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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 22 November 2014
SATURDAY 22 NOVEMBER 2014 23 AUSTRALIA One-stop-shop for homeless Business and community groups came together in Perth on Wednesday 12 November to provide free services to homeless people for a day. The Homeless Connect Project is held annually by the City of Perth and Volunteering WA. Homeless Connect Perth is based on a one-stopshop model of service provision to homeless people. The Hellenic Community once again came together to help offer a wide range of services to people living in the streets, and disadvantaged people in general, at Homeless Connect this month, with the goal of helping them find new pathways and connections. Reverend Father Elpidios managed to collect an enormous amount of non-perish- able food through his Food Appeal, ensuring that more than 1,000 families will benefit from the event. People in need were able to connect with a wide range of service providers, including housing, legal, medical, dental, employment, identification and recreational. Federal, state and local government agencies were also present. Volunteers supported the event’s implementation. The Hellenic Community members were also delighted to provide its facilities free for this exceptional and worthwhile day of help, while Garrod Keightley with his team of hair professionals provided free services to the hundreds of homeless. For more information visit www.perth.wa.gov.au Greek ‘stache Mo-up Nick Halkitis is Australia’s Mochamp for Movember NELLY SKOUFATOGLOU It's Mo month, and even if you're usually sporting a clean-shaven face, it’s not a bad idea to let the hair on your upper lip grow wild for a good cause. Movember isn't just a fundraising effort for men's health but an awareness-raising, month-long period which aims to convince men to look after themselves. Mo Bros have added a fun twist to their goal to "change the face of men's health". The Movember Foundation challenges men to grow moustaches during Movember. On Australia's leader board a Greek Australian man, who managed to raise $29,160, ranks first. Nick Halkitis, from Darwin NT, who runs a family construction supply company, has been a Mo Bro for five years now, religiously joining thousands of Aussie males as they mo up for November. Neos Kosmos than happy to motivate and discuss it with people, trying all the way, raising awareness," he explained. The broader community of Darwin has been surprisingly supportive, not just the Greeks - even though the Greek community is big here, placing Nick in first place nationally. "I'm number one currently. Australia’s No1 Mo Bro, Nick Halkitis. decided to have a little chat with Nick and his thousands of dollars' worth ‘stache. "Initially I can't remember why I decided to take part in Movember the very first year, but gradually it's become pretty clear, that sickness, whether it's physical or mental, actually touches a lot of people, and with that in mind, I've kept it up ever since," Mr Halkitis said. "It's amazing when you start explaining why you've got a moustache and end up lecturing people about the Movember motive, trying to convince them to get a check-up, take care of themselves". Every year he tries to wear a different moustache; there's literally a style-guide! "This year I'm going by the o-Mo. Since year one, we've been tapping first place in the Northern Territory. Now we have been trying a little bit harder and entered the top ten of Australia. Three years ago we were on number three, last year we ranked number two. We are going to keep trying, not only for first place, but for the overall reason. For me it matters more what we can do together. Not just what I can do. I'm more We've still got a week to go. The reason we do get a lot of funding is the generosity of the Darwin people. We've been in business for a long time, over 50 years," he said. "I use all my email contacts, my friends and family, my clients. I email them twice during November. I send 800 messages a day. We put a great deal of effort in it. The Movember movement really motivates people.” The Movember Foundation has, since 2004, run several Movember events to help fund programs in the areas of Awareness & Education, Living with Cancer, Research and Mental Health. The Movember community has raised more than $580 million, which is saving and improving the lives of men affected by prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health problems. Rev Elpidios, Garrod Keightley and Gary Mitchell at the Homeless Connect 2014 in Perth. 24-hour Greek radio A new Greek radio station has commenced broadcasting in Adelaide, providing lovers of Greek music with an alternative ANASTASIA TSIRTSAKIS In the last couple of months a new Greek radio station has popped up in Adelaide, created by husband and wife Panagiotis Mavraidis and Chrisoula Melisinaki. The newly arrived couple from Greece were seeking an alternative Greek station to what was already on offer and decided to create their own. "We started it as a hobby," Mr Mavraidis told Neos Kosomos. "I like the other stations in Australia but I wanted something different." Accessible anywhere in the world via their website, the show broadcasts news and Greek music on a daily basis, 24 hours a day. Between 6.00 pm and 8.00 pm every evening the show is being broadcast live, with the rest of the line-up preprogrammed. As it is a small team, the rest of the time slots are covered by segments of news and music from selected Greek radio programs from Greece and Germany. Currently based in the southern suburbs of Adelaide, Mr Mavraidis hopes to be relocating the station to the city of Adelaide over the coming months. Tune in to Radio Melodia daily on VHF band on 152.275 MHz or online www.radiomelodia.com.au/ An artist’s impression of the complex. Karidis Corporation boosts local jobs and retirement village growth Based in Adelaide, chairman Gerry Karidis pledges three new retirement villages at Acacia Park complex, in Brooklyn Park Family-owned Adelaide business Karidis Corporation Limited has unveiled a near $60 million retirement village complex, accommodating more than 250 residents. Launching the project mid- week, chairman Gerry Karidis said the venture would boost local development in Adelaide's west. "This is good news for South Australia's ageing population and good news for the local economy," Mr Karidis said. "Acacia Park, and our other exciting developments currently underway, represent a total investment commitment of more than $127.5 million, will generate $165 million of economic flow on to the South Australian economy, and create 300 direct jobs as well as an estimated additional 600 indirect jobs." Karidis said the development is aiming to attract skilled migrants into South Australia, benefitting the state's future economic prospects. "It stands to reason that more people will create greater wealth for South Australia, because they will buy homes, spend money on everyday costs, and in turn they will pay taxes and bring added skills to our economy." Works on the project have already commenced, with the first stage set to be completed by Christmas. Additional stages are due to be completed by mid-to-late 2015. Karidis Corporation Limited continues to be one of South Australia's most vibrant property development companies with over 5,000 residential, commercial and retirement projects across the state and in neighbouring Victoria.
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