Following the tragic and untimely death in December of Cans For Kids’ President of 20 years, Olga Demetriades, the local charity has announced that Evie Lanitis has taken over as President.
“It is difficult to try to fill the void left by Mrs Demetriades’ sad demise, but I am honoured to take over and pledge to do my utmost to continue her work with this excellent and inspiring charity” says Lanitis commented in an announcement from Cans For Kids.
Evie Lanitis was born in Limassol in 1950. She attended Greek primary school before continuing her secondary education in England. She graduated from Duke University in the USA with a degree in Sociology, returning to Cyprus in 1973. She joined Lanitis Bros Limited and served on the Board as Commercial Director, a post she held until her retirement in 2006.
She served on the board of the Junior School for 3 years and is a keen environmentalist, gardener, photographer and an accredited Qi Gung Instructor.
Cans For Kids is a registered charity, formed in 1990 to organise the collection and recycling of aluminium cans in Cyprus.
To encourage people to save their cans, it was decided to use the proceeds to purchase medical equipment for the children’s wards at Cypriot hospitals.
Since its inception, more than 25 million cans have been collected, and over €260,000 euros worth of equipment has been donated to the Makarios Hospital in Nicosia, which is the central paediatric hospital in Cyprus, treating seriously ill children from all over the island.
“By saving your cans for Cans For Kids, not only do you help the environment, but you know that your efforts are giving something back to the community,” the charity’s website says.