For the first time and in the context of the International Thalassaemia Day, TIF in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Culture of Cyprus have organised the 1st TIF Student Drawing Contest entitled "Economic Recession: Observe – Join Forces – Safeguard Health" for High Schools and Senior High Schools (students from 12-17 years of age).
This drawing competition aimed to spread awareness about thalassaemia and sensitize students about patients' equal rights to a quality healthcare system. The deadline for the drawing contest was on 18 April and TIF has received a total of 92 entries.
The evaluation process took place on the 25th of April where the names of the winners were decided. The first three monetary prizes have been shared to enable as many students as possible to benefit from them. The first prize of 500 euros was shared between Georgia Iakovou Natalia Chrysostomou Chrystalla Ioannoy The second prize of 300 euros was given to Katerina Chrysostomou (Archbishop Makarios III High School) Constantina Shacola The Third Prize of 150 euros was given to Vanessa - Nasso Christou.
TIF has also given 25 non-monetary awards and honorary diplomas to students who excelled in the category Graphic Design, Junior High School, and Senior High School Category The names of the winners have been announced during an Award Ceremony on 6 May 2014 at the Journalist House in Nicosia and all the entries for this contest have been displayed at an art exhibition held on the same day.
In addition TIF plans on creating a special post stamp dedicated to the International Thalassaemia Day of the next year, depicting the winning entry of this contest.