The United Nations Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) has supported Cans For Kids for over a decade, collecting empty cans from OPs, messes and clubs. The UN has also generously supported Cans For Kids with monetary donations raised by a variety of means.

The latest, a cheque for £426, was presented to Cans For Kids' Vice-President, Rosie Charalambous, at a ceremony at the UN swimming pool in Nicosia on April 30th. Making the presentation was Staff Sergeant Lee Crawford, who is on a two-year UN tour.

Having collected sponsorship pledges from all UN units, Crawford set off at 6 pm on April 25th to run the 190km Green Line in the buffer zone. His valiant effort was curtailed 22 hours later by medics who, at 4 pm on April 26th, declared that due to dehydration and exhaustion he should stop running. He had covered 112 kilometres and raised a substantial sum, which will be put towards the next donation of equipment for the paediatric intensive care ward at the Makarios Hospital.


Lee Crawford with the hard-earned cheque

Staff Sergeant Lee Crawford presents the cheque to Rosie Charalambous