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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 10 October 2015
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 10 OCTOBER 2015 9 NEWS Students honour WWII Greek campaign School competition winners announced For the sixth year in a row, the Australian Hellenic Memorial Foundation called on students of all ages to participate in an open competition and submit their works of art or writing inspired by the WWII Greek campaign. More than 300 entries were submitted by Friday 12 September, while last Sunday an award ceremony took place at the historical site located in Domain Gardens. Winners were announced in front of a large crowd of teachers, their fellow students, and family members. Cash prizes from $50 to $250 were awarded, while all contestants received a Certificate of Participation and a badge. The purpose of the annual competition held by the Australian Memorial Foundation is to commemorate all Australian and Greek soldiers who fought side by side during WWII. "We wish to thank all who participated, over 300 students, the schools, sponsors, and Mr George Kavouklis, for supporting through the Educational Affairs of the Greek Consul Generals Office", president Steve Kyritsis OAM said on behalf of the Australian Hellenic Memorial Foundation. THE PRIZEWINNING STUDENTS Jorges Andriopoulos Lucas Emmanouil Jamie Xenos Alexander Gardiner George Nikolitsis Alyssa Angelis Alexandros Pilalides Marcus Sideridis Zoe Vlahos Allegra Curnow Emma Sideridis Rafaella Nerouppos Victoria Turewicz Phoenix Kostoulias Athan Vlahogiannis Floria Takos Ephea Harisis Brigitta Poulos Olympia Tsirtsakis Demi Drakopoulos Christiana Karasavidis Katerina Tsaousis Christina Katatrioti Nikolaos Floros Anastasia Moutsos Eirini Souli Celebrating the Cypriot heritage in Sunshine New book presents history of Melbourne’s Cypriot community A new book will present the history of the Cypriot Greek Orthodox Community of St Andrews in Sunshine, in Melbourne's west. The book was written by author Georgia Georgiou-Yianni, a director at the Community's school and will be unveiled by Dr Maria Herodotou on November 8 at 3.30 pm at the Community's facilities at 100 Forrest Street, West Sunshine. In the prologue, Georgiou- Yianni says the community has always aimed to preserve its culture from the outset of migration. "Following the influx of Greeks in Australia, especially in Melbourne, communities established their own organisations in an effort to help newly-arrived migrants with their basic needs - like finding housing and employment. "The communities aimed to preserve national identity. The maintenance of the Greek and Cypriot cultures extended beyond setting up communities, to building schools and churches. This is reflected in the establishment of the Cyprus Greek Orthodox Community St Andrews in Sunshine." Winning students of the 2015 competition at the Australian Hellenic Memorial. Melbourne's western suburbs, particularly Sunshine, are closely linked to the organisation, whose presence has so far been felt in the region, more than any other ethnic group - with its more colloquial reference as a 'Cypriot suburb'. Cypriots have contributed to the development of the region. The establishment of the Community and the establishment of the St. Andrews church is a remarkable example of the Greek Cypriot diaspora and migration into Australia, and their integration in the broader context of the Greek diaspora. The aims of the founding members of the Cypriot community are not too dissimilar from those of other community organisations. However, its emphasis on Cyprus shows distinctiveness in terms of Greek identity. That sentiment is displayed through the St Andrews church with its organisation of festivals and events based on Cypriot culture. The organisation's name change from what was originally the Greek Cypriot Orthodox Community of St Andrews to the Cypriot Greek Orthodox Community of St Andrews further displays that identity dilemma. For the Cypriots of Sunshine, their community is defined as one belonging to Cyprus, but also to the wider Greek community. Within the first gen- eration of Cypriot migrants, there is a link with the wider Greek community - through national and cultural ties - but it becomes more distinct throughout the second generation (and beyond) to one focussed on Cypriot culture. Consistent with the views of theorists, important factors that determine the identity of a group is religion, language, culture and the common ancestry, which have been sought to be passed onto second generation Cypriots. The Community's cultural events are of a socio-religious nature and link with those taking place in Cyprus. Its school, apart from Greek language and Greek cultural aspects, particularly emphasises the history, geography and culture of Cyprus. A greater emphasis is given to celebrating Cypriot celebrations through Greek and Cypriot symbolism. GOCSA celebrates 85 years Jamie Xenos’ drawing, inspired by the friendship developed between Greek and Australian soldiers. South Australia's Olympic Hall was transformed last month to celebrate the Greek Orthodox Community of South Australia's (GOCSA) 85th anniversary. Founded and formed by a handful of Greeks in 1930, the organisation became a much-needed meeting point for Greek migrants. Jorges Andriopoulos’ artwork captioned ‘We appreciate the past and express our hopes for a peaceful and joyful future. The celebration took place on 26 September and was attended by 350 guests, including mayor of Charles Sturt Council, Angela Keneally, and Roula Soumas, president of the Greek Women's Society Taxiarchis. Community president Bill Gonis OAM officially opened the event with a speech recognising the tireless contribution of its members to education, religion, aged care, community care and migration. "For a long period of time Marking 85 years of community service: (L-R) Ioannis Triantafilidis, Manolis Koutelas, Evangelos Bogias, Chloe Germanos-Kourakis, Elli Speis, general secretary Andrew Stathopoulos, president Bill Gonis (OAM), Mary Gazecimeon, Metropolitan of South Australia Bishop Chrisostom, Reverend Father Andreas Kollas, Reverend Father Ioannis Konidaris, Reverend Father Nikolaos Fourtounis, Dimitrios Dimopoulos and vice president Peter Piros. after the GOCSA was established, it was the only peak Greek community organisation founded to serve all Greeks from all areas of Greece, and also the broader Greek Australian community. "The Community in Franklin Street was well-established and well-versed in provid- ing both financial assistance and advice in relation to work and accommodation, as well as Greek schools for the children of the newly migrated," Mr Gonis said. He went on to acknowledge George Tramoundanas, a farmer based near Elliston on the west coast, as "the first 'official' Greek to settle in South Australia in 1842". Ismini Spiroglou, president of the Community's cultural committee, followed with her speech during which she said it was a great privilege to be an active and involved member of organisation. After cutting the cake, guests enjoyed dinner along with live entertainment by the Trio Zorba band and performances by the Community's dance academy.
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