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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 30 March 2019
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 30 MARCH 2019 19 OPINION OPAcize back for 3rd year SOPHIA PETRAS We are back for the 3rd year, in conjunction with DJ Kosta Nico to raise funds for the Royal Children's Hospital. My beautiful sister has spent most of her childhood in and out of the amazing hospital and I will be forever in debt as they saved my sister multiple times. We are in for one big night at 7.30pm on Wednesday, 17 April 17, at John Fawkner College on Jukes Rd. The theme is purple and green. Entertainment is by OPAcize Instructors - Sophia, Chrissi, Sofie, Liza, Effie and Stella P. DJs Kosta Nico and Thomas Nico will also be there with Con Laz as MC. Musicians include Pantelis (Bouzouki), Eric Kostopoulos (Toubeleki) and balloon twisting with Con. There will also be food trucks with Cypriot street food, souvlaki and hot chips as well as loukoumades by Takis Balls. Dr Rod is bringing Hot Rods. Buy your lambades (decorated Easter candles) on the night as well. Online Donations can be made on Facebook (https:// www.facebook.com/donate/2035931516703931/) for those who cannot attend the event.Amazing raffle prizes by all our sponsors with raffle tickets at $2 - please contact Chrissi, Liza, Effie or myself! Tickets will be sold in classes. Raffle Prizes include $1500 DJ package from DJ Kosta Nico, two Chemist Warehouse Hampers, many restaurant vouchers and much more. We can't wait to see you there! Sophia Petras and her sister Chrissy, that inspired the idea to raise funds for the Royal Children’s Hospital. PHOTO: SUPPLIED Contact Sophia 0401 045 811 – opacize.com 5 questions for Tammy Iliou First meeting of members from the entire community to discuss active female representation in key roles MARIA KAMPYLI The Greek Community of Melbourne (GCM) is honouring International Woman's Day with a special event featuring esteemed guest speakers, music, art, food and wine. Set to take place this Sunday at the Greek Centre (168 Lonsdale Street) from 11am to 4pm, the GCM Inaugural Women's Forum 2019 aims to garner ideas to design the pathway for active participation of women in the GCM and community affairs. Neos Kosmos spoke to the GCM's Vice President Tammy Iliou to better understand the initiative and its goals. Here's what Ms Iliou had to say about the event. Who will the keynote speakers be and what subjects other than volunteerism and solidarity will the be touching on? The forum will open women who have volunteered their services in many different fields, from politics to corporate and to supporting underprivileged groups around the world in an effort to convey the very positive message of the power that volunteerism holds. However, during the day the topics will become more specific and details featuring addresses from representatives of the GCM and other community organisations, focusing on how female YOUR WORDS. YOUR VOICE. PanMacedonian Association of Victoria (PAMV) President Andrew Ballis’ Letter to the Editor condemning violence by protesters at a rally he organised received a great deal of condemnation by readers. Here are their messages: Olga Vasilopoulos Members and supporters of neofascist Golden Dawn are no strangers to political violence; I’m shocked but not surprised. Virginia Spiriadis What violence? Since when is democratic demonstration characterised as violence? Should we not talk, not complain, not disagree because it is considered as extreme and violent? With your ‘democratic’ principles we’d still be under the yoke of Turks because we’d need to be good and obedient serfs and express our objections while bowing on our knees so they wouldn’t call us leftist. Hey, why don’t you all go to greet the 8 million Greeks waiting in the corner... AntiGreeks! (Translated) Anastasios Papaioannou Such differences can only be solved with blood! John Mantelis If Tsipras and his government did their jobs properly for the nation of Greece, we wouldn’t be in this mess with Skopje. Effie Parthimos How many were arrested? Nick Zoukis Effie Parthimos not even one cause there was no violence. It’s just these leftists and commies trying to make our youth look (like the) bad ones again. Eleni Theodor Papaz There were no arrests. This is typical of SYRIZA sympathisers here in Australia to gain brownie points, they are doing exactly the same in Greece. Calvin Tickle Eleni Theodor Papaz, have you noticed that most SYRIZA supporters in Australia are the newcomers? And I ask myself. Why are they coming to Australia when they now have the ultimate leftist leader? Isn’t Greece now the Xanadu bordello country they have always dreamed of? Eleni Theodor Papaz Calvin Tickle spot on mate, could not have said it better, over 600,000 left Greece and they have been replaced with all the illegals . Tammy Iliou at the Greek Orthodox Community Centre for the funding announcement. PHOTO: Vicki Jones Photography. representation in those areas can increase. Meanwhile, government spokespersons and representatives will also present government programmes directed at women who actively partake in the public life; they will also talk about ways women can network within those sectors, with networking being a practice women have not mastered as much as their male counterparts. The event will also include speeches from younger women, under 30 years old who are involved with the community and will be sharing their personal experiences. Will there be a continuation to this initiative? This is exactly what we are trying to create. When I went to the Greek Community eight years ago, we were just two women on a board of 19 members, so there was some imbalance. Unfortunately, the reality is that on most executive and managerial boards of big firms and organisations, women are a minority. Why do you think this is happening? Most women are unwilling to participate because either they find it difficult or it is incompatible with their dayto-day reality. Especially the mothers. This is what we aspire to change, suggesting smart and not time-consuming ways that will enable women to partake in public life and community politics without impacting negatively on their families. How are you planning on achieving that? First of all by helping them comprehend the importance of volunteerism and how that can help them build or boost their career. Moreover, by promoting the spirit of solidarity and support, values upon which we can build a future where we will help each other and particularly younger women, not to mention newly arrived women from Greece. What do you aspire to gain from this meeting? Our goal is to have as many -and different- opinions heard on the matter, in order to arrive to some first conclusions that will, in turn, lead to the next steps we are going to take. Calvin Tickle Eleni Theodor Papaz, and that’s why we should be careful of the ones that come as well. Not all of them are patriots. I’ve met many of them and they are nothing but trouble. I went out of my way to help many even had a couple staying at my parents house for nine months. Never again. As for the number of illegals it’s way over a million. Thousands cross the border every weekend and the clown of PM Zippo welcomes them all. Everything is for free for them and they receive a whole lot of benefits. And the Greeks get Jack. Penny Kritikia Violence, I’m dying. From whom? The senior citizens holding banners. If you wanna see violence then I suggest you publish photos of your bosses in Hellas beating and arresting its own people, women, children and the elderly for attending Hellenic national events and protests! Myrsini Bougoukas And I’m so sick of false journalism. Left opinions not Greek and not true or valid with this newspaper. We need to put them in place!!! 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