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Christmas festivity of the Day Care Centers for Children and Infants of Ano Liosia

About 500 children and their parents along with their official guest the President of the Foundation for the Child and the Family, Mrs. Marianna V. Vardinoyannis, took part in Christmas festivities with the theme "Kids celebrate for kids" held at the Zofria Indoor Gym in Ano Liosiα, on Friday 16 December 2011.

The purpose for the event organized as a result of an initiative by the President of the Day Care Centers for Children and Infants of Ano Liosia of the Municipality of Fylis, Mr. Constantinos Papaioannou, was to raise money to support the goals of the Foundation for the Child and the Family.

This caring gesture, as Mr. Papaioannou noted in his speech, represents the least tribute to Mrs. Vardinoyannis who has stood by the inhabitants of the Municipality of Fylis at the time of their greatest hardship, during the earthquakes of 1999 which struck this area of Attica more than any other.   At that time Mrs. Vardinogiannis, said Mr. Papaioannou, undertook the initiative for the construction of a beautiful day care center in Aghios Nikolaos which was put into immediate operation and played host to all the little children of the district as well as others.   Since then and in many and varied ways Mrs. Vardinogiannis continues to be at our side.

When it was her turn to speak, deeply moved, Mrs. Vardinoyannis noted:   "Thank you for the joy you are giving me tonight by organizing this celebration in order to send a message of your love and solidarity to the children of the whole world. During these difficult days for our country, love for our fellow human beings as well as volunteerism are the most precious gifts we have to offer each other and when these are expressed through the actions of children, they have even greater significance because they give us hope that tomorrow's world will be better than today's. You deserve congratulations for this initiative of yours.  Congratulations are also due to the President of the Day Care Centers for Children and Infants of Ano Liosia of the Municipality of Fylis, Mr. Constantinos Papaioannou, who organized this event with his whole heart and soul as well as to all the youngsters and adults who contributed to its success.   I wish all of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, full of health and prosperity."

The protagonists of this event were the children who attend the day care centers for children and infants of Anio Liosia, Municipality of Fylis.   The children of the Aghios Nikolaos Day Care Centre performed a play entitled " A New Year is coming" while the children from the rest of the day care centers of the area sang Christmas carols and all the children made ornaments and other artifacts for the Christmas Bazaar organized within the framework of this event.   It is worth noting that all the children's creations were very beautiful and sold like hot cakes.

Other dignitaries who addressed the gathering were His Eminence Metropolitan Athenagoras of Ilion, Acharnais and Petroupolis, Deputy Prefect of Western Attica Mrs. Stavroula Dimou, The Mayor of Fylis Mr. Dimitris Bouraimis, the Director of the Ano Liosia Day Care Centers Mrs. Gianna Stathopoulou, the insurance broker Mr. Christos Cosmas and the actress Zeta Makrypoulia who also officially opened the bazaar.