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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 18 October 2014
10 SATURDAY 18 OCTOBER 2014 AUSTRALIA School competition commemorates World War II In commemoration of the events of World War II in Greece, students and parents gathered at the Australian Hel- lenic Memorial last Sunday for the Australian Hellenic Me- morial School Competition. The competition aims to continue the memory of these events and to ensure that young Greek Australians are educated on this signifi- cant historical period. Students' awards were pre- sented by Mr Vasilios Gko- kas of the Greek Consul of Educational Affairs, who ex- pressed great happiness for the success of the competi- tion and stressed its impor- tance. Students awarded for their successful participation in this year's Australian Hellenic Memorial School Competition. Andrianopoulos celebrates in style Greek Australian petrol magnate Andreas Andrianopoulos celebrated his 80th birthday, with a surprise appearance by Greek superstar Anna Vissi More than a thousand people attended last Saturday's sur- prise birthday party of Greek Australian petrol magnate An- dreas Andrianopoulos, at Pen- insula Ballroom in Docklands, to celebrate his 80th birthday. A surprise visit to Mel- bourne, for the party of the well-known businessman, was the appearance of Greek superstar Anna Vissi, who en- tertained the guests through- out the night with her well known hits. Everything was carefully planned out for Saturday's party in style, to portray the colourful Andreas' character. Numerous family members, friends and business partners were there to honour the man who built the whole empire, after taking off modestly from his village in Greece with a pair of old shoes. From shepherd to business- man, Andreas Andrianopoulos has been described as the par- adigm of a good family man and a great member and hu- manitarian of the wider Greek and Australian community. During the night, the biog- raphy of Andreas Andrianop- oulos - written by Anastasios Tamis - was presented, and gifted to all the attendees. Andreas Andrianopoulos bought his first service sta- tion bearing the BP logo in 1970. Forty-four years later, along with his four sons, he runs a network of 49 sites, with fuel sales of almost 500 million litres in 2012. Andrianopoulos cuts his birthday cake with Greek singer Anna Vissi. Lemnian Community of Victoria turns 75 Over 300 Lemnians attend- ed the Vogue Ballroom on Saturday 11 October to cel- ebrate the 75th anniversary of the Lemnian Community of Victoria. The members of O Hephaestus, which happens to be one of the first and most active Greek communities in Australia, managed to gath- er the respectable amount of $8,010 - money which will be donated to Thalassaemia Aus- tralia. Christina Despoteris was the host for the evening, while president Malama Var- vara welcomed guests with a short but emotional brief re- garding the history of the or- ganisation. Mr Lee Tarlamis MP highlighted the organi- sation's struggle throughout the years, to preserve the traditions and the legacy of Lemnos, showing great resil- ience and creativity. The Lemnians were in fact among the first Greeks who arrived in Australia in the mid-19th century. It is said that Costantis Makras, who fought for Greek independ- ence, gave his two sailing vessels to the Kanellos and Tramoundanis families, help- ing them reach this promis- ing yet far-away land. And so they did. In 1901 Eleftherios Kanellos established Lemnos & Co. in Brisbane. In 1939, Ioanni Tsoha, managed to unite the Lemnians via a fun- draiser for a funeral, making use of his strong relations to the Lemnian Community in Egypt. This was the first step to the later establishment of the Union of Lemnians in Melbourne, O Hephaestus. From that day on, the un- ion sees to the social, spirit- ual and intellectual develop- ment of its members, helping one another and providing medical assistance to those in need. Dimitrios Blablani was the organisation's inaugural president and Ioanni Tsoha the secretary, counting 72 registered members back in 1939, following the constitu- tion of the Lemnian Commu- nity of Egypt, but circa 1956, O Hephaestus developed its own. The organisation grew a lot stronger under Odeseas Marmaras' presidency, which lasted for 30 fruitful years. The union now has a great soccer team, a dancing group, a youth club, Miss Lemnos pageant and takes pride in its very dynamic elderly citizens club which has worked tire- lessly to raise funds, whilst promoting Lemnian culture and heritage for future gen- erations. "With the Lemnos Gallipo- li Commemorative Commit- tee we are working to make sure that Lemnos and its role in Australia's Anzac story is commemorated during the Centenary of Anzac celebra- tions next year. Our new me- morial to be erected in Albert Park, where many Lemnians first arrived in Melbourne, will be a lasting reminder of Lemnos' part in Australia's story," said president Mala- ma Varvara. The members of the Lem- nian Community of Victoria have managed to entwine both Greek and Australian cultures, constantly pro- moting humanitarian acts, sports and arts since its es- tablishment. We therefore wish them even more years of prosperity and successful celebrations. S O Hephaestus at the Vogue Ballroom. Back row (L-R): Peter Triantaflaros, Nikos Kambouris, Malama Varvara - president, Lee Tarlamis MP, Antonia Bendoulis, Nikos Sidirelis. Front row (L-R): Christina Despoteris, Bill Georgantis, Mary Kalogeras, Harry Constandara. Third generation of Lemnians in Australia.
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