Dr. Yiota Demetriou - The Dancing Queen Foundation reflects the inspirational and energetic spirit of its namesake – Yiota Demetriou – who was to become the first PhD-recipient in her field in her native Cyprus at the time of her tragic death. Yiota’s exuberant charm, love of life and contagious sense of humor effortlessly gained admiration of colleagues, patients and friends alike, who nicknamed her the Dancing Queen given her ability to have the time of her life in almost any setting.
"Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly"
The Dr. Yiota Demetrou The Dancing Queen Foundation was founded by friends and family and is a loving tribute to Dr. Yiota Demetriou whose ambition to help children, in the field of child psychology, was cut short due to a tragic accident in November 2008. The accident was a result of a drunk driver.
Although Dr. Yiota Demetriou did not live to realise her dream, the Foundation aspires to keep her passion for children alive by enhancing the psychological health and welfare of children and their families.
Making educational and clinical support a priority, the foundation strives to meet its objectives by supporting programs as well as raising funds and awareness for children with mental health challenges.
Why 'Dancing Queen' ?
‘Dancing Queen’ captures the inspirational and energetic spirit of Dr. Yiota Demetriou.
Dr. Demetriou, a talented clinical therapist and psychologist, was to become the first PhD recipient in her field, in her native country Cyprus, at the time of her tragic death.
Dr. Demetriou’s exuberant charm, contagious sense of humor and zest for life are what made her stand out in any crowd. She gained the love and respect of friends, colleagues and patients and was nicknamed ‘The Dancing Queen’ because of her free-spirited, fun loving and larger than life personality.
- To improve and promote the psychological health of children, teenagers and their families;
- To educate and inform people about problems relating to children, teenagers and their families;
- To help and support children, teenagers and their families who encounter psychological problems.
- To donate funds to other institutions which deal with children who have psychological or physical illnesses.
- To collaborate with public and social services and voluntary institutions which are aligned with the Foundation’s aims.
- Raising awareness;
- Cooperating with governing bodies, doctors, psychiatrists and psychologists;
- Participating in voluntary programs;
- Providing voluntary, moral and economic support for various services which are associated with child, clinical and medical support;
- Supporting and organising seminars and educational events which are associated with children’s mental health;
- Co-operating with the media to promote the foundation;
- Organizing fundraising events.
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"The contribution and financial support that The DQ Foundation provides to children and teenagers with mental health problems as well as to their families, is significant and of vital importance. With its substantial contribution the foundation helps also our services in the materialization of our coming goals, such as therapy programs, the socialization of children and their families. We are thankful for the important and valuable assistance and are looking forward to its continuation."
Psychiatrist for Children and Teenagers
"The Alma is one of five programmes of the Theotokos Foundation and offers services for early child intervention through its interdisciplinary team, to families with children between the ages of 0-8 who display problems in any sector of development or children who are in the high risk category (e.g. premature) which may present problems growing up.
Alma gives specific emphasis to the provision of information, and advisory and psychological support to the parents.
From September 2012 it also has an afternoon program of intervention for older children.
In the last three years a special relationship has developed with the Dancing Queen Foundation, which was prompted by one of the mothers. Thanks to the foundation, Alma now has six special wheelchairs for children with physical disabilities, new mattresses, equipment for the department of physiotherapy, a Snoezelen room and also paid for training of the personnel of Alma on important methods. In total an amount of €36,000.00 has been donated to Alma."
Niki Kameri – Manager
To Alma - Skills Development Child Center
APPLY FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
The Dancing Queen Foundation provides financial assistance for therapies to families that cannot afford it. To apply for assistance complete and submit the application form below. For more information please contact us.
If you are a BANK OF CYPRUS customer ...
And you are using the 1bank system then you can make direct donations by simply going to the Donations field of your account and select our Foundation from the drop down list. Alternatively you can make your donation at the cashier desks of Bank of Cyprus.
SWIFT Number: BCYPCY2NXXX
IBAN:CY72 0020 0332 0000 0001 0362 3800
Annual Charity Walk:
'I'd Rather Walk than Drink & Drive', our annual charity walk against drunk driving. 2015's event raised over €37,000.00 with over 850 people taking part! It was our most successful walk. Thank you for the participation, the love and the generosity of all those who contribute to make this event such a big success!!
Annual Charity Party: 06/02/2016
Annual Charity Party in celebration of the foundation. We take this opportunity to inform our supporters, members and friends of what the foundation has achieved in the previous year.
There will also be a raffle draw with amazing prizes. To reserve tickets please call us or email.