2022 was calm, warm and full of love and support.

In the summer of 2022, the Fund sponsored the sports camps for physical and psychological rehabilitation of children affected by the full-scale russian invasion against Ukraine. The Fund took care of all expenses incurred for organizing camps in three countries under the "Help to Ukraine" program.

The Fund invited displaced children from Kharkiv, Donetsk, Luhansk regions and Zaporizhia, children from large families of the Kyiv, Lviv region and Ternopil, as well as children whose parents were wounded in the war or are defending Ukraine on the front line today. Children-athletes from Mykolaiv were invited to the camp as well.

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The Fund made every day spent in camps in Cyprus unforgettable for children, and made sure the summer of 2022 was calm, warm and full of love and support.

The following activities were implemented within the program:

Organization of free sports activities for Ukrainian children

AEL Limassol Football Club, Basketball Organization Peace Players and other sports academies offer free classes for Ukrainian children, who were forced to come to Cyprus because of the war, giving them opportunity of being engaged in various sports, continuing to develop physically and communicating with other children.

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Presenting toys for children from Ukraine

In mid-March, the Parimatch Foundation launched an initiative to collect toys for children arriving in Cyprus due to the war. Parimatch Foundation passed all the toys to CY4UA support network and Hope4Children Foundation, which help to collect a large number of them. The children received presents according to their age, as they should always feel they are still children.

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Arranging sports camps for rehabilitation of Ukrainian children

In the summer of 2022, the CF Parimatch Foundation financed the organization of sports camps for the physical and psychological rehabilitation of children affected by the russian hostilities in Ukraine. Over 100 children visited the sports camp, where physical activities were combined with a carefree holiday on the beach, as well as acquaintance with the culture and traditions of Cyprus. A special game program aimed at physical and psychological relaxation of children was developed by partners of the Parimatch Foundation, the International Foundation "Hope for Children" CRC Policy Center.

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Ukrainian children at the Football match of Aris Limassol FC against APOEL

In September, every little Ukrainian football fan had the opportunity to accompany a player to the pitch before the match started. The football pitch is a great place for new acquaintances that can develop into a good friendship. This is exactly what we wanted to achieve when we invited Ukrainian families to attend the match of Aris Limassol FC against APOEL.

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