Cans For Kids yesterday demonstrated the tangible results of recycling at the press launch of Nicosia’s biggest ever photographic exhibition, ‘The Earth from Above’, which will run in the pedestrian areas of Ledra and Onassagorou streets and Eleftheria Square until November.
Renowned French photographer Yann Arthus Bertrand flew in for the opening, fresh from recording the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina on the US Gulf coast.
A passionate proponent of sustainable development – his extraordinary photographs often catalogue the damage done to the Earth by mankind – Bertrand gladly handed over, on behalf of Cans For Kids, seven syringe pumps, with control station and stand, worth some £5,000, to the Director General of the Health Ministry, Soteris Soteriou. The equipment is destined for the Cans For Kids ward in the paediatric intensive care unit at the Makarios Hospital in Nicosia.
“This is not the first time Cans For Kids has donated equipment to the hospital”, said Soteriou as he received the equipment, adding “and we hope it will not be the last”.
“So far they have given us equipment worth more than £125,000, and this shows clearly what can be achieved simply by recycling aluminium cans”.
A Cans For Kids spokesman said “this amazing exhibition imparts a strong message about sustainable development and human responsibility for the future wellbeing of the planet. Our slogan for the duration of the exhibition is ‘Love it from above, heal it from below’.
“We’re asking everyone to bring their empty cans to the can banks placed around the exhibition, as their small, but significant, contribution to caring for our Earth”.
He added “don’t just recycle when you visit the exhibition, there’s a Cans For Kids can bank in the car park of every major hospital in Cyprus, and in many other places, so wherever you live you can do your bit for the planet”.

Health Ministry Director General Soteris Soteriou (left) receives the Cans For Kids donation from French photographer Yann Arthus Bertrand (right) and exhibition organiser Sylvie Hartmann

Yann Arthus Bertrand shares a joke with Nicosia Mayor Michalakis Zambellas in Ledra Street, downtown Nicosia

Yann Arthus Bertrand