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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 9 May 2015
NEWS 6 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 9 MAY 2015 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Alphington celebrates Mother’s Day in style To honour and give thanks to the special women in our lives, the Alphington Grammar School community held a fundraiser last week to celebrate Mother's Day with a high tea. The school's Andrianakos Centre was transformed with festive decorations and an abundance of food, catering to over 250 guests. Making a special appearance from Canberra were Greece's ambassador to Australia, Haris Dafaranos, along with his wife Eyvah, who officially opened the event. Also attending on the day were executive members of the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria, dignitaries, media and other special guests. With all funds raised being put towards the Peter MacCallum hospital and paediat- ric cancer research, the key guest speaker was Elly Symonds, whose eldest son has been diagnosed with cancer three times. Giving a touching and honest speech, Ms Symonds reflected on her personal journey and the challenges she faced during this time. "Elly shared with us all, that we can find resilience and hope in the toughest of times and against all odds," said Dr Vivianne Nikou, principal of Alphington Grammar. "Alphington Grammar School has a big heart and our community understands the importance of demonstrating to the next generations that a strong social conscience, and contributing to research and those less fortunate than ourselves, is important." Organisers of the event, along with principal of Alphington Grammar, Dr Vivianne Nikou (L) and ambassador of Greece to Australia, Haris Dafaranos (C) and his wife Eyvah. Alphington Grammar School students entertaining guests on the day. HAL to host inaugural Alexander Christy Freeleagus Oration The Hellenic Lawyers Association (HAL) will be hosting the inaugural Alexander Christy Freeleagus Oration later this month in Brisbane. Due to take place on Friday 22 May, the event sponsored by Clayton Utz will be held at the Banco Court of the QEII Courts of Law Complex. Presenting on the day will be the Honourable Justice Emilios Kyrou of the Supreme Court of Victoria, who will delve into the 'Attributes of a Good Lawyer and Judge'. Also participating and closing the event's proceedings will be Queensland's patron of HAL, the Honourable Justice Anthe Philippides of the Supreme Court of Queensland. As the event is taking place at the Banco Court where seating is limited, registrations are highly recommended to avoid disappointment and secure a place. Additionally, HAL will be holding its first annual general meeting in Melbourne on Wednesday 27 May, 2015 at 6.00 pm, where only current financial members will be eligible to vote. A free event for HAL mem- bers, non-members are required to pay $30 to attend. For further information or to attain a registration form, contact Mal Varitimos QC at malvaritimos@qldbar. asn.au The Andrianakos Centre transformed into the perfect high tea setting. Eat Greek and help asylum seekers A Greek charity dinner will be held in Williamstown next month to help raise funds for asylum seeker support organisation, West Welcome Wagon (WWW). Organised by Kenny Weir, a western suburbs food blogger and creator of the Consider the Sauce blog, sees this as an opportunity for people to get on board and help a worthwhile cause whilst enjoying a good night out. "WWW takes care of many needs facing about 200 homes containing about 1000 people; people who are facing an uncertain future, who cannot work and have very little to get by on," Mr Weir told the Maribyrnong and Hobsons Bay Star Weekly. Run by volunteers, the not- for-profit organisation assists asylum seekers residing in areas from Footscray to Geelong, providing them with everything from food and clothes, to household furniture. But as Mr Weir states, WWW provides far more than sustenance and material possessions, as "they provide them, too, something just as important - simple human contact and companionship," he said. The banquet will be taking place on Wednesday 24 June and will cost $50 per person, with 40 per cent of the proceeds after food costs going straight to the charity. The fundraiser will be taking place at Santorini Restaurant, 1 Parker Street, Williamstown, VIC and can accommodate up to 50 people. To avoid missing out visit www.considerthesauce. net/2015/04/22/fabulousgreek-feast-for-www/ for further details and to book a seat.
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