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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 9 May 2015
NEWS 2 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 9 MAY 2015 Crowdfunding raises cash for Kapalos film My Cause appeal raises $7,000 in seven days MICHAEL SWEET Moved by the plight of Australians having to resort to illegal medicinal cannabis, Helen Kapalos left her career in television to selffund a documentary which reveals the compelling medical logic and science of this contentious topic. With the project now in its final weeks of post-production - with editors working around the clock to get it finished - the former Channel 7 presenter has turned to crowdfunding via the My Cause website to offset some of the spiralling costs of the groundbreaking film. And after just a week of going live, the online campaign launched on May 1 (under the title Medical Marijuana Mission) has realised over $8,000 of its $20,000 target; the result of more than 130 individual donations. Kapalos' impassioned exploration of the medical marijuana debate for Channel 7's Sunday Night show in 2014 brought the subject to national attention. The film chronicles how Tamworth man Dan Haslam - who died earlier this year aged 25 after succumbing to bowel cancer - became an unlikely crusader for medical marijuana. Mr Haslam's advocacy of the drug pushed its use to the brink of legislation in NSW and Victoria. Much of the production was shot in Israel where the world's most extensive trials of medical marijuana have been conducted. Writing about the huge response to the My Cause campaign on Facebook, Ms Kapalos said she was "overwhelmed and humbled" by the response. Many of the donations have come from families of patients afflicted by conditions alleviated by the use of medical marijuana. Ms Kapalos said the remarkable response spoke of "that fundamental human right of being able to make a discerning choice in our health care" and that the personal stories of loved ones lost had "strengthened my resolve to shed light on this issue". One of the largest single donations - of $500 - came DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Greek community loses one of their own The death of Peter Williams earlier this week has seen an outpouring of grief from the wider Greek Australian community. A former teacher of Murrumbeena High School, this was where he first had the opportunity to fall in love with Greek dance. He eventually travelled to Greece where he further developed his passion, namely of the Pontian tradition, visiting small villagers and mixing with locals. On social media, lawyer and freelance journalist Konstantinos Kalymnios reflected on when he first met Peter in 2008 at Pontiaki Koinotita in Brunswick. "Week after week he would be there, a broad smile on his face, executing the most graceful and refined dance moves. Only Peter could transform Pontian dance into ballet. His enthusiasm was as awe-inspiring as his knowledge and it is fitting that the Greek community adopted him as one of their own. Rest in peace Peter. An entire community will miss you," Mr Kalymnios wrote. Diagnosed with an incurable illness, Peter was bedridden, however this did not put a dampener on his infectious spirit and enthusiasm for Greek music and culture. In an article published in Neos Kosmos last Saturday, Maria Stella Papageorgiou wrote of Peter's strong connection to the music right until the end. "A few of his friends visited a few days ago, accompanied by their instruments, to play some of his favourites. Without even realising it, he says he started tapping his feet along to the rhythm, his body and soul still willing him to dance." The loss of Peter Williams will be deeply felt within the Greek community, who adopted him as their own. As Peter himself proclaimed, he is sure to be dancing pontiaka with the angels. Peter Williams Helen Kapalos from Cancer Voices NSW, a voluntary group of people affected by cancer. A spokesperson for the group said the film would increase awareness of the reasons for mak- PHOTO: JOHN TSIAVOS. ing access to medical cannabis legal. To make a donation go to http://www.mycause.com.au/ page/100135/medicalmarijuanamission Battle of Crete commemorations 74th anniversary events announced for Sydney and Melbourne This year's Battle of Crete anniversary commemorations in Australia will begin on Saturday 16 May in Sydney, with the laying of wreaths at the Martin Place cenotaph. The service commences at 1.45 pm. His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret'd), Governor of New South Wales, accompanied by Mrs Linda Hurley, will be attending, along with guest of honour Lieutenant General Georgios Paraschopoulos, accompanied by Colonel Vasileios Broumas of the Hellenic Defence Force. Also present will be hon- oured veterans, state and federal parliamentarians and consular representatives. In addition to the Martin Place ceremony, the 74th anniversary of the Greece and Crete campaigns will be commemorated at the following locations in Sydney: Saturday 16 May 7.00 pm Battle of Crete Annual Ball. For bookings contact the Cretan Association of NSW on 0439 665 011 or 0408 636 107. Sunday 17 May 9.30 am Memorial Service. Greek Archdiocese Church, Redfern. Monday 18 May 7.00 pm Launch of the book Battle of Crete - the Untold Stories. Kogarah Library, Belgrave Street, Kogarah. Sunday 24 May 11.00am Memorial Service. Garrison Church, cnr Argyle and Lower Fort St, Millers Point, The Rocks. The NSW commemorations are co-ordinated by the Joint Committee for the Commemoration of the Battle of Crete and Greek Campaigns. In Melbourne, official commemorations begin on Saturday 23 May with the official Battle of Crete Dinner Dance, under the auspices of the Cretan Federation of Australia & New Zealand and in honour of Battle of Crete Veterans. The event will begin at 7.00 pm and take place at the Cretan Brotherhood of Melbourne & Victoria, 148 Nicholson Street, Brunswick East. Victorian commemorations will continue the following day with the following program: Sunday 24 May 10.00 am Church Service at the Greek Orthodox Holy Archdiocesan Cathedral of St. Eustathios, 221 Dorcas Street, South Melbourne, officiated by Bishop Ezekiel of Dervis. 12.00 pm Parade and wreath laying ceremony at the Shrine of Remembrance, with the participation of religious, consular and political representatives and veterans. 12.30 pm Visit to the Cretan olive tree planted by Veterans of the Battle of Crete in the Domain Gardens. 1.00 pm Ceremony at the Australian Hellenic Memorial in Domain Gardens hosted by the Australian Hellenic Memorial Foundation. 2.30 pm Luncheon in honour of the visiting officers of the Greek Armed Forces, at the Cretan Village, Pancretan Association of Melbourne, 90 Cathies Lane, Wantirna South. The Victorian commemorations are co-ordinated by the Cretan Brotherhood of Melbourne & Victoria and the Pancretan Association of Melbourne.
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