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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 7 March 2015
NEWS 8 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 7 MARCH 2015 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Parishioners petition for change to bus route Elderly parishioners from St Dimitrios Greek Orthodox Parish in Moonee Ponds are finally having their voices heard, after requesting a bus stop be placed at Keilor East Cemetery. Essendon's state Labor MP Danny Pearson said he was eager to help with the matter, submitting a petition on their behalf to the state parliament. With the support of his sons, 77-year-old Chris Kouroupidis is responsible for the petition, having successfully gathered more than 450 signatures. The petition, regarding route 476, highlights that the nearest bus stop to the cemetery is almost 750m away. Considering many of the community's elderly use the bus service to visit their loved ones at the cemetery, many of whom are in wheelchairs or using a walking frame, they are faced with the challenging task of crossing a freeway and Keilor Park Drive to reach their destination. "It's ridiculous - nobody from the church is able to visit their loved ones at the cemetery," said Mr Kouroupidis’ son, Sandy. "It would only have to go around 30 seconds or two minutes out of its way." According to Public Transport Victoria spokesman Daniel Waugh, the request is currently being reviewed, with the authority "working with the (state) government to investigate options for the bus services to Keilor Cemetery". About 150 participants ran the 3.2 km and 6.4 km circuits. Fun run raises thousands for Ebola mission Around 150 runners helped raise more than $4,000 to help Father Themis' Orthodox Mission in Sierra Leone as part of the AHEPA Youth Path to Paradise Fun Run last week. The event was sectioned into two divisions, with a 3.2 km walk and 6.4 km run, and saw both young and old attempt the Carlton Gardens circuit. AHEPA Youth's own treasurer Ross Katsambanis took out first prize in the 3.2 km run, Peter Patisteas took out the 3.2 run division and Aris- tidis Dollas came first in the 6.4 km run. AHEPA Youth members also put on a sausage sizzle and bake sale at the finish line which helped them reach the final fundraising total of $4,100. The overall funds raised for Father Themis' mission over three years is now at $18,246. AHEPA Youth president Anthea Tsaousis says $10,000 will go to the development of 3D printing of prosthetic limbs for the Mission's amputees, and $8,246 will go to Ebola virus relief. Sir John Monash award nominations now open A high number of nominations are expected for this year’s Sir John Monash awards, whose nominations are now open to the community. The annual awards are designed to celebrate and acknowledge the hard work of those who make a positive contribution to the Monash community. Monash Mayor Paul Klisaris, states that "these volunteers are the heartbeat of [the] community", and through the Sir John Monash awards, their efforts and hard work can be recognised. Klisaris calls for nominations from the community and urges the community to take the time to nominate anyone who is making a difference. The winners of the awards, which have eight categories, will be announced during National Volunteer Week in May, at a ceremony that will be held at the Monash Art Gallery on the 13th of May. The categories include: - Volunteer of the Year - Women's Leadership - Youth Leadership - Positive Ageing Leadership - Sustainability Leadership - Active Monash - Outstanding Advocate of People with Disabilities - Multicultural Champion The awards will also honour one overall winner of the Sir John Monash award, selected from the winners of the awards categories. Nominations will be open until Friday 27 March and nomination forms can be downloaded from www. monash.vic.gov.au/community/monashawards or picked up from the Monash Civic Centre (293 Springvale Road, Glen Waverley), Oakleigh Service Centre (3 Atherton Road, Oakleigh) and Monash libraries. Completed nomination forms can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org; posted to Sir John Monash Awards, Monash Council, PO Box 1, Glen Waverley 3150 or hand-delivered to the Monash Civic Centre or the Oakleigh Service Centre. Greek Australian appreciation in Parliament House Minister Jenny Mikakos with Greek Australian migrant Mr Yiannis Tremoulas, displaying a joyful sense of appreciation as Mr Tremoulas ends an astounding 48 years of work as an electrical engineer at the Parliament of Victoria. Mr Tremoulas migrated to Australia from Lesvos in 1964, and commenced his lengthy career three years later when Sir Henry Bolte was premier. Congratulations to Mr Tremoulas on his retirement.
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