Monday, November 9, 2015

Universal Children's Day - from our Kids Club Team



In recognition of the great importance for promoting and safeguarding the rights of a child, ‘Universal Children’s Day’ is celebrated annually and this year is on Friday 20th November. Theoretically, celebrating Universal Children's Day is about recognising children as active participants in their own lives and communities, or as active citizens who can and should meaningfully contribute to their own decision-making. 

A child is classed as any person below the age of 18 years old. The main characteristic of a child is their youth and vulnerability. As a child grows towards future adulthood, they have no means to protect themselves and because of this children need to be the objects of particular interest and protection. All humans are entitled to be able to enjoy basic human rights, which are the standards required so that people can live with dignity and in safety. By ratifying the United Nations Convention on the rights of a child, society ensures that all children are treated with dignity and respect, including the opportunity for them to have a voice, be protected from harm and be provided with all basic needs in order to reach their full potential.

It is a fact that children's rights are human rights; protecting the child as a human being. Children across world have the right to live life with no discrimination and to develop physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Children also have civil and political rights; such as the right to an identity and nationality, additionally economic, social and cultural rights, including the significant right to health and education. Undoubtedly, it is very important for all adults and governments to recognise the right of every child, so they have access to the world, to learn through play and to feel a valued and empowered member of their community.

However, a multitude of children around the world are still exploited, abused and discriminated against. Tragically, every year millions of children's lives are cut short by entirely preventable causes. For instance, treatable illnesses, malnutrition, poor hygiene or lack of safe water and sanitation are usually the reasons for many of these deaths. There are children around us affected by armed conflict, in conflict with the law or in the care of the state. Additionally, there are children living on the streets, coping with disabilities, experiencing sexual exploitation, or suffering from discrimination because of their religious or ethnic minority status. 


In conclusion, every child has the right to grow and thrive, no matter of circumstances or socioeconomic backgrounds.

As adults, let us make a promise to children. We must do everything in our power to protect and promote their rights to survive, learn and to make their voices heard. After all, as a teacher I strongly believe that when we educate our children we empower our communities. The development and education of a child is not only a universal right, it is a powerful tool to break the cycles of poverty, disease and social inequity. The best gift we can give to the world is to ensure a safe, healthy, educated and able future generation.


Ritsa Michael - Kids Club Supervisor
November 2015 

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Friday, October 30, 2015

Aphrodite Hills Golf - Glenfiddich Team Cup 2015


Aphrodite Hills Golf Club was proud to host the Glenfiddich Team Cup 2015! This year we had the support from our sponsor Glenfiddich (William Grant and Sons) together with the distributor of their product in Cyprus, The Vassos Eliades Company. Great to see our Sponsor back with their leading brand of Whisky! Their combined effort has made the four day event possibly the most prestigious golf tournament in Cyprus, proven to be another hugely successful event with enormous praise from this year’s players and by many from the previous years.
This year we have had a record 23 Teams (92 players) participating in the event; the four days of competitive golf was at Aphrodite Hills Golf between 1st and 4th October. Players flew all the way from Spain, Sweden, Germany, UK, USA for this fabulous event! The Event started with a welcome cocktail on Wednesday 30th September with 150 players and guests. The Director of Golf, Andrew Darker welcomed all teams and wished them the best of luck during the week. Some tastings of the finest Glenfiddich Whisky was provided to all players during the welcome party and offered throughout the week; all provided by William Grant & Sons.
  


The tournament had a different format for each day, starting on Thursday 1st October with an AM/AM format where the best two scores from each hole counted towards the team score. Leaders after day one was team Akrotiri ATC with a fantastic score of 99 points. This was their first time Akrotiri ATC they were competing in the team cup and to be in front after day one was certainly a great achievement. On Day two the format of the competition was BetterBall, where both scores were counted towards the team score. After their leading score on Day one the Akrotiri ATC were leading again with 83 points followed by the team Sultans of Swing with the total score of 77 points making it a challenge for the rest of the teams to catch up. On Day three, the format of the competition was Greensomes, where both scores were counted towards the team score. The team AngloScots took the upper hand and finished with 78 points, followed once again by the team Sultans of Swing with 74 points.
The last day of the tournament was an Individual Stableford, where all four individual 18 hole scores were counted towards the team score. Team Malt Easers turned things around with a fantastic score of 132 being the leaders for the day, but that wasn’t enough to reach the overall score. The overall Winners of the Glenfiddich Team Cup 2015 was the team Akrotiri ATC (Adam Rothwell, Mark Fletcher, Will Mitchel, Graeme Donelly) with a total score of 380 points. The runners up were the Team Episkopi Uisge Beatha (Graham Highet, John Gillie, Dave Grant, Paul Barry) with 357 points.

