CyprusPride - THANK YOU's!

Thanks to the many many volunteers who helped make the first Cyprus Pride a reality. Congratulations should go to loads of people and please don't address them just to myself because that simply does not reflect the weight pulled by so many others. My sincere heartfelt thank you's go out to:

The invisible number 2, Ioanna Constantinou, who for over 7 months has beenhelping plot the big picture, shout were needed and trusting and marching like a trooper on so many occasions when asked. I hope the LGBTI community can understand how you had helped and can acknowledge the magnitude of your actions. 

Harry Mavromichalis for his invaluable help with curating the First Cyprus LGBTI Film Festival we had running through the course of the Pride. Harry thank you also for making us dream big from day 1 back in December and thank you for managing to get the so much needed international support from Olympia Dukakis and Whoopi Goldberg.You were a sturdy log to catch on when needed and I trust you already know this.

Nicko Zavallis, our Event Manager, who made the day run amazing smoothly. Thank you for taking care of all the important minor details and for making the day a reality. The event was your environment and you thrived in the scene! I was impressed!

Elena Giorgallou whom I so sincerely and humbly appreciate not only for the work that she did, but in particular the grace she carried it through. Respect!

Thank you Petros, for helping with events and taking care of jobs assigned so very efficiently!  

Anastasia, the Vice-President of Accept, for doing SO... MUCH... WORK and for being so passionate. Glad to have had someone helping with the manual work.Your OCD shined!

I pitty Eliana for enduring everything, but big respect for the help she has put into this for many months.

Thank you all three together with Christos for the website of the Pride. Great work!

Valentinos, the fresh face of the Board helped greatly in many things while Sotiris kept the lines of Accept open to all!

Finally Ntino mou big thanks for helping so much during last week with all the logistics.

Μάριος, Σωτήρης and Loucas for running around the city with banners, flags and fliers!! 

Thadd thank you for all the work at the Film Festival. You were amazing!

Thanks to our logo designer Christos, the DJ's Ntia, Steve Hauz, Sofronis, Cotsios O Pikatillis !! Also thank you to A Man To Pet for the very entertaining show and Mariella Savvides for the lovely singing during the event. 

BIG THANK YOU TO ALL THE VOLUNTEERS THAT OVER THE COURSE OF THE LAST TWO WEEKS HELPED US MAN OUR TABLES HELPING SELL GOODS, KEEP RECORDS AND ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO RUN FOR HELP YESTERDAY DURING THE EVENT. THANK YOU! YOUR PASSION IS WHAT DROVE US FORWARD!

Thank you also to Kuir Kıbrıs Derneği - Queer Cyprus Association for being with us on the day and for being on our side in promoting the rights of the LGBTI people in Cyprus. 

Thank you to Anna Vissi / Άννα Βίσση who was there with us on the day, helping push out the messages of the Pride to so many more.

A big thank you goes out to Ms Androulla Vassiliou, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism & Youth for her support as soon as that was requested.

Thank you also to the institutions that supported us: Mayor Of Nicosia, Mr. Constantinos Yiorkadjis, the Cyprus Ombudsman, the Cyprus Youth Board, the Cyprus Youth Council, AKEL, DISI, DIKO, EDEK, the Greens, United Democrats, ILGA-Europe, the European Parliament Office in Cyprus, the European Commission in Cyprus. Thank you to the High Commissions of Australia, Canada, UK, the Embassies of Austria, Brazil, Denmark, Finland, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and last, but by no means least, the USA. We also thank the fellow NGO's that were there with us, Cyprus Family Planning Association, Hope For Children UNCRC Policy Center, Association for Historical Dialogue and Research (AHDR), Aequitas Human Rights NGO and so many more! You are great!

My personal thanks also go out to people who are not officially with us in the Board of Accept currently, but with whom at some point shared the dream together and acted side by side. I was glad to see you there with us yesterday and I know you were as excited as we were. Special love to my dear Sylvie Mantis, the President of the Steering Committee that overtook the major task of coordinating our actions to register the organisation. Yoryis Regginos, Despina, Zoe Kakota, Marilena Kyprianou, Avgi Stavrou, Anthie, Evros, Stella - all past members of Accept's Board that helped, each in their own way, lay down the foundations for what we experienced yesterday. 

Last but definitely not least guys, our dear Alecos Modinos for leading the way. It's such an honour to be next to you Alecos at any given time. I am truly humbled by your modesty.

Thank you all. Thank you to the 4000 who came to support us in person and the thousands more that supported us in spirit from afar. 

You all made the 31st of May 2014 truly a historical day! 

Costas Gavrielides
President, Accept - LGBT Cyprus

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