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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 25 August 2018
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 25 AUGUST 2018 9 COMMUNITY NEWS Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia raises $630,000 for victims of the Attica fires “We will always stand by our brothers and sisters,” says Bishop Nikandros of Dorylaeon THEODORA MAIOS The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia reached out to its parishioners for donations managing to raise an impressive $630,000 for the victims of the devastating wildfires in the outskirts of Eastern Attica on 23-24 July which cost the lives of 94 people. "We would like to express our warmest and heartfelt thanks to all our Greek Orthodox faithful all across Australia, for raising this extraordinary amount, which will assist our Greek brothers and sisters," stated Bishop Nikandros of Dorylaeon in a statement to Neos Kosmos. "There has been an amazing outpouring of empathy here in Australia and we are truly humbled and incredibly grateful to have witnessed such solidarity and support from our wider community. This is a great reminder that the bond between Greek Australians and our fellow countrymen remains strong and unbreakable, particularly in times of need," he added. According to the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia, the $630,000 raised will soon be distributed to the Metropolis of Kifisia and Amarousion as well as the Metropolis of Mesogaia and Lavreotiki and it will be used to set up temporary housing for those who lost their homes to the fire and for purchasing building supplies and equipment in order to rebuild some of the homes that were completely destroyed. Meanwhile, Greek Australian communities around the country are also joining forces to rally for the bushfire victims, launching urgent appeals and running radio-marathons in an attempt to collect contributions and offer assistance to those affected by the tragedy. "July 23 will go down in history as one of Greece's darkest days and it's during those times that we need to show our unity and support towards our brothers and sisters. "We would like to take this opportunity and thank you all for contributing so generously to this cause," concluded Bishop Nikandros. At the same time, President of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia Inter-Communities Council of NSW, Kosmas Dimitriou sent a letter of appreciation on behalf of His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos, Primate of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia, to Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull expressing the gratitude of all Greek Australians for the assistance provided by the Australian Emergency Services in the affected areas of the tragic bushfires that struck Greece. "We would like to extend our sincere gratitude for sending out a team of 10 Disaster Assistance Re- Photo from the memorial vigil held in Syntagma Square, a week after the devastating wildfires in Attica. PHOTO: AAP VIA AP/THANASSIS STAVRAKIS sponse Team members from Fire and Rescue NSW and Victoria Fire and Emergency Services to conduct fire impact assessments in the affected areas," he wrote. "This heartfelt gesture once again is evidence of the longstanding friendship and ties between Aus- tralia and Greece, for which we as Australians of Greek heritage remain steadfast and grateful," Mr Dimitriou concluded in his letter. Oakleigh Grammar celebrates 35th anniversary Governor of Victoria Linda Dessau AC was in attendance at the celebration (L-R) Governor of Victoria Linda Dessau AC with Evangelia Moutafi, widow of Father Nikolaos Moutafis, and Oakleigh Grammar’s principal Mark Robertson. PHOTO: KOSTAS DEVES Oakleigh Grammar, a benchmark school for the Greek Community of Oakleigh and its surrounding suburbs, celebrated its 35th year last week. The event was held in the presence of the honourable Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria, his excellency Bishop Iakovos of Miletoupolis, several members of the state government and opposition, members of the local community, the school principal and the entirety of the school community. Steve Dimopoulos MP, whose constituency is in Oakleigh, represented the government of Victoria, while the Shadow Minister of Public Transport, David Davis MP represented the Opposition. School principal, Mark Robertson and the vicepresident of the community, Chris Diamantopoulos delivered keynote speeches, both referring to the vision of the people who worked hard in the past so that today this school can be considered one of the most significant educational institutes of the area and also spoke of the work currently done at the school. A word of gratitude was given out to those who helped create the school, notably Father Nikolaos Moutafis, Konstantinos Pa- padopoulos, Athanasios Rovolidis, Dimitrios Zafeiropoulos, Vasileios Pateras, Andreas Provataris, and Nikitas Stavrinidis. The celebrations concluded on Saturday night with a dance held by the Greek Community of Oakleigh and surrounding suburbs at the Vogue function room. The dance was attended by members of the community board, school students and their parents, along with representatives of community organisations and businesses. Oakleigh Grammar was founded in 1983 thanks to the efforts of the leaders of the Greek Orthodox community and the contribution of Father Moutafis. Their vision was to create a foundation capable of housing the educational needs of the Greek Orthodox community that lived in the southeastern suburbs of Melbourne. Initially known as the Greek Orthodox College Agioi Anargyroi, the school was renamed in 2012 when it was decided that all children, regardless of cultural and religious background, would be able to attend its classes. This is a view upheld until this day, as it grants every student the opportunity to achieve their potential. Australian Multicultural Council held first meeting for current term The Australian Government's advisory body on multicultural affairs, social cohesion and integration held the inaugural meeting for its threeyear term. Chaired by Dr Sev Ozdowski, the Australian Multicultural Council (AMC) consists of 12 members of various capaci- ties within the business and civil society sphere, including Helena Kyriazopoulos, CEO of the Multicultural Communities Council of SA. Ms Kyriazopoulos has over 30 years of experience in the multicultural sector and aged care services and had also served in AMC's previ- ous term. AMC members discussed the Council's priorities for the term ending in 2021, which includes promoting Australia's shared values as well as public understanding of the country's rich cultural diversity, advancing programs and policies aimed at social cohesion and integration and addressing barriers to community participation, such as racism and discrimination. Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs, Alan Tudge was also present at the meeting. "I enjoyed wide ranging dis- cussions with AMC members on the importance of English language for successful integration and options for building stronger and more cohesive communities. "I am looking forward to continue working with the AMC and receiving their expert advice to guide policy and program innovation and to help drive an agenda of migrant participation and social cohesion,” Mr Tudge said. The Council is expected to meet approximately three times per year and to hold supplementary roundtables and stakeholder engagement events.
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