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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 13 January 2018
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 13 JANUARY 2018 21 NEWS Ali Kitinas PHOTO: SUPPLIED Greek Australian teenager nominated for Young Australian of the Year THEODORA MAIOS Considered to be Australia’s youngest Chief Executive Officer, having successfully launched two businesses in Australia all while still attending high school, it is not surprising that Greek Australian teenager Alessandra (Ali) Kitinas has been nominated for the Young Citizen of the Year Award. “I am honoured and grateful to have been considered and nominated for such an award,” Ali told Neos Kosmos. “I am proud to be able to represent my peers and shed light on the issues affecting the youth of today while doing good for the community and helping others, especially those less fortunate than most, to shed light on the forgotten and overlooked, and raise awareness and action for the increasing number of teenagers that are becoming homeless daily,” explained the Sydney-based entrepreneur who was nominated by a member of the newly amalgamated Inner West Council in New South Wales. Traditionally one award is offered in each category, in each Council and State. The winners are announced each year on Australia Day, 26 January. Each of the awards are given in recognition of people who have provided outstanding service for the welfare of the general community. “My mission is to be the voice for those that cannot speak for themselves and raise both awareness and funding for organisations that support these initiatives and if my nomination can raise further funding and awareness, then I feel that I have served my community with dignity and compassion,” Ali said. “We are all equal. The homeless do not choose to be homeless, the youth do not choose to be victims of dysfunctional families or the loss of employment or home. Every community member has the right to be treated equally and as a valued member of society,” said the young businesswoman who last year also spoke at an International Women’s Day event as a young advocate for women’s rights. Her activism was further acknowledged following her campaign to raise funds and awareness for the homeless at last year’s Vinnies CEO Sleepout. Ali, who originates from the islands of Lemnos and Kastelorizo, launched her first social media marketing agency, aptly named Outside The Square (O.T.S), at the age of 11 whilst her second business, threeyear-old company Freedom Scrub Foundation, produces ethically sourced body scrubs made from recycled coffee grounds with a portion of its proceeds going towards helping impoverished and war-stricken children from Rwanda to Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) through the HOPE Foundation. “The idea of me setting up my first business was fuelled when my mother had a really bad corporate experience and I witnessed the pressure and struggles she went through during that difficult time. “At a very young age for most, I decided that I wanted to be my own boss so that I don’t have to depend on anyone and be financially secure by standing on my own two feet. Although school and work are my main priorities, at the same time I believe that our community is our extended family, therefore, we need to be consciously active and vocal to assist those that have no-one to support them or cannot speak for themselves. “I want to be there for those people in need and do what I can to give them better opportunities in life.” Two Greek museums vie for prestigious European award The European Museum of the Year Awards are set to be held in May, with a possible Greek win The prestigious awards, EMYA, recognising excellence in the European museum sector has seen two museums in Greece, The Archaeological Museum of Thebes and the Diachronic Museum of Larissa are nominated in a list of 40 other cultural heavyweights. The museum in Thebes houses artefacts representing millennia of continuous human activity in Boeotia. In Larissa, the Diachronic Museum is home to archaeological Byzantine, Palaeolithic and Neolithic finds. According to EMYA the award is “given to a museum which contributes most directly to attract- ing audiences and satisfying visitors with a unique atmosphere, imaginative interpretation and presentation, a creative approach to education and social responsibility.” They said past winners all developed something special and changed the standards of quality in all museums within Europe such as the 2017 winner, The Museum of Ethnography in Geneva, Switzerland, which received the EMYA trophy, The Egg, by Henry Monroe. Winners will be announced at the EMYA Award ceremony during the annual assembly of the European Museum Forum in Warsaw, Poland, 9-12 May.
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