A fantastic tournament and a great week of golf. The Aphrodite Hills Golf Course was in terrific condition during the 4 days thanks to the ongoing hard work of Green Keepers. The weather of course was good as we could imagine. There was some excellent golf played during all four days with teams battling out on the course to see who will be the year winner. The tournament was organized by Chryso Iasonos (Golf Memberships & Marketing Executive) and Andrew Darker (Director of Golf) with the assistance of the entire golf team.

The Ladies on the other hand, had two days of Competition which took place on the 1st and 3rd of October. The format of their competition was an Individual Stableford. With a total of 20 ladies playing, the overall winner was Natalia Buzdalina with her amazing aggregate score of 76 points, followed by Irene Wake with a score of 72 Points. Thanks to Flightline Support Ltd for supporting the Ladies and enhancing the event this year.

The closing of this inaugural event couldn’t close better than the Annual Glenfiddich Gala Dinner which took place at Morpheus Ballroom at the Aphrodite Hills Resort Hotel. The Hotel hosted over 150 Members & Guests who all enjoyed the excellent food selection from our F&B Department.

The Glenfiddich Team Cup 2015 was a huge success with most of the teams already signing for 2016 Glenfiddich Team Cup to be held on 29th September – 2nd October 2016.

The Management of Golf would like to thank and congratulate all Members and Visitors and for all those who came from abroad to take part in the Glenfiddich Team Cup. Our sincere thank you also goes to our Sponsors William Grant & Sons and the Vassos Eliades Company. Their contribution played a major role in making the Glenfiddich Team Cup a massive success!


We all look forward to the 2016 Glenfiddch Team Cup. If you would like to register your team for next year please contact Chryso Iasonos or Andrew Darker at the Golf Club.  

GLENFIDDICH TEAM CUP RESULTS
DAY 1
DAY 2
DAY 3
 DAY 4
TOTAL
1
Akrotiri ATC
99
83
71
127
380
2
Episkopi Uisge Beatha
86
77
70
124
357
3
Weapons of Grass Destruction
87
77
69
122
355
4
AngloScots
81
72
78
123
354
5
Russkie Medvedi
85
79
62
127
353

Aphrodite Hills Golf - Captain's Day Tournament


Cancer Patient’s Support Group was the theme as Sir David O’ Dowd and Linda O’Neill, Captains at Aphrodite Hills Golf Club, ran their Annual Charity Captains Day on Wednesday 7th of October in aid of PASYKAF Homecare Nurses and Support Services for Cancer Patients in Paphos.
The Captains Day 2015 commenced with perfect blue skies and a golf course in fabulous condition, a full field of 80 golfers set out to compete with each other on the golf course. The competition started with tee times from 10:10 until 12:50. Men played from the white tees and the ladies played from the Blue tees, the format was Individual Stableford.
The Event was organized by the Club’s Captains Sir David and Linda with the assistance of AH Staff, Chryso Iasonos (Golf Membership & Marketing Executive) and Andrew Darker (Director of Golf). Great work was done by both parties in creating a fun and competitive atmosphere throughout the day.
Apart from the Individual Stableford competition there were also many individual prizes, including both straightest and longest drives, nearest the pins and a putting competition. There was also the opportunity to ‘Beat the Pro’, with the Golf Professional Danny Heard on Hole 17 who managed to collect €390 for the Charity Donation. Both Captains sponsored the prize holes making a fun challenge for the members and guests.



