North Cyprus – Remember, remember the 5th of November at Ziyamet Special Needs School

Remember, remember the 5th of November

at Ziyamet Special Needs School

By Claire Lamb….

A group of children from the Ziyamet Special Needs School and their parents will certainly remember bonfire night 2016!

As a special treat for these children they were brought to Windy Hill bar, Esentepe to enjoy food, presents of some of the donated toys, a bonfire and sparklers! The children and parents were greeted by the sight of illuminated balloons and party hats set out at each chair. Once settled with a drink the meals were dished up and given to each person present. The burger, chips and mushy peas may have been a different treat to what these children usually eat but the food was certainly enjoyed by one and all!

Party Time

Party Time

Once the tables had been cleared the goody bags were distributed to the children. Each bag contained a cuddly toy, a musical instrument and other toys. We were able to give these children their surprise presents thanks to the amazing response to the toy appeal earlier in the year.


As only some of the children from the school came along, a reserve of toys and games were set aside for when the school re-opens. The treats didn’t end there. One very kind person had donated bags of chocolate bars for the children, so despite having full tummies, they all made room for a sweet treat! Once the bags of toys had been inspected, played with and after an impromptu “trumpet” solo by one musical young man, the children were led out to the site of the bonfire.



5-children3Goodness knows what they made of the guy on top, especially when a rousing cheer went up when he caught fire, but they were soon joining in!

6-bonfireAs the evening was cooling quite rapidly, the heat from the bonfire was very welcome as the children enjoyed sparklers for the first time. Some were quite reticent about joining in but once our volunteers showed them how to make patterns in the air they all wanted to take part.

The sheer joy on their faces was a sight to behold.

7-ziyametAs the bonfire settled to a warming glow and the sky began to darken the children and parents made their way back to the coach for the long journey home. Once in their seats, clutching balloons, teddies and toys the children sat back with contented smiles on their faces.

Despite all the excitement and new experiences the children were a real credit to their parents and their teachers as they all behaved impeccably.

Once again we are Making A Difference to the lives of these children.

However, we couldn’t have done any of it without the help of Paul and Marilyn Lee who organised the event, Ali and Lisa Abanoz who own Windy Hill and Annette and Alison from The Abnormals who cooked up a storm!


Various organisers and the bags of goodies

Thank you to each and every one of you for helping us make 5th November a night to remember…for all the right reasons…1380tl of them in fact!

This is the terrific amount of money raised to help Make A Difference to the school and lives of these special children at Ziyamet

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