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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 9 May 2015
NEWS 24 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 9 MAY 2015 Contribute to Nepal earthquake victims ECCV urges Victorians and the international community to provide support and aid to the towns and cities devastated by the earthquake The Ethnic Communities' Council of Victoria (ECCV) is urging Victorians to contribute to the fund-raising efforts for the victims of the massive earthquake that has struck Nepal and surrounding areas. "It was heartening that the Australian Government had acted quickly and pledged to send $5 million in humanitarian aid to the people affected by the 7.9 earthquake that had its epicentre north- west of Kathmandu," ECCV chairperson, Mr Eddie Micallef, said. The Victorian Government had also pledged $500,000 to the Nepal Region Earthquake Appeal established by the Red Cross. "The ECCV, as the peak non-government organisation representing ethnic and multicultural communities in Victoria, has more than 200 member organisations - some of which are from the Nepalese, Bhutanese and surrounding communities," Mr Micallef added. "Our thoughts are with individuals and their families who have been directly affected by this natural disaster, and we ask that all members of the Victorian community give generously to help these people in such a desperate time of need. "We urge the international community to do all it can to provide support and aid to rebuild the towns and cities in Nepal and surrounding regions affected by the earthquake," he stressed. Mr Micallef said it was tragic that reports were coming into Australia about people in Kathmandu and other areas For the people of Nepal and surrounding areas, recovery is expected to take years following Saturday’s 7.9 magnitude earthquake. having to live on the streets because they are terrified of aftershocks and are scared of returning to their homes. "However, as the extent of the tragedy is continually unfolding and being made clearer, we are calling on the Australian Government to consider increasing its contribution by putting more aid in place. "Media reports have indicated that members of the Victorian Nepalese and other com- munities are starting to raise funds so that they can directly contribute to the relief effort. We are urging all members of the Victorian community to give as much support as they can to help victims of this massive disaster." *For further information contact ECCV chairman Eddie Micallef on 0413 127 422 and ECCV Media Advisor John Watts on 0400 195 480 or firstname.lastname@example.org Fundraising drive for sick teen Emily Karakatsanis is no ordinary 15-year-old girl. Rather than enjoying her carefree teenage years making memories with friends, she spends every day in pain, unable to get through a whole school day. Diagnosed with two rare diseases, Behcet’s Disease and Hyper Eosinophilia, in addition to Mast Cell Activation, Emily is facing a whole host of side affects that impact on her daily life. "She suffers with exhaustion, mouth ulcers, colon ulcers, severe joint pain, breathlessness, dizziness, low blood pressure and migraines with aura," a close friend of the family's, Liz Hondrakis, told Neos Kosmos. "Emily struggles to get through a school day and missed two terms of school last year. She is a remarkable young lady with much courage and strength, always putting on a brave face and never feels sorry for herself." However, without treatment at the Oakleigh Grammar School hall, taking place on Saturday 27 June. Cost of entry includes a four course meal and live entertainment throughout the night. For the purpose of the live and silent auctions which will also take place on the night, organisers would greatly appreciate the donation of any items, packages or services. Emily's diseases could be fatal. Specialists in Australia are yet to determine the best treatment to suppress the diseases and minimise their effects, and so in a desperate search the 15-year-old's family have taken her to both England and the United States to meet with leading world specialists in an attempt to discover any treatment options available. Yet such trips have led to large out of pocket expenses and with a mounting debt of ongoing travel and medical bills in both Australia and abroad, Emily's family are finding it tough to manage. "I have witnessed their struggles, determination and their will to stop at nothing - to give the best possible care to their daughter. I would like to do the same," said Ms Hondrakis. To help assist the family with the costs involved, Ms Hondrakis has organised a fundraising dinner dance “One hundred per cent of the proceeds will go to Emily's family to help support them and their quest for helping Emily," assures Ms Hondrakis. To purchase tickets ($69 pp) or to donate an item or service contact Liz on 0408 900 918 or via email lizah2009@hotmail. com If you are unable to donate an item/service, but wish to make a monetary contribution, you can donate directly to a fund set up in Emily's name: Account Name: Emily Desiree Boardman Karakatsanis, BSB: 193 879, Account No: 432263584, Bank of Melbourne or by visiting gofund.me/BenefitForEmily DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Liberals call for Lemnos memorial in SA Liberal Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs David Pisoni MP has called for the South Australian parliament to officially recognise the service given by Australian nurses on the Greek island of Lemnos during the Gallipoli campaign and for Greece to be acknowledged for supporting them and the Australian war effort at the military hospital there. "The Organisation of Hellene and Hellene-Cypriot Women of Australia recently commemorated the Centenary of ANZAC with their 'Memories of Lemnos and the Australian Nurses' contribution to ANZAC Centenary ceremonies at Keswick Barracks," said Shadow Employment Minister David Pisoni. "I applaud this gesture by the local Greek community and believe it appropriate that both the contribution of Australian nurses and the great support given to them by the Greek people during the Gallipoli campaign and the establishment of an Australian military hospital on Lemnos be formally recognised. "It is yet another example of the significant cultural links and strong bonds of friendship between Greece and Australia. "While there is a Second World War memorial to women service personnel on King William Street there is not one dedicated to the over 3000 nurses, many from South Australia, who volunteered for active service in the First World War, 2000 of whom served overseas. "It is proper that a permanent memorial commemorating these brave Australian women be incorporated into the proposed ANZAC walk, from the North Terrace war memorial to the Pathway of Honour, and I am seeking the parliament's support for this lasting symbol of remembrance." Mother’s Day competition: congratulations Marina! Congratulations to Marina Kolivas, who sent us this great photo of her mother Georgia and won a free dinner for two at Yiannis Tavern in Kew. Marina wrote: "My mother is my one and only. She has a big heart, filled with love and happiness, and always makes us laugh. Happy Mother's Day mum, and thanks for all you've done for us. I'll always be here if you need anything, know that I'll always love you, even if I don't say it every day." Amazingly, she says her mother was moved to tears after she saw her photo in the Greek edition of the paper. "As I didn't tell her about it, she called my office crying from joy and happiness, this has diminished any pain she is currently going through and has given her great joy even more being a mother," she wrote to Neos Kosmos. Thank you to all those who sent in photos of their mothers. You can see the full spread in Thursday's Greek edition of Neos Komsos (May 7) online at http://neoskosmos.com/news/en/digital-edition Marina Kolivas with mother Georgia.
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