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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 31 August 2019
COMMUNITY 4 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 31 AUGUST 2019 Pronia Radiothon to raise funds to continue work with the community There was a time when 72-year-old Maria, a pensioner, needed help paying the electricity bill. Her son usually helps her out, but this time he was away and Maria (not her real name) had no one to turn to. Unable to read the notices she received from the electricity company or call them to negotiate a solution, she turned to Pronia. A case worker, after listening carefully, took the necessary steps and the bill was paid. This is a simple, straightforward case but for Maria and many more like her who suffer in silence, the reality is anything but simple. Health problems, family violence, drug addiction, divorce, mental health issues make their daily reality one of hardship and struggle. Pronia's case workers help people to deal with this reality. They offer practical help in a timely and discreet manner to avert a crisis. Over one thousand people received such assistance in the last 12 months. This service is funded by Pronia. Fundraising during a previous Radiothon. There are many people like Maria who face ongoing financial hardship. It takes them down a path of isolation from their community, deterioration of their health and increase their risk of mental illness. Others, who find themselves in similar circumstances, face an avalanche of issues that compromise their safety, and increase their risk of homelessness and suicide. Vulnerable and disadvantaged people have access to Greek-speaking lawyers through Pronia's legal and migration service, free of cost. For more than 15 years Pronia has been funding the Greek Cardiac program offering rehabilitation and health education to people with heart conditions in a culturally responsive manner. Pronia absorbs the costs for these services through fundraising initiatives. "Every year, we are touched by the generosity and good- will of the community," says Tina Douvos-Stathopoulos, Pronia's CEO. "Some of the most generous donors are second generation sons and daughters who have first-hand experience of our services through the help we provided to their parents." Having the finger on the community's pulse for almost five decades, Pronia forges ahead, undeterred by the challenges associated with securing government funding. If the need exists, Pronia will create a program and offer a service. That's why this year Pronia has a target of $150,000 for its annual appeal, a radiothon which runs over two days, 6 -7 September in conjunction with 3XY Radio Hellas. Last year, Pronia raised close to $100K, with the funds channelled into health and welfare programs and information initiatives such as the Pop-up-Periptero. "The more we receive in donations the more we give back through programs and services to the community, to people of all ages. It is a continuous circle of good will which has sustained us for close to 50 years," says Ms Douvos-Stathopoulos. Pronia's annual appeal will start on Friday 6 September at 9.00 am, wrapping up on Saturday 7 September at 9.00 pm. Donations can be made by calling (03) 9388 9998. A champion of multiculturalism: Geelong man Jordan Mavros passes away Jordan Mavros has been remembered for his kind nature and strong moral compass The importance of selfcare: Pronia to host free well-being workshop Living in an increasingly fast-paced society, stress and anxiety have reached new heights, with the need to take time for selfcare more important that ever. However looking after oneself can often take a backseat, especially when faced with challenging times. Having recognised a growing need for support, Pronia is hosting a free interactive workshop next month to re-introduce the concept of self-care. Hosted by Anton Anagnostou, the workshop will help attendees to identify strategies that can help to improve well-being in the day to day, as well as during particularly stressful times. Mr Anagnostou will also give attendees the opportunity to put into perspective the important things in life, and empower them to take the necessary steps to live their best lives. When: Tuesday 17 September, 6.00-8.00 pm Where: Clayton Community Centre (9-15 Cooke St, Clayton) To register your interest (by Friday 13 September) or to learn more about the workshop call (03) 9388 9998 or email Anton at email@example.com The flags at City Hall in Geelong were dropped at halfmast on Wednesday, out of respect and in mourning of the late Jordan Mavros OAM, who was a champion of multiculturalism. Mr Mavros, 70, passed away on Friday 23 July after a battle with cancer. Born in Greece, Mr Mavros migrated to Australia on his own in December 1972, aged in his 20's, and set out to work in factories. Speaking no English at the time, he didn't let that deter his dreams; working hard to improve his language skills, he went on to study at university, completing degrees in history and sociology, and a masters in social work. In 1983 Mr Mavros moved to Geelong where he married Lina, and worked as a social worker with the newly formed Geelong Migrant Resource Centre (Diversitat) and eventually rose the ranks to become chief executive officer. Mr Mavros never forgot his humble beginnings, dedicating his career to helping Geelong's ethnic groups and less fortunate in his roles at Diversitat, as chairman of the Give Where You Live Foundation, and founder of Multicultural Aged Care Services. "He was one of the nicest men you'd ever meet; a lovely soul," Give Where You Live chief Bill Mithen said, a sentiment shared by Mr Mavros’ daughter Helen. "He had such a kind heart. He wanted to help the most vulnerable people; those who couldn't help themselves," she said. In 2007 his services to Geelong and the migrant community were recognised, honoured with an OAM. "Mr Mavros clearly displayed community values that we can all aspire to, and we sincerely thank him for his selfless contribution to our region," said Dr Geoff Russell, Manager of Corporate Communication and Marketing at the City of Greater Geelong. Mr Mavros is survived by his wife Lina and children Elias, Helen and Julia. DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM The late Jordan Mavros OAM.
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