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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 2 April 2016
NEWS 6 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 2 APRIL 2016 Australian Greek exservicemen pay their respects Members of the Australian Greek Ex-Servicemen's Association Inc. paid tribute to the Greek Revolution on Thursday 24 March. A service took place in East Melbourne at the Greek Orthodox Church of Evangelismos, followed by a wreath-laying ceremony at the memorial monument in Preston. Those present followed on for a ceremony hosted at the Darebin City Council's hall, including president of the association Peter Dorios and Greece's Consul General in Melbourne, Christina Simantiraki. to child sexual abuse A forum for people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds is taking place to further educate and engage the community Our society faces few challenges more pressing and important than responding to child sexual abuse, but very often the system fails to address the matter. Among the problems is the difficulty in defining and identifying child abuse, but also the cultural barriers presented in diverse communities such as Australia’s in order to effectively tackle the issue. The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has been doing extensive research into the way that institutions such as schools, churches, sports clubs and government organisations have responded to allegations and instances of child sexual abuse. Finding out where systems have failed to protect children, the Royal Commission then makes recommendations on how to improve laws, policies and practice. To further educate and engage communities, the Royal Commission is organising a multicultural forum for peo- DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Creating effective responses ple of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds in Melbourne. The Forum will take place at 6.00 pm on Tuesday 12 April at the Treasury Theatre (Lower Plaza, 1 Macarthur Street, East Melbourne). Its main aim is to inform culturally and linguistically diverse communities about the work of the Royal Commission, what has been learnt so far, and listen to ideas on how to ensure a safer future for children. "It is important for the Greek community especially those who work in child care centres, schools, work in church groups or sporting groups to attend this forum," said advocates Varvara Ioannou, founder and chair of the Food for Thought Network, and Maria Dimopoulos, managing director of Myriad Consultants. "It's therefore really important for us to become familiar with our state legislation and definition of child abuse and neglect and in this instance, sexual abuse." Anyone wishing to participate should contact the Royal Commission by sending an email to the address firstname.lastname@example.org by Tuesday 5 April. The same email address should be used to send questions and comments. During the forum, Justice Jennifer Coate will provide an overview of the Royal Commission's work and will invite questions and comments; Royal Commission staff will be on hand on the day to support people who wish to contribute. The Australian Embassy in Greece invites Merimna families to the theatre President Peter Dorios paying his respects. PHOTOS: KOSTAS DEVES. Greece’s Consul General in Melbourne, Christina Simantiraki laying a wreath at the monument in Preston. The Greek Orthodox Church to offer aid for Greece Tray-passing to take place in all churches in Australia A new initiative is being undertaken by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia, as a means to assist Greece in coping with the ongoing refugee crisis that has further worsened the plight of the country. In his message to all the temples of the Archdiocese, Archbishop Stylianos explains how "our church could not remain indifferent" to the humanitarian crisis challenging our homeland and calls for drastic action, asking churchgoers to offer items of clothing, food and money. To this end, on Sunday 10 April an offering tray will be passed around among the congregation in all the churches of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia, to collect funds for the Archdiocese of Athens' NGO Apostoli (Mission). The Archdiocese also urges the congregation to bring clothing and food (especially dry or canned) which will be packed and placed in a container, in order to be sent to three major Athensbased charity organisations: Hatzikyriakio Childcare Institution, Kivotos tou kosmou, and Hamogelo tou paidiou (The Smile of the Child). Anyone wishing to assist this effort is advised to contact their local church. For more information visit www.greekorthodox.org.au The Australian Ambassador to Greece John Griffin and his partner Pakapat Thipayaprapai invited 30 young children supported by the Merimna NGO and their adult carers to the theatre on Sunday 27 March 2016. Mr Griffin and Mr Thipayaprapai and distinguished members of Merimna's board, along with theatre director Tatiana Ligari and the playwriter Emmie Sini, met with the children and listened to their parents' concerns before the performance. The children enjoyed watch- ing Two Stubborn Spoons (Δύο Ξεροκέφαλες Κουτάλες), an interactive play about friendship, respect of differences and the importance of working together, staged by the Theatre Group Kopernikos at the Railway Carriage Theatre (Το Τρένο στο Ρουφ). The Australian government first became acquainted with Merimna when acclaimed Australian film maker Mike Hill and his wife Sue Collins came to Greece to meet children and their families living with terminal illness. The duo helped produce a life-affirming short film under the Little Stars series by Moonshine Movies. Filmed in Australia, Greece, USA, South Africa, Italy, Malaysia, UK, Jordan, Russia, India and (L-R) Ambassador Griffin with members of the play’s cast and Tatiana Ligari, Emmie Sini, Pakapat Thipayaprapai and Kallia Armaganidou. Germany, the documentary is currently undergoing editing, while funds are being sought for its final cut and release. To find out more about the work of the Merimna Society, please visit www.merimna. org.gr/en For information on the ‘Little Stars’ Greece, visit www.littlestars.tv/news/childrens-pal-liative-care-greece or contact the Australian Embassy's Public Diplomacy Officer at bella. email@example.com Ambassador Griffin greets the young guests. The ambassador’s partner Mr Thipayaprapai welcoming the children.
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