History of establishment
The first thoughts of founding the Association were made on the 28th of April 1984, during a small gathering attended, among others, by: Chr. Papapavlou, Takis Kalimeras, S. Florides, Rikkos Mylonas, G. Andreou, Dinos Apostolides. The participants unanimously decided to establish the Lapithos, Karavas and Environs Association.
A dance to become acquainted was held on the 30th of November 1984, during which Nicos Karaviotis (son of Leonidas Karaviotis) with his band entertained all those who attended.
The first charter assembly was held on the 21st of April 1985 at Edison Center and the Association’s first board of directors comprised the following:
Chr. Papapavlou (chairman), Nicos Kallis (vice-chairman), T. Kalimeras (general secretary), A. Yiannakou (general organising secretary), G. Andreou (treasurer), and N. Apostolides, Savvas Demetriou (Churchill), R. Mylonas, S. Papaxenophontos, S. Siakides, Margarita Souratou Hadjiserki, A. Socratous, Panayiota Florides, S. Florides, Giorgos Christodoulou Solomou, and Eleni Aristotelous (members).
Activities of the Association
Among other events, the association has organised a exhibitions of popular art, handcrafts and embroidery, originating from the occupied towns of Karavas and Lapithos.
The association responds positively to many requests to help co-villagers, as well as compatriots who urgently need financial assistance.
The contribution of the association in the national issue and the struggle of Cypriot Hellenism for freedom and justice is always the primary aim.
With the initiative of the association, informative leaflets for the Cyprus problem were printed, with press cuttings from 1974 newspapers and other material.
In the context of the association’s efforts to maintain the memory of our occupied towns and strengthen the ties between overseas Karavas and Lapithos people who live in Great Britain, the association organised every year the “Lemon Dance”. The first dance was held on the 4th of October 1986. This event was very successful. At such events, the participation of overseas Cypriots is very touching, as the lemon has become established in everyone’s heart as the symbol of our homeland with the thought hovering respectfully over the green plain of Karavas and Lapithos.
The association maintains close relations with the fraternal refugee associations of Cyprus, Karavas and Lapithos, as well as the Municipalities of the two towns.