The first contest of “My First Book” concluded in Cyprus with the prize giving ceremony in the Kasteliotissa medieval hall in Nicosia.About one hundred parents, friends and guests attended the programme presided over by volunteers of Ananda Marga Cyprus unit. Madhu and Agradut were the main organizers assisted by Gagan, Lokesh, Aniish and others. Everyone was pleased to receive 43 wonderful books from all over Cyprus in either the Greek or English language.
Besides several special acknowledgements the main winners were:1. Nefeli Lambrou in the 7-9 year group for her story about a mysterious ecological story with an underground “Super Recycling Factory.”
2. Pantelia Papantoniou, in the 10-11 age group who wrote about the power of friendship
3. Constantinos Savva, who wrote a story about how to say no to drugs.VIPs from the Green Party, the Ministry of Environment and from the Drug rehabilitation centre handed over the prizes and gave their comments of encouragement. Katharine from the Antidote Children’s Theatre read out one moving story.
Ms. Voula Kokkinou and her publishing office EN TYPOIS gracefully accepted the challenge of publishing 2000 copies of each book which will be distributed in Cyprus and Greece.