Record number in applications for Stelios Bi-Communal Awards

The number of applications received for the 2017 Stelios Bi-Communal Awards in Cyprus has hit an all time high, a press release issued on Wednesday says.

According to the press release, 424 teams – made up of 848 people from the island, who have applied with a partner from the other community (either Greek-Cypriot or Turkish-Cypriot ) – could win one of 75 prizes of 10,000 euro in cash from the Stelios Philanthropic Foundation (www.Stelios.org). This is the 9th consecutive year that the Awards are taking place in Cyprus.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony in Nicosia on Friday the 20th of October, 2017. All 848 applicants will be invited to participate at a special conference and discussion to explore solutions to the Cyprus problem. Invitations will be sent to all political party leaders from both communities. The winners will also attend a dinner to take place at a hotel in occupied Nicosia.

Applicant numbers for 2017 is about double the number in 2016 and about 20 times the number that the Awards used to attract 4-5 years ago.

About 30% of the applicants who applied this year have applied in previous years and about 15% have actually won in the past.

70% of this year’s applicants are applying for the first time.

According to the press release, Sir Stelios said that it is clear to him that the attitude of all Cypriots on the island towards the other community is changing in a positive and favourable direction.

Source: Cyprus News Agency