In the evening a pre-cocktail reception was held outside the Morpheus Ballroom at the Aphrodite Hills Resort Hotel followed by the Gala Dinner. The Hotel hosted more than 140 members and their guests who all enjoyed the excellent food selection by our F & B Department. By tradition, the Gala Dinner opened with the piping in of the two Captains our ScottishMember James Baxter, playing traditional music on the pipes into the Ballroom. After the dinner the Director of Golf, Andrew Darker started the Prize Giving Ceremony together with the two Captains presenting and handing the prizes to the winners. Some excellent scores were returned and the winners were:

SPECIAL EVENT PRIZES
WINNER’S NAME


Putting Competition
Men: Mike Shiroi, Ladies: Chris Smith
Nearest the Pin Hole 5 - Ladies
Margaret Walker
Nearest the Pin Hole 5 - Men
David Morris
Nearest the Pin Hole 7 - Ladies
Irene Wake
Nearest the Pin Hole 7 - Men
Marshall Jablon
Nearest the Pin Hole 12 - Ladies
Helen Wilhelmsen
Nearest the Pin Hole 12 - Men
Ray Smith
Nearest the Pin Hole 15 - Ladies
Natalia Buzdalina
Nearest the Pin Hole 15 - Men
Tommy Mee
Nearest the Pin Hole 17 - Ladies
Mikky Campbell
Nearest the Pin Hole 17 - Men
Neil Whalley
Nearest the Pin in 2 Shots Hole 14 -Ladies
Irene Wake
Nearest the Pin in 2 Shots Hole 14 - Men
Steve Jowett
Ladies Longest Drive Hole 6
Chris Smith
Men Longest Drive Hole 3
Sergey Smirnov
MIXED Straightest Drive Hole 2
Freda Lewis


LADIES WINNERS
NAME


Lady Guest Winner
Helen Wilhelmsen
3rd Place Lady Winner
Lilian Van der Werff
Ladies Runner Up
Tatiana Chernycheva
Lady Winner
Natalia Buzdalina
MEN WINNERS
NAME


Mens Guest Winner
John Roberts
3rd Place Mens Winner
Marshall Jablon
Mens Runner Up
Yiannis Demetriou
Mens Winner
Steve Clarke

For information on our Golf Tournaments & Events visit: Aphrodite Hill Golf Events 

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Golf News - Local & International




On a seasonally hot 1st August, the Off-Peak events resumed with a good field of players who were playing against each tee time as well as the heat! The field included four new Off-Peak Members and four original ‘Off-Peakers’, so a good eclectic spread throughout the field.

During the hot conditions, some great golf was played and there were many prizes to win. The newcomers showed the way with Mark Fletcher scoring extremely well with 42 points and getting his handicap immediately adjusted, whilst Adam Rothwell played his best round thus far with 39 points. Seasoned veteran Mick Field also had his handicap adjusted with 38 points. These players were rewarded with prizes to help celebrate their achievement.

The September Off-Peak event is on Saturday 26th September in a match against Akrotiri. This eventhas been sponsored by The Fletchers! For that, we thank them sincerely.

The Off-Peakers will be represented heavily, in this year’s Glenfiddich Tournament 1st - 4th October, which has now sold out. This event is a fantastic four days of golf and fun combined, which has been enjoyed by many over the previous years. We hope all entrants enjoy the fabulous event and play great golf throughout!

Please keep an eye on our website: www.aphroditehills.com and our social media sites, Facebook and Twitter for all forthcoming events. Alternatively, please contact the Golf desk on: +357 26 82 82 00 or David Stone (Head of Golf Services) on Mobile: +357 99 44 59 85 to find out more information.

Please complete the entry form available at Reception or online and return to the Golf Reception, or contact Golf Reservations on: +357 26 82 82 03, +357 26 82 82 00 or via email to golfreservations@aphroditehills.com to ensure your place is reserved!!!

Thank you to all entrants who have entered the 5th of September Betterball. We look forward to your participation in all golf events and tournaments, as your ongoing invaluable involvement ensures the very best of golf on the island... for both the love of golf and the fun of golf!


May all your drives be straight and long and may your putts drop in!


