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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 10 March 2018
NEWS 6 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 10 MARCH 2018 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Greek community rallies to help those less fortunate in time for Easter PHOTOS: KOSTA DEVES Hellenic Women’s Cultural Association celebrates IWD On Sunday 4 March, the Hellenic Women's Cultural Association held a very successful function to celebrate International Women's Day, which is held annually on 8 March around the world to celebrate the milestones of women's achievements, and right to participate as equal partners in the economic and political spheres, and to remember our sisters who are still exploited and treated as second-class citizens due to their gender in other parts of the world. Lia Zaparas, was the guest speaker at the function, and spoke on the role of women in the 21st century and the tightrope of balancing career and family' as professional career women, partners, and mothers. She gave many examples of the exploitation of girls and women in areas of Africa and the Middle East, where girls might be treated poorly and have impedences to education and business. She mentioned the sacri- fices she had to make while her children were growing up and were looked after by her parents and in-laws while she was completing her degrees and trying to grow their legal practice with her husband. Like many working mums she felt guilty leaving her children to go to work. Balancing career and family was not stress-free, but having family willing to lend a hand helped, and empowered her children to love their grandparents and to follow in their parents’ footsteps, as all her three children are now lawyers, working in the family firm. The function, held by Pnevmatiki Estia at Lemnos Tavern, was attended by women and many supportive husbands and partners, which goes to show success is achieved and celebrated when both genders work together to achieve equality and justice. Would like to help your community? The NSW Health Promotion Service for Older People is looking for volunteers Are you a resident of NSW, aged 50 or over and interested in health issues? Would you like to help your community? The Combined Pensioners and Superannuants Association of NSW (CPSA’s) Health Promotion Service for Older People (HPSOP) need volunteers who can speak, read, and write English and Greek well. The volunteers will deliver free health information sessions to Greek communities in their local areas around central Sydney, Illawarra-Shoalhaven, the Central Coast, Hunter, Camden, Richmond and Blue Mountains areas. Full training will be provided through adult education and health training facilitators. Volunteers will receive presentation skills and working with an interpreter train- ing. They will also receive training on various health topics for the information sessions being provided. No previous training or experience is required and all training will be provided free. All costs incurred in carrying out volunteering will be reimbursed by the service. Volunteering in HPSOP is very flexible and should not affect other commitments the volunteers may have. If you are interested, please call Habib or Estelle on (02) 8836 2146 or 1800 451 488 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications close on 5 June 2018. *Health Promotion Service for Older People is funded by the NSW Ministry of Health and provides free health information sessions in English and multicultural communities. Students from the 1st Voula Junior High School in Athens visit sister school Alphington Grammar Four years ago Christina Despoteris initiated an e-twinning relationship between Alphington Grammar School in Melbourne and the 1st Junior High School in Voula Athens via the program 'Voula/Melbourne – Building Bridges across Continents'. "The project is based on a computer program whereby the students write text, make videos, and upload them and generally communicate by computer," Ms Despoteris tells Neos Kosmos. "The Alphington students visited Athens and their sis- ter school in September 2016. I was delighted to be able to be with the students on that trip. Also, I arranged for the Australian ambassador to Greece to launch the second phase of the program at the school." It was only recently that the students from Athens got the approval from the Greek Ministry of Education to visit Melbourne. Their visit will last for a week; from Monday 12 March till Tuesday 20 March. A group of 22 junior highschool students and three accompanying female staff members, including the Principal will be in Melbourne for a week, during which they will follow a full program attending classes at Alphington. The group of 25 will also go on two-day trips – one along the Great Ocean Road, the other to Puffing Billy – and visit the Shrine of Remembrance, the Greek Memorial, the Lemnos Memorial, and the Immigration and Hellenic Museums. The guests will be hosted by the Greek Community of Melbourne and the Greek Community of Dandenong. During this short but taskpacked visit, they will also visit the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, have morning tea at Parliament House and go on a river cruise. The Australian Institute of Macedonian Studies will also host an event for the students. "They are all very enthusiastic about their proposed trip Down Under," adds Ms Despoteris. "I will accompany the students to most venues; we have planned an amazing itinerary." All donations of non-perishable items and toys are welcome. The Greek Welfare Centre is coordinating a Food Hamper and Toy Appeal for Greek Australian families struggling at this time of year Whether one considers themselves religious or not, there's no denying the Christian spirit that abounds around the holiday season – and that is the spirit of giving. With Easter fast approaching, the Greek Welfare Centre has joined forces with the Greek Orthodox Parishes of Victoria and Oakleigh Grammar to run a Food Hamper and Toy Appeal. With the generous donations, the centre will put together hampers with the essentials and deliver them to members of the community who are in need of some extra assistance in time for Easter. For health and practical reasons, only non-perishable food items that are in date can be accepted. Examples include oil, pasta, rice, coffee, tea, sugar, biscuits, canned food, sauces, flour, and spices. Toys are also welcome, preferably in new, or as close to new condition as possible to ensure a positive experience for the children receiving them. At the forefront of organising and coordinating appeals at Christmas and Easter, the Greek Welfare Centre is calling upon the Greek Australian community once again, including businesses, to show filotimo by contributing as much as they can. "The more we collect, the more we are able to distribute through our volunteer network to disadvantaged Greek Australian families in Metropolitan Melbourne," the centre urged. Donations can be dropped off from today until Sunday 25 March at any Greek Orthodox parish across Victoria, or at the Greek Welfare Centre at the Holy Monastery of Axion Estin (7 Hartington St, Northcote, VIC). For more information, contact Edmond Kaderoglou on (03) 9486 6588.
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