The whole of the island was shaken with the passing of 35-year-old Natalie Christopher recently, following a massive social media campaign to locate her after when she was reported missing she was found dead near her hotel in Greece after a running accident. An Oxford graduate, an acclaimed astrophysicist and an athlete involved in many bi-communal events in Cyprus, Natalie was active and respected in many different circles. So, a memorial event to honour her will be held in the Buffer Zone on Wednesday.
It is being arranged by a range of groups with which Natalie was closely involved, including Cyprus Trail Runners, Runite Nicosia, Cyprus Girls Can, the Association for Historical Dialogue and Research, and the Home for Cooperation (H4C).
The event will be held at the H4C and will be totally secular, with no prayers said or religious (or political) statements made. It will comprise a series of short tributes by people and organisations from right across the island who knew or worked with Natalie. Tributes will be in Greek, Turkish and English but due to time constraints, these will not be translated. There will also be poetry readings and, possibly, one or two solo songs. At the end of the tributes, candles will be lit with a time of silent reflection or meditation.
“After the event,” organisers say, “which will last no more than two hours, refreshments will be served and people will have the opportunity to stargaze through telescopes from the roof of the H4C, and marvel at the wonders of the universe, the way Natalie did.” Note that only a limited number of people will be able to speak at the memorial, but a book will be available in which people can write their personal tributes to Natalie.
If you would like to pay a short tribute – either in words, poetry, or song – you can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to see if you can be fitted into the line-up. If you have pictures of Natalie that you wish to be included in the rolling slideshow that will be projected at the event, send them to the same email address.
The event is happening at H4C as Natalie conducted many of her projects on the premises, as it provides a welcoming space for people of all backgrounds, cultures and colours on the island.
Natalie Christopher Memorial Event
Event in memory of Natalie Christopher with tributes, poetry readings and songs. August 28. Home For Corporation, Nicosia. 7pm-10pm. Tel: 96-210956
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