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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 03 March 2018
NEWS 4 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 3 MARCH 2018 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Fronditha Care raising awareness and funds for dementia The aged care provider will be hosting a 3XY Radiothon on 17 and 18 March to raise funds for their memory support units With an ageing population comes greater demand for aged care, and, with people diagnosed with dementia predicted to rise by 30 per cent in the next seven years, that also goes for specialised care. A debilitating and terminal condition, dementia robs people of their memory and changes their behaviour significantly. In a bid to step up to the challenge, Froditha Care will be hosting a radiothon on 3XY this month to raise much needed funds for the reconstruction of their memory support units in Clayton South and St Albans that cater to the elderly with severe dementia. "Unfortunately it is becoming so prevalent in the ageing community that demand for specialised dementia care is far exceeding supply," said Fronditha Alphington Grammar students with their teacher Toula Terezaki participating in the Speak Greek in March campaign last year. PHOTO: FACEBOOK (SPEAK GREEK IN MARCH) Time to Speak Greek in March The campaign is on for the fourth consecutive year, with this year’s theme the Greek language, exploring issues of relevance in greater depth throughout the month March has rolled around for another year, and with it too the Speak Greek in March campaign. Now in its fourth year, the popular Melbourne-originated campaign is once again setting out to encourage people to initiate, develop, and implement activities that promote the use of the Greek language within their own fields. To maintain people's interest throughout the month in a bid to achieve the campaign's desired outcome, each year organisers select a topic of focus with activities for each day of March. In 2017 it was countries from the Hellenic diaspora covering all five continents, and this year it is the Greek language itself. "We will be exploring in greater depth issues of relevance to the Greek lan- guage," revealed Christina Despoteris, secretary of the Speak Greek in March campaign. "Topics such as the history of the Greek language and contribution to other languages; why the retention of the Greek language is important in the diaspora? How can students from Greece help in this retention?" Some of her suggestions include establishing a sister-school relationship, and playing games, with a big focus on technology such as app development, social media, and regular Skype interactions to help students learn Greek. A number of schools and community organisations have jumped on board this year, with a range of initiatives organised. Among them, organisation 'ENA' is sponsoring two scholarships to be awarded to Greek students to assist in their learning of the language. NUGAS, as in previous years, will be taking part sharing activities via its website and social media channels to engage tertiary students; and Omiros College Greek Language & Cultural School is organising activities for students. Alphington Grammar School, which is fittingly hosting its sisterschool, the First Junior High School from Voula, Athens, will be putting on a session for students to exchange ideas about the Greek language. Meanwhile the Federation of Greek Elderly Organisations will be hosting a meeting on Friday 9 March to discuss how grandparents can contribute to the learning of Greek. "We believe that learning another language enhances one's competence in his or her primary language," explains Ms Despoteris. "As language and culture are interrelated, retaining our mother tongue will strengthen our ability to maintain our cultural identity in multicultural Australia. It will also benefit Australia, as multilingualism in our globalised world is acknowledged to have cultural, educational and trade advantages." For more information on how to get involved in the Speak Greek in March campaign and to keep up-to-date with developments through the month, visit speakgreekinmarch. com/ or on Facebook @SpeakGreekInMarch where you can show your support by adding the logo and slogan to your Facebook profile photo. PHOTO: FACEBOOK (MARIA VAMVAKINOU MP) Care's CEO George Lekakis AO. Designed in collaboration with Alzheimer's Australia, Fronditha Care's new memory support units will be unique. Built to foster a calm environment, they will be fitted with visual memory cues to help residents get around the facility with 50 beds in Clayton and 30 in St Albans. The radiothon will be hosted on 3XY Radio Hellas, with every donation read live during the broadcast. Fronditha Care has been providing aged care services for people of Greek and multicultural heritage for more than 40 years in Victoria and NSW. To make a donation to Fronditha Care's radiothon on 17-18 March, call (03) 9552 4100. MP Maria Vamvakinou to celebrate the women of Calwell on International Women’s Day In a celebration of the area’s cultural diversity and to celebrate the women who come from various walks of life in her constituency, Federal Member for Calwell Maria Vamvakinou will be co-hosting an International Women's Day morning tea on Thursday 8 March. The event will recognise the newly-arrived migrant and refugee women who have settled in the area, and pay tribute to the migrant women who have mentored the women into the community, while also acknowledging the tireless efforts of community workers welcoming these women and their families to their new home. The morning tea is being co-hosted with the Good Samaritan Primary School and Roxburgh Park Football Club who have made conscious efforts to be inclusive and help to create harmonious communities in Calwell. On the day, each woman in attendance will be given a greeting card from the Museum of Australian Democracy's latest exhibition ‘The Gift: Art, Artefacts and Arrivals’ to write a message of hope to the new migrants who will soon call Australia home. The International Women's Day morning tea will take place on Thursday 8 March in the Main Hall, Good Samaritan Primary School (1-29 Southern Cross Dr, Roxburgh Park, VIC) from 10.00 - 11.00 am. To RSVP email penni.pappas@ aph.gov.au or call (03) 9367 5216.
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