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110 years of Platanos of Kato Drys: 1906 – 2016

For Kato Drys and other interested people

As we have already announced, this year we plan to celebrate the birthday of the famous Platanos (Plane tree) planted in 1906 by George Sergi Kafetzii and at the same time to promote Kato Drys through a documentary DVD that will be released after the final event οf poetry, music and traditional dances. 

In consultation with the Head of the Community Council of Kato Drys and the Forestry Department, we will organise the planting of 110 plane and oak trees on a date to be announced soon.   

On 6 August the poetry, music and dance evening will be held at Platanos restaurant. Dr Konstantinos Υiagoulis, author of the book “The technique of poetic distich and the folk-poet Sergis G. Kareklas” will speak about the poet and Dr Costas Charalambides, professor and researcher, will recite poems by Sergis Kareklas and will also talk about the life and origin of St. Neofytos.  Sergis Kareklas was the son of George Sergi Kafetzii. 

The trees will be sold at €50 each and will be ‘adopted’ by individuals and families who will receive a special certificate.  Their name will also appear οn a sign at the basin of the tree.  The revenue from the sale of trees will be given entirely to Telethon, organized every year by the Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics for patients with neuromuscular diseases.  Payment will be made to Telethon through the following bank accounts with the indication ‘tree’:

Εθνική Τράπεζα της Ελλάδος (Κύπρου)    -           522 -587721 – 9
Ελληνική Τράπεζα                                        -           139 – 11 – 037765 – 00
Συνεργατική Κεντρική Τράπεζα                 -           4001851 – 8
Τράπεζα Κύπρου                                          -           357006606488
Τράπεζα Πειραιώς                                        -           000000012289
AlphaBank                                                   -           202 – 281 – 009622 – 6
Eurobank                                                       -           001-2001-00205210
USB Bank                                                      -           142 – 8 – 0000645 – 60019

The DVD to be created will include photos of the village (offered by Nicos Karanikis), video-interviews of personalities of Kato Drys, introduction and reading of poems by Dr. Costas Charalambides, aerial shots of Kato Drys, the planting process and the final poetry, music and dance evening.

The estimated cost of the project is approximately €4.500 and this will cover the construction of the bores for the planting of the trees, the signs with the buyers’ name, the design for the certificate for each individual, the tree planting event, the final evening, the video-interviews and the production of the DVD.

The Organising Committe makes a plea to Kato Drys people and all other interested persons to offer sponsorships which can be deposited in the following bank account with the Bank of Cyprus.


Written:                     CY57 0020 0195 0000 3570 2153 0005 

Electronically:             CY5700200195 0000 357021530005.  

The names of all sponsors will appear on the DVD.   

After covering all necessary expenses the balance will be given to Telethon.  Also the proceeds from the sale of the DVD.  The final audited financial statement will be forwarded to sponsors and will be available for all interested people. 

Τhe following Οrganisational Committee has undertaken the completion of the project: 

Νicos Karanikis, in charge of project. Tel. 99 689095. [email protected]

Nicos Vasiliou, Head of Community Council, Tel. 99 676685.  [email protected]

Maria McCollum, Τel. 99 652023.  [email protected]

Μaria Neocleous, Τel. 99 376729.  [email protected] 

The true meaning of life is to plant trees,
under whose shade you do not expect to sit!


7714, Kato Drys
Tel.: 24342833
Fax: 24342833, 24342199
Email: symvoulio.katodrys
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