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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 23 May 2015
NEWS 10 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 23 MAY 2015 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Stylianos’ 40 years of service More than 800 faithful from across Australia celebrated the milestone at an official dinner in Sydney The Greek Orthodox Community of Australia celebrated Archbishop Stylianos' 40th anniversary as the head of the church, since he was enthroned by the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. The official representative of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, Metropolitan Ambrosios of Korea, attended the dinner, reading out the Patriarch's message to the more than 800-strong audience of Greek Orthodox faithful who filled Le Montage's Sarah Grand Ballroom. Leaders and representatives of every major Orthodox jurisdiction in Australia were also present, alongside many other dignitaries who gathered to honour Archbishop Stylianos. Rev. Father Steven Scoutas and Nicholas Pappas, secretary of the Archdiocesan Council, were the MCs for the evening, conveying the action equally in Greek and English. Greek Ambassador to Australia Haris Dafaranos, Federal MP Anthony Albanese and former minister in the New South Wales government, George Souris, gave speeches following a video showing the highlights of Archbishop Stylianos' Australian service. After Archbishop Stylianos' thankyou speech, the celebration culminated with the internationally-acclaimed conductor, George Ellis, leading the Millennium Choir of the Archdiocese. *All photos courtesy of Nick Bourdaniotis from Nick Bourdo Photography. Archbishop Stylianos arrives at the official dinner at Le Montage in Sydney. George Ellis leads the Archdiocese’s Millennium Choir. MCs for the night - secretary of the Archdiocesan Council Nicholas Pappas (L) and Rev. Father Steven Scoutas. The Sarah Grand Ballroom was packed. Ovarian cancer on AHEPA’s agenda A female arm of AHEPA, Daughters of Penelope Chapter Athena No 2, held a luncheon to raise awareness and much-needed funds for the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation. The event took place last Sunday at Merrimu Re- ceptions in Murrumbeena, where two inspirational guest speakers took to the stage to share their experiences with ovarian cancer. One of the speakers, Vali Creus, battled ovarian cancer and was told that she may never experience moth- erhood. However, thanks to medical advancements, she gave birth to two healthy twin girls after she was successfully transplanted with her ovarian tissue. Helen Hatzis, OCRF Ambassador and author, was the second speaker on the day and shared her courageous story after facing five incidents of ovarian cancer in seven years. Organisers of the fundraiser were pleased with the turn out, the space brimming with women of all ages, including Greek Australian journalist and former TV presenter Helen Kapalos, who also showed her support by addressing those gathered. A world-wide philanthropic association, Daughters of Penelope are one of three AHEPA female chapters in Victoria and have extended their support to a number of charities throughout the years. All proceeds collected through the luncheon were donated directly to the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation. Helen Kapalos addresses the women gathered at the AHEPA event. Helen Kapalos with members of AHEPA Daughters of Penelope.
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