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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 16 January 2016
NEWS 10 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 16 JANUARY 2016 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Cretan youth stirs enthusiasm Cretan Glendi a highlight of the 37th National Convention of the Cretan Federation of Australia and New Zealand held in Melbourne Young Greek Australians of Cretan origin were in the spotlight of the 37th National Convention of the Cretan Federation of Australia and New Zealand, which was held in Melbourne and concluded earlier this week. Their dance group performances, their zealous participation in the event and their overall conduct impressed all participants, who attested that Cretans in Oceania are doing a great job of keeping younger generations involved in keeping traditions alive. Hosted by the Cretan Brotherhood of Melbourne and Victoria, in conjunction with the Pancretan Association of Melbourne, the six-day event featured meetings, talks, tours, participation in the Epiphany celebration - and a series of joyous parties. The annual convention is an opportunity for members of the Cretan community to meet, discuss and collaborate on a range of important issues, but also to form new friendships and renew old ones. Attending the convention was the Consul General of Greece in Melbourne Christina Simantiraki, Bishops Ezekiel and Iakovos, as well as the current president of the World Council of Cretans, Mr Emmanuel Velivasakis, from New York. The highlight of the meeting was the Cretan Glendi that took place on Saturday at the Cretan Village (90 Cathies lane, Wantirna South), with a performance by Giorgos & Nikos Stratakis, featuring Dimitris Zografakis. Presidents of the Cretan Brotherhood of Melbourne and Victoria and of the Pancretan Association, with the musicians that played at the Cretan Glendi. The end of an era for iconic Greek restaurant Located in the Rundle Street precinct since 1995, Eros Ouzeri, one of the most iconic restaurants in Adelaide's East End, has closed its doors after 20 years of operation. Owner George Michail, who purchased the restaurant in 2007 from restaurateur Jim Dimitropoulos, ceased trading after going into liquidation. A notice displayed on the business' front door confirms that the lease of the premises has been terminated as a result of unpaid rent. Greek Australian restaurateur Jim Dimitropoulos opened Eros Ouzeri in 1995 alongside Eros Kafe, which he still owns and continues to operate successfully as a family business. According to local press, landlord Steve Maras, of Maras Group, confirmed that the Eros Ouzeri premises went up for lease earlier this week, and that they are now looking to secure a highquality operator to deliver a restaurant similar to the already existing venues in the East End of the Rundle Street precinct. He also confirmed that the news has no relevance to Eros Kafé. Young Greek Australians of Cretan origin who joined in the celebrations impressed all convention participants. Greek community to celebrate Australia Day To celebrate Australia Day, an event has been scheduled for Sunday 24 January at the picturesque Coburg Park Lake. Organised by The Federation of Greek Elderly Citizens Clubs of Melbourne and Victoria, in conjunction with 3XY Radio Hellas, the Greek Australian community event is taking place for the sixth year running, The national holiday is an opportunity for members of the Greek and wider Australian community to celebrate the past achievements of the Greek community across the nation and to give thanks for the good fortune of living Down Under. More than 5,000 people are expected to attend this year's event, including a number of federal and state government representatives, the local mayor and other dignitaries yet to be named. Over $20,000 raised for Greek children’s charity A generous donation of $20,300 has been made to Greek charity Hamogelo Tou Paidiou (Smile of the Child) thanks to the philanthropy shown by members of Melbourne's Greek Australian community. The funds were raised through a charity event organised by Betty Athanasakis and Mary Taktikou. Held last month at the PanLaconian Brotherhood, more than 250 people showed their generosity in attending the event. The money transfer was made electronically on Wednesday 30 December, 2015, and will go a long way towards helping to strengthen the organisation in its endeavour to provide care and support services to underprivileged children. The third charity event to be organised by the pair, following the overwhelming response, both Ms Athanasakis and Ms Taktikou have said they would like to make the charity event a staple on the community's calendar, preparing to host it annually. On the day there will be live music performances and Greek folk dancing for people of all ages to enjoy.
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