An increasing number of applications have been made to the Stelios Foundation for bi-communal business awards.
According to the Stelios Philanthropic Foundation, applications have quadrupled this year. By 15th September deadline, there were 116 bi-communal entries, far more than ever before.
“The new record number is due to the operation of the first bi-communal café located on the corner of Palias Ilektrikis & Eptanisou 57, the excellent promotion and publicity received but also to the positive political climate that has developed on the island over the last months,” the foundation said in statement.
The cafe, which operates once a week on a Tuesday evening, aims at providing a joint space where Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots can get together and talk business.
“The remarkable record number of participants confirms that the bi-communal café managed to play a key role in bringing Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots closer, strengthening the element of trust and cooperation between them,” the foundation said.
Since 2009 Stelios has given away 1.2 million euros to 40 bi-communal teams. This year, the prize money is more than ever, 300,000 euros for 30 bi-communal teams – 10,000 euros each.
The prize money for the winners will be handed out by Stelios Haji-Ioannou on 30th October at the foundation’s premises in Nicosia.