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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 22 June 2019
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 22 JUNE 2019 19 EVENTS Penny Marathon, eight years and running In July 2012, a handful of passionate animal lovers ran and cycled from Marathon to Athens in Greece on the hottest day of summer. Encouraged by the experience, the run – known as the Penny Marathon – has become an annual event with teams now participating in countries around the world. "The point back then was to raise awareness of the plight of stray, abused and neglected cats and dogs in Greece," says Greek Australian founder Eleftheria Prodromou. "Today, it's much more than that; we hope to draw attention to all animals suffering at the hands of human beings." Named after a Greek stray dog whose life was tragically cut short, the Penny Running for the stray animals. Marathon will take place on 21 July in six cities in four countries across three continents. In addition to raising awareness of adoption and neutering programs and educating the public about acceptable behaviour towards companion and farmed animals, the Penny Marathon is a way to honour the work of volunteers who step up – where inhumane or apathetic systems fail – to save the lives of these animals. The Penny Marathon encourages children to get involved through an international drawing competition. This year, several hundred children aged between 6 and 12 submitted drawings expressing the place of animals in our lives. Competition judge, Canadian professional athlete and well known vegan, John Rush, chose a drawing by a young artist from the Netherlands. Her drawing features her adopted former stay dog from Spain, and the words "we are not disposable" to send out the message that pets are for life. The drawing will become a t-shirt which will be sold to raise money for animals in need. To register for the Penny Marathon in Sydney or to find out more, log onto www. pennymarathon.com. There is a run, cycle and walk component to cater for all fitness levels. Janiszewski and Alexakis head to Athens to give lecture on Hellenic presence in Australia Sydney-based historian Leonard Janiszewski and photographer Effy Alexakis are heading to Athens this month to give a lecture on the depth and diversity of Australia's Greek presence. Invited by Australian Ambassador in Greece, Kate Logan, the free presentation will draw on the pair's extensive research, encompassing the last 200 years. Attendees will learn about the long tradition of Greek migration to Australia, which started in the 1800's, the first real wave taking place in the 1850's. By the 1890's formal Greek communities had been established in both Melbourne and Sydney, while some 15,000 people of Greek heritage resided in the country by 1939. Between 1947 and the early 80's, around 250,000 Greeks arrived Down Under, with particularly large numbers making the voyage at the end of World War II - almost YOUR WORDS. YOUR VOICE. Here’s what our readers on Facebook thought about: The priest who went viral Vivienne Gunn Children don’t belong in church, having their minds stultified. Taxiarhis Vossos Everyone is welcome in church, even if you are from a different religion. It’s a matter of the parents to teach their children what church is and what a playground is and most importantly why you go to church. Of course I’ll not blame the children if they play in the church but yes, I’ll blame the parents because they haven’t taught the children what church is and why we go. Dimi Tolis He is such a nice priest. At my niece’s daughter’s christening, the baby tore a page of his Bible. We all freaked out and he was so nice and said, ‘Let her go she is only a baby.’ He is so down-to-earth and welcoming. Maria Lambropoulos That’s wonderfully said but I have been there when the actual church-goers have told off the child in front of the parent! Horrifying and embarrassing for the parent. It’s just hard sometimes for parents to go ... Angela Giagtzis God bless you, Father Michael. If only it’ll stop all the κουτσομπόλες from judging us parents and our children. However parents shouldn’t be afraid of taking their children to church. Kids are smart they will catch on that church is a place of worship not a playground and they will eventually get used to it. I think it’s very sad that because of a minority that the majority is missing out on hearing the word of God! Anthony Sirgiannis Hooray for common sense. I truly hoping the new Archbishop will make the necessary changes so our youth can be encouraged to follow and participate Greek Flag, Opera House and Harbour Bridge, Sydney, NSW, 1984. Bill Florence (Vasilios Florias) being welcomed to Australia, Melbourne, VIC, 1922. Born on the Greek island of Ithaca, Bill arrived in Melbourne in 1922 as a young teenager. He became part of the chain migration of his family to Australia – his father two brothers and sister having journeyed out earlier. PHOTO COURTESY S. RAFTOPOULOS AND J. FLORENCE, FROM THE ‘IN THEIR OWN IMAGE: GREEKAUSTRALIANS’ NATIONAL PROJECT ARCHIVES, MACQUARIE UNIVERSITY, SYDNEY 30,000 arrived between 1953 and 1956 alone. In more recent years, with the onset of the Greek economic crisis in 2008, Australia once again has become a major destina- tion for Greeks. Today Australia is home to 500,000 to 700,000 people of Greek descent. Janiszewski's and Alexakis' presentation will highlight that it is a community that is as diverse within itself as the multicultural Australian society in which it exists. When: Thursday 27 June at 6.30 pm Where: Australian Embassy, 5 Hatzigianni Mexi, Athens, Greece Cost: Free Bookings: +302108704032 or email@example.com Britain in the Cyprus Crisis of 1974 Georgios Kazamias' lecture, titled 'From pragmatism to idealism to failure: Britain in the Cyprus crisis of 1974' is being held at the Greek Centre at 7pm on Tuesday, 25 June. Both before and after 1974, the question of territory controlled by the Greek or the Turkish side in Cyprus has been one of the most important and enduring aspects of the Cyprus problem. With its starting point at an unpublished telegram (from the National Archives of Australia) detailing secret UK views, this paper examines British -and to a slightly lesser extent, US- policy towards Cyprus in July and August 1974. In particular it focuses on policy towards the amount of territory that could, would or should be controlled by Turkey in Cyprus; on the factors that led to this policy and its eventual implementation by Turkey; on the changes of stance and the interaction between British and US policy (and James Callaghan and Henry Kissinger respectively); on military assessments and options in Cyprus; and on the reasons why ultimately the British policy in Cyprus failed in August 1974. Georgios Kazamias was born in Thessaloniki, Greece, in 1964. His research interests include Europeanisation, the history of the international relations of Greece and the SE Europe (particularly in the second half of the 20th century), Economic History of Cyprus (1878-1960), micro-history and oral history, digitisation of archives. His teaching interests include European History since the French Revolution until the 1990s. He served as Dean of the School of Letters, University of Cyprus, 2011-2014. When: Tuesday 25 June 2019, 7.00pm Where: Greek Centre (Mez, 168 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne) Michelle Bonaccurso Or when your child is autistic and being judge by people as if they have the right to judge! Nic Holas Or when the eye-rolling and head-turning is by the priest. (Not my current priest BTW!) John Tsioulos But religion IS judgemental. Andrew Georgiadis Dear brothers and sisters, it is better that a family go to church, than to stay away because their children are children and may make some noise. As they grow they will learn and appreciate the difference between a church and playground. They will know how lovely it is and that God loves them. But to give nasty glares to parents, will cause parents to turn away if they are spiritually poor... and the children will miss out. Offer parents help, encourage them, reassure them that we too had children that ‘played’ around at church. Love. Eleni Panagiotou Every single γιαγιά needs to take a chill pill before going to church. My three kids don’t misbehave BUT they’re not robots either so if you see kids fall to the ground and play, or talk, or cry, or even yell (like kids will) then instead of telling them off just smile and be happy that their mothers are passing on traditions. Write your comments on our social media pages and see them publicized here...
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