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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 23 March 2019
NEWS 4 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 23 MARCH 2019 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Building Sudanese - Greek bridges in Melbourne Dr Melissa Afentoulis’ seminar, titled ‘From Lemnos to Australia: Migration and the meaning of home’, explores the movement from Lemnos. Re-discovering identity, belonging and ‘home’ Academic Melissa Afentoulis will be holding a seminar presentation at the Ithacan Philanthropic Society as part of the Greek History and Culture Seminars hosted by the Greek Community of Melbourne. The seminar, titled From Lemnos to Australia: Migration and the meaning of home, is in English and revolves around the migration from Lemnos island to Australia over the duration of two decades, from the 1950s till the 1970s. The data was collected for Dr Afentoulis' doctoral dissertation PhD research in 2018, a thesis exploring inter-generational migration experiences by interrogating emerging themes that arise in the oral histories of three different cohorts. "I draw on original and extensive interviews conducted for this thesis and use references from various disciplines to focus on the framing of personal experiences and cross-generational themes including the significance and meaning of 'home' and ancestral roots," Dr Afentoulis says. "These are considered in the context of evolving transnational relationships and the re-connection to those who have remained on the island. As the first scholarly research project about migration from this island, the thesis provides a unique exploration of multi-dimensional themes that connect 'those who have left and those who stayed' and thus fills a distinct gap in Greek-Limnian migrant historiography." The seminar takes place at 7.00 pm on Thursday 4 April at the Ithacan Philanthropic Society (329 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne). Admission is free. The South Sudanese Community of Victoria met with members of the Greek Community of Melbourne, Victoria to discuss ways that the Greek Community can assist and work with the South Sudanese Community in developing lobbying capacity, language schools and projects that bring both communities together. Fotis Kapetopoulos of Kape Communications and adviser to former Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu have been working to bring the two communities together since 2018. Bill Papastergiadis the President of the Greek Community of Melbourne Victoria, has been a major supporter of the idea and while he could not attend the meeting this week said, "I can think of nothing more worthy that a significant community as ours assisting our brothers and sisters in the South Sudanese Community as well as other new and emerging communities." Leonidas Vlahakis, Jorge Menidis, Theo and Costas Members of the Sudanese and Greek communities met at the Greek Centre. PHOTO: SUPPLIED Markos, among others expressed a deep desire to assist the South Sudanese Community of Victoria in developing their own independent voice. Pastor Tu Yoa a leader in the South Sudanese Community said: "We understand that the Greek community has been through what we have in the past, we also know that over the period you have developed excellent infrastructure, schools, churches and are able to lobby government and we want to learn from you." The two communities are working together on a number of projects. Ms Menidis from the Greek Community said, "We understand much of what you are going through, we went through it in the past, and one area of strength was building our language schools, our cultural events and our churches and we are keen to show you how we did that." Deng Monybuony Kor social worker and representative added that he believed that his community "needs to be seen as South Sudanese not only as African" and in working with the Greek Community his own would "gain the level of independence they need to work as cohesive and strong community." The meeting ended with embraces and some emotion as both communities look forward to a period of collaboration. The Hellenic Initiative Australia supports Axion Hellas medical mission to remote Aegean islands The Hellenic Initiative (THI) Australia will be funding a volunteer medical mission by Axion Hellas to four remote Aegean islands next month, providing preventive and specialised medical care for people living in these isolated communities. The $50,000 grant announced on Wednesday will support Axion Hellas' 7th Sea Crossing, which will visit the Dodecanese islands of Astypalea, Tilos, Halki and Kastellorizo between 6-14 April 2019. Axion Hellas' team of medical volunteers will depart Athens on 6 April in a fleet of 12 rigid inflatable boats for the sevenday mission, covering approximately 730 nautical miles. Free medical examinations are expected to be provided to more than 1300 residents of the four islands, which have limited health care facilities and access to hospitals with specialist medical services. Axion Hellas will set up temporary clinics on each island, providing access to 23 specialist doctors and a comprehensive range of medical tests, including blood tests, eye and THI Australia Board with Vasilis Pateras. PHOTO: SUPPLIED breast examinations and ultrasounds. The medical team will include approximately 50 doctors (of about 23 medical subspecialties), eight nurses, five dentists and 43 allied health professionals and support personnel. The first stop will be at Astypalea (population 1334) on 6-7 April, followed by Tilos (pop. 780) on 9 April, Halki (pop. 478) on 10-11 April and Kastellorizo (population 492) on 12-13 April 2019. Clinics will operate between 8.30am-3pm. Home visits will also be conducted on all islands for less mobile residents. This will be Axion Hellas' first mission to these islands. THI Australia grant follows last year's support for the September mission to Psara and Volissos (Chios), which assisted more than 500 people on the two islands. “The Hellenic Initiative Australia is proud to continue its support for Axion Hellas and provide critical medical care to isolated and vulnerable island communities," said THI Australia President, Nicholas Pappas OAM. "People living on these remote islands, particularly the elderly, face many challenges accessing basic and specialist healthcare, even more so during the winter months." The grant was welcomed by Axion Hellas President Vassilis Pateras, who met with the THI Australia Board in Sydney in February. "We are very honoured to have joined forces with The Hellenic Initiative Australia in this important mission, which supports people living in remote communities and helps to save lives," Mr Pateras said. As well as providing medical care during its annual missions to remote and isolated communities, Axion Hellas provides cultural and educational activities and funds infrastructure projects. A highlight of this mission will be a free concert by renowned performer, Alkistis Protopsalti in Kastellorizo on 13 April.
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