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At the Guinness World Record for a human chain in Nicosia


With 4,073 people from all over Cyprus, the massive human chain turned into a powerful driving force and broke the Guinness World Record, achieving international recognition yesterday, June 25, at the GSP Stadium in Nicosia.

Nicosia triumphantly surpassed the record previously held by Kyoto, Japan, a city of 1.5 million in a country of 125 million, proving that a small country can achieve challenging goals through cooperation.

Since last night, Cyprus has been celebrating to the rhythms of GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS, making history in cooperation, solidarity, and volunteerism. A particularly difficult record, the “Largest Alternating Human Chain Holding Wrists” for one minute, became a reality, making the initiative by the Yianis Christodoulou Foundation and Konstantinos Argyros a complete success.

The human chain was inspired by Konstantinos Argyros himself, who spoke of his love for Cyprus, saying, “Cyprus holds a special place in my heart, I am always by your side!” He reminded everyone that there is still “Hope” for a better world filled with love and mutual support.

Notable personalities participated in the chain, such as Elpida Iakovidou, Bishop Nikiforos of Kykkos, Koullis Nikolaou, officials from the Ministry of Education and Educational Organizations, and well-known entrepreneurs.

Remarkable was the attendance of people with Special Abilities, who defied difficulties and participated vigorously.

Mr. John Christodoulou, visibly moved, said:

“Today we show that it is not the size of the country that matters, but the size of the mind, cooperation, and vision. Today, 4,098 people and many volunteers came here, despite the heat. Thank you all.

Today we once again put Cyprus on the international map of successes.

We broke the record with a purpose. We held our wrists looking back and forward. Just as we must not forget the past, we must always look to the future, together.

Unity, peace, cooperation, and strength.

In 25 days, it will be 50 years since the Turkish invasion of Cyprus. We must find the strength and unity for a solution if we do not want this situation to continue for another 50 years. My vision is a free Cyprus. Everything is possible. Our children and grandchildren must have a safe future.”

The event was hosted by the popular Andri Karantoni, while the “Official Witness” according to Guinness guidelines was the well-known Elly Symons from Australia, with roots in Cyprus.

The successful realization of the chain was inspected by Guinness representatives who traveled to Cyprus specifically for this purpose, along with 200 supervisors and volunteers.

A spectacular concert followed for all participants, with the beloved Konstantinos Argyros, which enthralled both young and old, especially when the artist, wearing the Cyprus flag, sang the Cypriot song “Eleftheros” with thousands of handkerchiefs waving in the audience.

The Yianis Christodoulou Foundation, founded by Cypriot entrepreneur John Christodoulou, has been recognized in many countries for its philanthropic work in education, the well-being of vulnerable groups, and promoting Cyprus abroad. Achieving the GUINNESS WORLD RECORD is another significant step in the Foundation’s mission to have a positive impact on society and positively project Cyprus internationally.

The event was supported, among others, by the European University of Nicosia, Agios Nikolaos Water, Eurobank Cyprus, the Nicosia Tourism Board, and the Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Source: alphanews.live

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