December 10, 2023


By Chris Elliott….

Fridays for us are always manic days with the final preparation of our online weekly Enewspaper and we were so sad we could not be with our friends at Rotary Club of Kyrenia Cosmopolitan at a very important event they were hosting today but like everything else they are doing, they saved our day by sending us the following breaking news.

Today (1st June 2018) is a very special day for us. It all started one year ago when our President Gultac Ozsan decided to help Yesilyurt Special Needs School as our main project for 2017-18 Rotary Year.

The building of the Art Workshop and fitting of the interior furniture and equipment are ready for the opening on the “WORLD CHILDREN’S DAY” – which is of great significance.

President Gultac Ozsan said.: “It was in the Spring of 2017 that we made the decision to put this project into action during a meeting about our Golf Tournament event in the garden with members of the CMC. I heard happy sounds coming from behind the trees and that was the first time that I heard about the wonderful Yeşilyurt Special Education Centre. At first, we as Rotarians were thinking of creating a study room in the form of a gazebo but when we joined with Merit International and met with Chairperson Ms Hanzade Özbaş, she motivated us by suggesting “let’s build a complete workshop for our children” and so along with the help of our generous sponsors, this is where we are today standing in front of a fully equipped, complete workshop which can be used throughout the seasons. “

We would like to give our heartfelt thanks to Former Minister of Education Mrs. Canan Oztoprak, who has also played a large role in the opening of this school in 2007.

We thank Prof. Ayşegül Ataman for her guidance in this area and Esma İneci and her team for all they have done.

Last but not least, we would like convey our thanks to all our sponsors who supported us throughout this journey;

Merit International, Jessics Bar, CMC Golf Club, Albank, Kombos Otomotiv, Oero Trading Ltd, Ceremi Travel, Lefke Municipality, Kolan British Hospital and many others. Large or small all of our sponsors have played an important role in the finalisation of the Art Workshop.

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