In a statement regarding Ayia Napa Marina’s sponsorship and continuous support to the Autism Support Famagusta, Stavros Caramondanis, CEO, Ayia Napa Marina, said, “At Ayia Napa Marina, raising awareness about critical issues, participating in social events, and giving back to the community, are all part of our company’s initiatives, values, and strategy. We believe that it’s our responsibility and duty to support in every possible way the citizens in need as well as to promote those practices that ensure prosperity in our society.”
In light of the International Autism Day, celebrated every year on April 02, the Autism Support Famagusta and the Smile Project organied the first Run for Autism Marathon aiming to raise public awareness about autism and the needs of families whose members belong to the autism spectrum. The starting and finishing point of the Marathon were at Nissi Bay Bar, with 10 km and 5 km races. The Marathon also included a special 1 km route especially for children aged 8–13 years, in memory of Iacovos Triaros.
Ayia Napa Marina, with its active support to various non-profit charitable organizations and the wider society, has been reinforcing the work of the association since 2017 by actively contributing to the completion of the first phase of the construction of the SMILE Autism Center in Ayia Napa.
The Marathon is held under the auspices of the Minister of Transport, Communications and Works, Yiannis Karousos, the Municipality of Ayia Napa and the Municipality of Sotira.