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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 2 May 2015
NEWS 24 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 2 MAY 2015 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Knocking blocks off The Block apartments auction broke global TV prize records, with the contestants swiping a windfall of millions The ten dramatic weeks of The Block culminated on Wednesday night's show during the finished apartments' auction. Greek Adelaide couple Tim and Anastasia were first to go under the hammer, with their property netting an initial reserve of $1.4 million for the building's most noteworthy apartment. The couple returned to the auction after last week's dramatic episode where they walked out of The Block, threatening to quit the show when they were accused of not paying their plasterers. The couple finished last on the leader board set by the judges, but the pair's use of technology impressed affluent buyers, gaining them a whopping $755,000 profit. Anastasia and Tim said they are eager to get back to their kids and family life which was put on hold and to wipe their debts, as their participation in the show forfeited their income. "We are happy to go back to our families and spend some quality time with our kids, and look forward to the next chapter of what could be our life now," Anastasia said. The couples as Tim and Anastasia go home with $755,000. Their apartment was sold for $2,175,000, making a record win on a landing bid. Jess and Ayden were next up, and with their $1,420,000 reserve, the bids were on fire, getting them a $665,000 profit out of the $2,000,000 final bid. "We want to build a house on our block of land - we wanted $250,000," Ayden said on camera before the auction. They got a lot more than what they hoped for, plus another round of television exposure on Nine's new show Reno Rumble, where two teams will have to renovate 12 homes in six weeks. Deanne and Darren, the third and luckiest couple to take the heat, made up for last year's flop that left them with only $10,000. The Melbourne couple won, making an $835,000 profit. With a reserve of Brisbane pays its respects to the Anzacs To honour the centenary of the Gallipoli campaign, the Asia Minor Historical Society, along with Queensland's Hellenic Sub-Branch of the RSL, held a commemorative dinner. Aptly taking place the Friday before Anzac Day, the evening officially commenced with the national anthems of both Australia and Greece, followed by The Last Post, a period of one minute's silence and the recitation of The Ode. Distinguished guests at- tending on the night included Queensland's Hon. Consul of Greece, James Raptis OBE; federal member of parliament for Griffith, Terri Butler, along with councillor for the Gabba ward, Helen Abrahams. Representatives of the commander 1st division Gallipoli barracks were also present, including Commander Gerald Savvakis; chairman of the advisory board of the Red Cross, John Pinney AM, and chief executive officer of Legacy Brisbane Gavan White. Two historical presentations were made during the dinner, with Despina Drakos drawing on her personal family history and speaking on the history of the Greek people in Asia Minor during the period. Dr Panayiotis Diamandis, lecturer of genocide studies from the University of Technology Sydney also spoke on the night, giving a presentation entitled 'Anzac, Queensland and Hellenism'. Taking the role of master of ceremonies was Colonel Vlas Eftathis OAM RFD, president of the Hellenic Sub-Branch RSL Queensland. The Anzac Day commemorations continued the following day with the Brisbane Anzac Day Parade. Organised under the direction of the Anzac Day Combined Parade Committee with the support of the Returned and Services League of Australia, present on the day was governor of Queensland, Hon. Paul de Jersey AC. Double D enjoying their record-breaking win. $1,455,000 the bids stopped at $2,290,000. They also received the $100,000 grand prize, taking home $935,000. Their win was the biggest in the show's history compensating for Darren's sudden brain tumour surgery and the family's bills. The duo plans to stop renting and buy an apartment, while Deanne has been given a break as an interior designer. Finally, the youngest couple on the show, Josh and Charlotte, who were also hoping to go home with enough money for a deposit to start apartment hunting, are leaving with a profit of $810,000. Starting from $1,390,000 they sold their property for $2,200,000 with an opening bid of $1.8 million. More than enough to buy them the town house of their dreams. St John’s Community Care opens in Townsville St John's Community Care officially opened its doors in Townsville last Saturday 18 April, with a blessing from the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia. Participating in the ribbon cutting ceremony were His Grace Bishop Seraphim, vicar general of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, along with the assistant bishop to His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos. The centre, which provides services to enhance the independence and quality of life of the aged, along with assistance for younger people with intellectual and physical disabilities, was established by Theo Bacalakis and the team at St John's the Baptist under the guidance of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia. With centres in both Cairns and Taigum, Towsville is now the third addition, providing much-needed services to the surrounding districts. Also present on the day were The Anzac Day parade, with pall bearers wearing traditional Greek dress. Brisbane commemorated the Centenary of Anzac with a moving service. Townsville's mayor, Jenny Hill; minister for disabilities and seniors, and assistant to the premier in North Queensland, Hon. Coralee O'Rourke; Scott Stewart, member of parliament for Townsville; Jim Raptis, Hon. Consul for Greece in Queensland and Queensland’s Hon, Consul for Greece Jim Raptis with his wife Helen Raptis. Chas Gianarakis, acting chair for St John's Community Care. It proved to be a busy weekend for the Greek Community of St Theodore, with a divine liturgy taking place on the following Sunday. The service was celebrated by His Grace Bishop Seraphim together with Father Menelaos Hatzoglou, parish priest from Cairns and newly appointed priest to Townsville, Father Alexios Kapandritis. A lunch followed in the adjoining church hall, during which Ms Hill presented the Greek Community with an award for the Townsville Greek Festival.
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