The internationally renowned Austrian Energy Globe Foundation chose Cans For Kids as the winner of the Foundation’s national award for Cyprus.
Cans For Kids won a similar award two years ago for recycling, and this year has been recognised for encouraging volunteerism, in the Energy Globe’s Youth category.
“We are honoured to again be chosen for the Energy Globe award, and proud to have put Cyprus on the global environmental map” said Cans For Kids President, Olga Demetriades, at a reception hosted by the Austrian Ambassador, H.E. Kurt Mueller. She pointed out that Cans For Kids was very grateful to its volunteers and its sponsors, especially Petrolina and Unicars, who had continued to support the charity despite the economic crisis.
Mr Mueller congratulated Cans For Kids for its work and its contribution to both the environment, through recycling, and the improvement of medical facilities on offer to the sick children of Cyprus through its donations of medical equipment totalling “several hundred thousand Euros”.
Cans for Kids Vice-President Rosie Charalambous said volunteering could offer many solutions in these straitened economic times. “The only thing you don’t get from volunteering is money. What you do get is self-respect and satisfaction, the chance to meet new people and feel that you are contributing – and it’s a valuable addition to your CV when you apply for jobs” she said, adding that she hoped people who were out of work would contact Cans For Kids.

Cans For Kids President Olga Demetriades (centre) receives the Energy Globe national award for Cyprus from Austrian Ambassador Kurt Mueller