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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 29 April 2017
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 29 APRIL 2017 5 NEWS "The heartwarming welcome and love we received from the moment we arrived in Adelaide, combined with Bishop Nikandros’ words, who spoke so highly of Greece and us, the Evzones, brought tears to my eyes; what the world witnessed was the culmination of all the emotions I have accumulated from the day I joined the Evzones until now,” said 25-year-old Evzonas Konstantinos Lousias in an exclusive interview with Theodora Maios. "I was nine years old when my parents took me to see the Evzones at Syntagma Square in Athens. As soon as I saw them standing strong and proud in front of the Greek Parliament, I told my mother that one day I would be one myself,” says Konstantinos who originates from the little village of Gavria, just outside of Arta. "The positive energy, the pure love and the warmth we all experienced from the people in Australia will stay embedded in our hearts forever.” "I stand, and will continue to stand, proud until the end of my service honouring my homeland and every soldier who gave their life in the past so that we can all be free today.” significant proportion of its 400 students possessing a Greek background. Maria Rallis, President of the school’s Parents & Citizens Association, told Neos Kosmos that it was an opportunity for "students and their families to see up close the impressively synchronised military march of the soldiers wearing the traditional uniform comprised of a foustanella – made from over 30 metres of fabric and featuring 400 pleats as well as the tsarouchia – red clogs with black pompoms that weigh over three kilos each and include over 60 nails on the base which serve to simulate the sound of battle during the movement of the Evzone! We are grateful to the Hellenic Club and our local Member of Parliament, Sophie Cotsis, for helping to make this happen." "It is an honour to be in- volved in arranging this unique cultural event for the students," school principal, Georgia Constanti said, prior to the event. "It will be a wonderful welcome back surprise for them on their first day back at school for the second term." The Evzones joined the Allied Forces for the Anzac Day march and formed a Guard of Honour at the Martin Place Cenotaph on Friday, something they will repeat today as well. "It is an incredible honour and privilege that the Evzones are once again in Australia," Mr Arthur Balagiannis of the Hellenic Club Sydney told Neos Kosmos. The defence of Greece by the Hellenic forces, Anzacs and other Commonwealth troops is recognised by historians as one of the major contributions to the Second World War, significantly delaying the Nazis' invasion of Russia: - 8,900 Anzac prisoners of war were captured in Greece, representing 83 per cent of the Australian soldiers captured by the Nazis during the Second World War. - 646 Anzacs are buried or memorialised in Greece – 50 per cent of whom are memorialised at the Athens Memorial, as their bodies were not recovered. - It is estimated that there are over 1,500,000 people in Australia today who are connected to the Battle of Crete, either as descendants of Anzacs who fought, or Australians of Greek heritage whose families were affected by the event. The Evzones will also be present at services today at St Ioannis at Parramatta, and on Sunday 30 April at Kogarah, followed by a visit to St Basil's Nursing Home and will attend a function hosted by the Ladies Auxiliary of the St George Parish, Rose Bay on Saturday 29 April at the Sofitel Hotel. The Auxiliary will be honouring the guards at what will be their 55th Anniversary gala dinner dance. The Greek National Guard is scheduled to visit a number of schools, including All Saints Grammar, Belmore, St Spyridon College, St Euphemia College, and Bankstown Public School. They will stay in Australia until Tuesday 2 May before they depart for Greece. On Monday 24 April, representatives of the Melbourne University Greek Association (MUnGA) visited one of the oldest Greek schools in Melbourne, St Vasilios in Brunswick. The committee donated a TV set and five Greekto-English and English-toGreek Oxford dictionaries to the students. During the visit they stressed the importance of Greek language teaching as a means of preserving the Hellenic identity in younger diaspora generations. The MUnGA committee is: Jordan Moshcovitis - President, Nicholas Tzoutzidis - Vice President, Stylianos Nikias - Secretary, Perry Athanasopoulos - Media officer, SALON 1 / George Megalogenis: Australian values George Megalogenis is regarded as one of Australia's most widely respected and most rigorous thinkers on the political and economic factors that shape Australia's past, present, and future. George is an author and journalist with three decades' experience in the media. While the Australian political discussion is at an impasse, with climate change, housing affordability, infrastructure, and public health looming as the defining issues of our times, the country's economy stands ready in one of the world's strongest positions to drive towards our next direction. And yet, instead of harnessing that potential to est iteration of that anxiety opening an unexpected discussion about Australian values. "What are the Australian values?," Megalogenis asks. "Would defining them help us to overcome that impasse? And what might a future Australia look like that we could all value?" meet our future challenges, our political leaders remain distracted by internal conflicts that play out publicly as anxieties about cultural difference and the future of immigration, with the lat- George Megalogenis is in conversation with Esther Anatolitis on Sunday 7 May from 4.00 - 6.00 pm at the Neapoli Wine Bar (30 Russell Pl, Melbourne). Limited copies of George’s books including Australia’s Second Chance will be available for sale. To book, go to trybooking. com/book/event?eid=278045 MUnGA committee makes donation to help preserve the continuation of Greek language teaching Members of the MUnGA committee with school principal Olga Antonaki. Pamela Papadopoulos - National Union of Greek Students (NUGAS) representative, Jasmine Mesourouni - Cultural Affiliations officer, Yiorgios Yiappos - treasurer. The MUnGA general committee: Alexan- der Vounisios, Irini Levou, John Papaemmanouil, Artemis Sferoundakis, Theana Bethavas, Arthur Gioulekas, Alexandros Yiappos, Jaeger Konidaris, Natasha Psaras, Kristen Politis, Ioanna Yiappos. VMC looking for regional advisory councils - expressions of interest now open The Victorian Multicultural Commission (VMC) is seeking expressions of interest from community members, businesses, service providers, and local government to become members of its Regional Advisory Councils. A unique opportunity to promote Victoria's diversity is now open in representing each of the following eight regions in Victoria: north and west metropolitan, eastern metropolitan and southern metropolitan, Barwon south west, Grampians, Loddon Mal- lee, Hume, and Gippsland. Regional Advisory Councils are integral to how the VMC continues to act as a primary conduit to government with, for, and on behalf of multicultural communities across Victoria. Members are not only strong advocates for their communities, but can directly inform the commission on matters of multicultural affairs, settlement, service delivery, and citizenship issues, and assist in promoting the benefits of diversity in their local areas. The Victorian Multicultural Commission strongly encourages people from culturally, linguistically, and religiously diverse backgrounds including refugees and asylum seekers, and people over the age of 16 to apply. The term of appointment is for a period of two years, 1 July 2017 – 30 June 2019. Expressions of interest close Friday 19 May. Interested applicants can find more information and application details at multicultural.vic. gov.au/regional-advisorycouncils/about-rac.
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