David Stone – Head of Golf Services

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Aphrodite Hills Real Estate News 2015



LAUNCH OF ALEXANDER HEIGHTS NEW VILLAS - PHASE II

Following the success of the completion, delivery and sale of the first ten front-line, sea view Villas of Alexander Heights Phase I, Aphrodite Hills Resort Ltd has now launched the sale of the next ten Villas at Phase II.


These two-storey Villas with their lush landscaped gardens and large infinity-edge swimming pools enjoy uninterrupted, south-facing sea views of the crystal blue Mediterranean Sea. Elevated at 120 metres above sea level they offer dramatic sunrises and breathtaking sunsets and are built to the highest luxurious finishes.

Prices start from €2,575,000 (net of VAT) and convenient terms of payment are offered. Construction of these magnificent Villas will commence late September 2015 and they will be completed and delivered to the lucky purchasers in March 2017. There is already encouraging interest in these unique Villas, which are limited in number. The first has been reserved and another two are under negotiation.
  

In the meantime, the Alexander Heights Apartments and Junior Villas of Phase I are now completed and deliveries to the purchasers have commenced.  The project is receiving high commendations from buyers and visitors alike, due to the high standard of finish and workmanship and the well designed and executed external areas and gardens.



For more information on Aphrodite Hills Real Estate please contact:
Tel: +357 26 828 050
Free Phone: 8000 1010


Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Aphrodite Hills Golf News - July 2015


Achilleas Senior Team Cup 2015

Aphrodite Hills is particularly proud of its second successful completion of the Senior Open Team event. The event took place on Thursday 21st May at the Aphrodite HillsGolf Club and was sponsored once again by Achilleas Jewellery.

Hard work, creativity, excellent planning and detailed preparation resulted in a fully subscribed Achilleas Senior Team Cup 2015, comprising of teams of four players, including visitors from over ten different clubs; making this year’s event even more spectacular than the previous year. This was the second time that Aphrodite Hills Golf Club has hosted this fantastic event supported by Achilleas Jewellery as the official sponsor of the Senior Team Cup.  Achilleas Jewellery is a small family run jewellers with the ability and passion to create very special bespoke jewellery. Based in Kouklia Village adjacent to Aphrodite Hills Resort, Achilleas Jewellery has built a tremendous reputation for quality and this is recognised by the many local residents and tourists that make regular visits to the area.


 Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the whole day; fortunately the sun was out, but the wind was strong which had a huge influence with the scoring. The course looked fantastic and played well and was perfectly set for this special tournament format - the ‘Irish Rumble’.

There were numerous spot/raffle prizes for our players, ranging from Spa treatments, dinner for two at Gabriel's Tavern and a Kouklia village agriculture trip. 


So, to the golfing prizes...

The Mixed Nearest the Pin on hole 17 was won by Berit Spira, from Minthis Hills Golf Club.

The events team also made a special prize for the highest score on hole 18 which was ‘won’ by a visiting team, who took advantage whilst holidaying in Cyprus! Congratulations to Peter Bidulph, Stuart Halls, Tony Cresswell and Peter Alderson for their complimentary group lesson with Adam Collinson, PGA Golf Professional, who is one of the resident Pro’s based at Aphrodite Hills Golf Club.

2nd place was gained with 80 points. Congratulations go to Holger Cahnbley, Demetrios Paphitis, Gernot Rumpold and Walter Wekenborg, who received the special silver golf pins, handmade by Achilleas himself.

Congratulations to the winning team: Victor Kunyukhov, Timothy Monks, Nick Gasparro and David Haythorn with 81 points!

As the winning team, each team member collected a stunning prize of an individual, elegant Tom Carter wristwatch, provided by official sponsor, Achilleas Jewellery. 



“On behalf of the Golf team and myself, I would like to thank everyone for their support, donations to the raffle prizes and a special thank you for the Achilleas Senior Team Cup official sponsor, Achilleas Michael. It was a great competition that was thoroughly enjoyed by all those taking part. This day always reminds me of an inspirational coach saying that ‘hard work can make dreams come true ”, added Katie Daniel, planner and organiser for the event.

Dream it, plan it, do it and repeat! See you all in 2016!

For more information on upcoming golf events visit: Aphrodite Hills Golf Tournaments