May 6, 2015
The evening of 6 May 2015 was landmarked by an exquisitely formal Musical Evening and Gala Dinner which was organized by theThalassaemia International Federation (TIF) for the International Thalassaemia Day honoured every year on 8 May. The event, entitled “Precious Rubies”, took place at the Presidential Palace in Nicosia, under the auspices and in the presence of His Excellency President of the Republic of Cyprus, Mr. Nikos Anastasiadis, and the Honourable First Lady, Ms. Andri Anastasiadou.
Present at the formal thalassaemia Musical Evening and gala Dinner, were the Royal Couple of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan Bin Khalifa Al Nahyan – Advisor to the Resident of UAE , President of Sultan Bin Khalifa Al Nahyan Humanitarian and Scientific Foundation and Her Highness Sheikha Sheikha Bint Seif Al Nahyan – Vice President of the Foundation, Chairperson of Emirates Thalassemia Society and Board Member of TIF.
Ministers, Ambassadors, Diplomatic personalities, representatives of Official international, regional and national Bodies, health and non-health related, international health experts, and a large number of state officials, patient organizations and scientific medical professionals both in Cyprus and abroad attended this event.
The formal thalassaemia Musical Evening and gala Dinner started with the opening speeches of Mr. Panos Englezos, President of TIF and of His Excellency Mr. Nikos Anastasiadis, President of the Republic of Cyprus. During the President’s speech, the Dr Lee-Jong Wook Memorial Prize for Public Health prize which was granted by the World Health Organisation to TIF, was officially announced. This award, which is the highest prize in the field of public health, is granted internationally by the W.H.O. to NGO’s with outstanding contribution in this field.
The musical programme was marked by a musical journeythrough the notes of the Cyprus Young Strings Soloists under the Artistic Direction of Prof Matheos Kariolou, Artistic Director of the Musical Talent Development Program, Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture, and the piano accompaniment of Jana Drhov. It then continued with a colourful voyage into the sounds of well known songs from France, Greece, Italy, Brazil, Spain, Portugal and much more. Finding Edith Piaf, Nat King Cole, Manos Hadjidakis, Yves Montand, Rita Hayworth, Frank Sinatra and many more great performers of our times. The voice of the Paris-based singer and songwriter Vakia Stavrou combined with the piano of Argyro Christodoulides, blended brio with sweet nostalgia”
We would like to express a special thank you to Dr Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus, whom TIF has appointed Ambassador for Thalassaemia, and Mr George Theophanous, our Musical Ambassador for their support and contribution to advocating the rights of thalassaemia patients .