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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 25 April 2015
NEWS 4 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 25 APRIL 2015 Making a big change for life ALEXANDRA MANATAKIS Agoraphobia; a word of Greek derivation literally meaning 'fear of the marketplace'. Under the crippling force of agoraphobia sufferers are housebound, for fear of social contact with the outside world - an experience which many of us could not live without. Agoraphobia is just one of the many mental illnesses that plagued the life of local Greek Australian, Nicoletta (Nikki) Kazas, for two-anda-half years. Housebound for the entirety of this time, Nikki spent that period solemn inside her home, without contact from the outside world, all stimulated by depression from the crippling source of weight problems. Nikki is just one of almost two in every three Australian adults suffering from obesity in Australia. Not only does this mean that she is a part of the two thirds of the Australian population that are suffering at the hands of the physical diseases brought around by obesity, but she is also a part of the two thirds of our adult population that are suffering mentally. Depression and anxiety are two of obesity's biggest mental effects and can harm the minds of those who suffer for a life time. In honour of the undeniably altruistic spirit of Australia, it is now time for the Greek community to unite and help Nikki on her a big change for life. Nikki has decided to undergo a gastric sleeve, which she has witnessed change the life of her auntie's nephew entirely. From the gastric sleeve, Nikki vies for a total life revolution. “I hope I can lift my depression. I hope my anxiety isn't so prevalent. I hope I can get rid of my phobias, my insecurities and that I can achieve the many goals I want to achieve.” After recovering to full health, Nikki wants to start her own health retreat. “I want to become a life coach or a nutritionist; I have always had an interest in nutrition.” Nikki Kazas journey out of obesity and into a new life. Nikki Kazas is a 31-yearold Greek Australian from Melbourne who has resided here since she was two years old and has struggled with weight problems from as early and she can remember. “My whole life I have always been fat and it has gotten worse over time - now I am at my worst weight of 195 kgs.” Nikki's' lifelong weight battle has meant significant implications for all aspects of her being. Physical diseases and overall life obstacles brought about by her obesity include type 2 diabetes, sleep apnoea, high cholesterol, ar- thritis in the knees, back, hips and ankles. Mentally, Nikki has suffered from schizoaffective disorder, major depressive illness, anxiety, panic disorder and the ever crippling agoraphobia described above. "My depression really kicked off after high school,” she says, “and [my] agoraphobia was an overwhelming sense of anxiety - I was that terrified of dealing with people, I even withdrew from my friends.” After being trapped for the duration of her life in a neverending cycle of physical, chemical, mental and hormonal implications, Nikki now desires to break free; to make Through this, Nikki wishes to give back the help that she has received during her journey, in a further bid to help those who are also suffering at the hands of excessive weight. In order to do this, however, Nikki desperately needs the help of the Greek Australian community to fund her medical procedure. The gastric sleeve will cost Nikki $10,000, needing approximately $8,000 for a private surgeon, and the excess funding needed for extras. With Nikki surviving on only a disability pension, it is a challenging task. To help Nikki meet her goals and attain a new way of life, head to: www.gofundme.com/ s6thsg The first double Greek wedding in Darwin. Huge reunion planned for Haritos family Documented as one of the oldest and most prolific Greek families in Australia, descendants of the Haritos family are organising a bumper reunion in June to mark 100 years in Darwin. A huge list of events has been organised to coincide with the Darwin Greek Glendi, taking family members on bus tours and boat cruises to visit famous spots which played an integral part in the family's history. The earliest descendant, Eustratios Haritos, settled in Darwin in 1915 and had eight children. From there sprung a huge empire, with the family having a hand in everything from pearl diving, salt works and crocodile hunting. Famously, the Haritos brothers took Prince Philip crocodile hunting in 1956. Years in the making, the reunion will see family members travel from far and wide around Australia. T-shirts are being made to mark the occasion, and the family will even have a stall at the Glendi showing off some amazing old photos. A highlight for the reunion will be a guided tour of Eustratios' old haunts including the Haritos houses, the Parap markets, the cemetery, the salt pans and Mica Beach. The Haritos family created a lot of firsts for the Greek community of Darwin. Eustratios is thought to be the first to have a traditional Greek wedding in the territory, where they had to ship a Greek priest from Perth to conduct the ceremony. It was such a rarity to have a Greek priest in Darwin that Eustratios decided to make it a double wedding, inviting his friend Dick Pitsikis to marry his bride's sister, Kyriakoula Harmanis. He developed the salt industry of Darwin in 1919, where he sold salt to the profitable meatworks. By that time, Darwin had ceased importing salt thanks to the work of Haritos. His grocery store in town became something of a Darwin institution and his fishing and pearling business became quite profitable. For more information, visit www.100yearsindarwin.com/ Lemnos - the Greek dimension in the Anzac Centenary Homage exhibition dedicated to the Anzac Centenary at the Greek Embassy residence The Ambassador of Greece Mr Haris Dafaranos and Mrs Eva T. Dafaranos are holding an exhibition to honour the fallen and wounded sons of Australia and New Zealand on Wednesday 29 April 2015. Fourteen aspiring and established Greek Australian artists will be showcasing their works at the exhibition entitled ‘Lemnos - the Greek dimension in the Anzac Cen- tenary’, curated by Eva Τ. Dafaranos herself and hosted at 7.00 pm at the Greek Embassy Residence in Yarralumla, Canberra (115 Empire Circuit). The 14 artists have taken their inspiration from the Anzac spirit of sacrifice, the compassion and hospitality the island of Lemnos provided during the expedition, as well as the Australian nurses' heroism in the island's field hospitals. "The themes chosen examine human feelings in times of war, together with the impact of the suffering, the vibes of a friendly and peaceful land such as Lemnos, the colours of the Greek setting, the Australian heroines and the brave souls of the enlisted men," Mrs Dafaranos said. The creatives will present their works at the inauguration opening of the exhibition on April 29 in an expression of homage on behalf of the 800,000-strong population of Greek descent living in Australia. The exhibition will be open to the public on May 2 and 3, from 11.00 am to 4.00 pm. Admission is free. *The Greek Australian artists participating are: Karen Barbouttis, Nick Bonovas, Stephen Caldis, Olga Cironis, George Comino, Alexandra Danalis, Eyvah T. D, Stella Karydiotou, Dean Manning, Peter Michalandos, Ros Psakis, George Raftopoulos, Athena Xenakis, George Zindilis. DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Fourteen Greek Australian artists will pay tribute to the Lemnos story in a collaborative exhibition.
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