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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 14 May 2016
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 14 MAY 2016 9 NEWS Fronditha Care Radiothon smashes all previous records Thanks to the community’s generosity, the notfor-profit charity event raised over $650,000 broadcasters presented a live program that saw phones ringing nonstop from callers with donations, while others chose to make their financial contributions in person at the radiothon headquarters. Also participating in the event Fronditha Care's Radiothon annual fundraiser has surpassed all expectations, breaking every record in the organisation's history with an impressive $671,300 result. The leading not-for-profit aged care provider that services those of Greek and culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, held its two-day charity event last weekend. Commencing on Saturday 7 May at 9.00am, and drawing to a close at 9.00pm on Sunday 8 May, 3XY radio were the Victorian Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos MP; television personality and journalist George Donikian; state member for Oakleigh Steven Demopoulos MP; Delphi Bank's business development manager, Paul Orfanos and renowned Greek singer Antonis Remos. The highlight, however, was an impressive donation of $500,000 from Fronditha Care's major donors Nick and Anna Vournazos, which will go towards the redevelopment of the organisation's original facility in Clayton, 'Pronia', built in the 1970s. A joint donation of $30,000 from the Freemasons Foundation Victoria Ltd and Gregorios Lodge 865 will also help make the refurbishment of the St Albans residential aged care facility a reality. Overwhelmed by the positive response, Fronditha Care CEO George Lekakis attributed the great achievement to the dedication and commitment of those involved in the event's organisation and the generosity of those who donated. "The success of the radiothon was a result of the hard work of 3XY Greek Media Group staff, the devotion of the staff and volunteers, 3XY, Nikos and Anna Vournazos, and of course the tremendous support from the Greek community who generously donated towards the cause," he said. PHOTO: FRONDITHA CARE. Powers of attorney information session Australian Greek Welfare Society helps you plan for the future NELLY SKOUFATOGLOU Choosing the right powers of attorney and the right people to appoint is important, as these are legal documents that let someone nominate another person who can make decisions for them. The decisions of someone who has power of attorney will have the same legal force as if the person who appointed them had made them, which is why it is essential to know what this act entails. A project that aims to increase the understanding and use of enduring powers of attorney in Victoria's culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities is being introduced by the Office of the Public Advocate (OPA) as part of Law Week 2016. A powers of attorney information session especially for the Greek community will take place on Friday 20 May at the Australian Welfare Society (AGWS) headquarters. "Powers of attorney are very common among members of the Greek community," AGWS coordinator of Family and Community Services Unit Dimitra Lagoudaki tells Neos Kosmos. "Unfortunately, not enough information is provided in Greek for the older members of the community and their carers. The Widows and the Dear Departed to be launched This Sunday will see the launch of The Widows and the Dear Departed, by Greek writer Ekaterini Mpaloukas. An insightful read, the book is made up of a series of small vignettes based on widows the writer met while in Greece, accompanied with illustrations by Christos Avramoudas. With the original written in Greek, the text has been made accessible in English for a broader range of readers thanks to translator Konstandina Dounis. To mirror the bilingualism of the two texts, the event will be run in both English and Greek. Organised by Pisces Publishing together with the Hellenic Writers' Association of Australia and the Greek Australian Cultural League of Melbourne, the launch is set to take place at Melbourne's Greek Centre. FFV business luncheon a hit The Football Federation of Victoria (FFV) hosted its Community in Business Luncheon last Friday 6 May, attracting more than 370 guests. Presented by Electricity Wizard at White Night Receptions in Maidstone, among the A-list guests was English Premier League legend and Socceroo Harry Kewell. Also in attendance were Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Sport & Veterans, John Eren MP; Minister for Small Business, Innovation, Trade, Philip Dalidakis MP; all-time leading goal scorer Kathryn Gill Matildas; Herald Sun chief football writ- er David Davutovic; and comedian Ivan Aristeguieta, among others. Following on from the event's success, another luncheon is scheduled to take place on July 29. For more information, contact FFV general manager Anthony Grima at firstname.lastname@example.org The event will be headed by educator and researcher Panagiotis Gogidis, and president of the Modern Greek Teachers Association of Victoria Maria Dikaiou, while Nikos Piperis will officiate over proceedings. The launch will take place on Sunday 15 May at The Greek Centre, Level M, 168 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, VIC at 3.30 pm. Attendance is free. Light refreshments will be provided. "This session will explain in both Engish and Greek how to appoint enduring powers of attorney in Victoria to plan for decisions about financial, legal, personal or medical matters if you become unable to make them yourself." The project, funded by the Victoria Law Foundation, is inspired by a report of the Victorian Multicultural Commission that investigated the barriers for CALD communities in understanding and making powers of attorney. The Greek community has been selected based on 2011 Census data that shows Australian citizens of Hellenic background rank within the top three communities for numbers of people with low English proficiency in the age group 55 years and older. Joining forces with the AGWS, OPA will develop and trial a model for providing members of CALD communities with culturally sensitive powers of attorney information, and for assisting members of ethnic background to complete such acts. "The model developed will be of- fered as a pilot to members of the Greek community, ensuring there is enough information for people who either wish or need to appoint substitute decision makers," Ms La- goudaki explains. "In Australia, powers of attorney can be made online and are costfree. People need to know that they can save on solicitor fees and skip the back and forth bureaucracy." Information will be provided in English and explained by Greek translators, regarding the different types of these authorisations in Victoria and how to choose the right one for specific needs. The session will cover general powers of attorney; enduring powers of attorney; medical powers of attorney; financial and supportive powers of attorney. "Enduring powers can be used to plan for the future for when a person can't make decisions for themselves due to accident or illness," Ms Lagoudaki continues. "The general non-enduring power of attorney is mostly used for a specific purpose and a fixed period of time. It is not enduring and again, a lot of people don't know that they can terminate a power of attorney." Speakers from the OPA will also guide attendees and will explain the benefits of supportive attorney appointments, for persons able to make various decisions, provided they have support to make and act on their decisions. "If a person has a disability and cannot make decisions for themselves, the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) can appoint a guardian or administrator," she notes. "This will ensure there is a trust- worthy advocate to make personal, lifestyle, financial and legal decisions on that person's behalf." RSVP is necessary by Monday 16 May. For further information call 9388 9998 When: Friday 20 May, 10.00 am12 noon (light lunch included) On Thursday 19 May, an Open Day will take place at OPA, especially for CALD workers and ethno-specific organisations. Where: Australian Greek Welfare Society, 7 Union Street, Brunswick, VIC Εργασία Employment Ζητήσεις Positions Vacant HOUSEKEEPER/NANNY for cleaning, cooking, ironing, looking after the kids. 25 hrs. Mordialloc Area. Looking for reliable person, with no other commitments and driver licence. Call 0402 236 529.
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