This past Saturday PeacePlayers – Cyprus took part in the “NGO Fair 2012” hosted in the Old City of Nicosia. 27 NGOs from all over the island participated in the 2nd annual fair, engaging local citizens and informing them of the work of Cypriot Civil Society. Each organization had the opportunity to represent their NGO at the fair with an informational booth and to interact with those in attendance.
PeacePlayers set-up an informational table but the majority of our interaction with attendees came through basketball. We set-up a hoop on Ledra Street, where the fair was held. Ledra is an open pedestrian street that links the old city of the north and the south it is filled with restaurants and shops, making it a very popular place to spend a weekend afternoon. Kids walking by with their families stopped to take a few shots giving us an opportunity to share with them the work of PeacePlayers in the local community.
The event energized the downtown city street with music, dance, clowns, face painting and of course a little basketball. Local radio and television stations covered the event giving good publicity to PPI – CY as well as the other NGOs.
The fair not only provided great opportunities for PPI – CY to share the our work with the general public, but it also provided a great platform for us to network with other local NGOs and build connections and unity among fellow Cypriot organizations. We look forward to participating again next year in the “NGO Fair 2013.”