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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 04 October 2014
8 SATURDAY 4 OCTOBER 2014 AUSTRALIA Celebration of Macedonian pita In celebration of the traditional pita and symbolising Greek culture, tradition and family, the annual Macedonian Pita Celebration was hosted last weekend by the New United Villages of Florina. Hundreds of participants enjoyed a parade of the pita, that were blessed and shared at each table, accompanied with a display of folkloric dance by the youngest ones. Whittlesea councillor Kris Pavlidis (second from left) joined the event, alongside Father Evmenios, MP Lily Dambrosio and Peter Coussios. Philanthropy, breast cancer survival stories and an air of positive thinking, and hope, were all protagonists at the morning tea organised and hosted by Greek Australian Mayor of Whittlesea Mary Lalios and the three local Vic- torian Labor party members of parliament, Jenny Mikakos, Bronwyn Halfpenny and Lily D'Ambrosio. The morning tea, the third to have been hosted in the area, was attended by 200 people and raised $5,200, which will be pledged to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. The money will fund vital re- search in finding a cure for the deadly disease. Aside from its fundraising character, the event was also part of a concerted effort on behalf of the local govern- ment to encourage women to visit their doctors and have a mammogram, as accordingly current statistics within the City of Whittlesea show be- low average rates of preven- tative measures like mam- mograms. Throughout the event one breast cancer community ac- tivist, Sofia Mastoris, shared her personal story as a breast cancer survivor for over 20 years now. She highlighted her positive attitude as the catalyst to beating the dis- ease not once but twice. Breast cancer did not only help Sofia develop a more positive perspective about life, but also propelled her com- munity's awareness as she un- dertook volunteer positions at the Peter Mac hospital to com- fort, support and help women who undergo treatment. Anna Kostakos, who runs the Northern Cancer Support group and helps cancer vic- tims and their carers, togeth- er with those who have lost loved ones, told those pre- sent about a new program she is currently running to help men who have lost their wives to cancer master their skills in the kitchen. Anna also referred to her own per- sonal encounter with the dis- ease as she had lost her mum and dad to aggressive cancers. The positive story of breast cancer Participants at the event (L-R): Ms Bronwyn Halfpenny, state member for Thomastown; Cr Mary Lalios, mayor, City of Whittlesea; Carolyn McNamara from Breast Screen Victoria; Sofia Mastoris, breast cancer survivor; Anna Kostakos, convenor of the Northern Cancer Support Group; Ms Jenny Mikakos, state member for Northern Met- ropolitan Region and Ms Lily D’Ambrosio, state member for Mill Park. A successful fundraising event was held last Sun- day at St Dimitrios Parish Church in Moonee Ponds, in an event organised to raise funds for recent renovation works undertaken at the church. The fundraiser, attended by more than 250 people, was made possible through the collaboration of the parish committee, ladies auxiliary and Philhellene Restaurant, whose generous owners sup- plied the food for the event. The event was also spon- sored by local businesses - the Village Bakery, Lefkas Seafood, Conway Seafood, Fresh on Young. John Rerakis of Philhel- lene Restaurant told Neos Kosmos that the parish was overjoyed with the turnout of the community members, and support from volunteers and third generation Greek Australian musicians and dancers. The parish was treated to authentic Cretan and Pon- tian music performed by the Xylouris Ensemble and members of the Central Pon- tian Association ‘Pontiaki Estia’. Demonstrations of traditional Cretan dance were performed by the Pan- Cretan Association dance group. As a result of a combined community endeavour the sum of $7,170 was raised. Led by the tireless work of parish priest Father Emma- nuel Lykopantis, something of a renaissance has swept the parish lately, with lo- cal businesses, community organisations and younger members of the parish all coalescing to take an active role in its activities. $7,000 raised for Moonee Ponds church United in their tireless efforts for the community: Father Emmanuel Lykopantis (C) with John Rerakis of Philhellene Restaurant and musicians and dancers of the Pan-Cretan Association of Melbourne.
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