A Night at the MuseumSaturday 5 December 2015, 7.00pm, Hellenic Museum
in support of the Hellenic Museum's education program
Through the fundraiser cocktail function, AHEPA Youth raised $3,850 and donated another $1,000 to ensure Australian students have a Greek cultural and historical element to their education.
AHEPA Youth's president Anthea Tsaousis said the association "was instantly drawn to supporting the Hellenic Museum's Education Initiative".
"Firstly, because it encompasses so many of AHEPA's pillars - to support education, to give back to the community (philanthropy) and our civic responsibility as young Hellenes in Australia to support our heritage," said Ms Tsaousis.
"Secondly, because it is such an innovative way to enthuse future generations about learning history in a very powerful way. I remember when I was at school, an experience that stood out to me the most was learning about the Holocaust through going to the Jewish museum. It was in this environment - where my eyes could see the artefacts - that the true essence of that period resonated with me and ultimately empowered my interest in WW2.
"Most of our members could recount a similar experience with various museums around the world. So for me and AHEPA Youth, supporting this initiative was a no-brainer, as it will afford students the opportunity to learn about some of the most fascinating historical periods and preserve our beautiful culture."
Held in the inaugural MPavilion, members of AHEPA Youth enjoyed a night out with gourmet grazing food provided by the Sweet Greek herself, Kathy Tsaples.
In one of his last official functions as Ambassador for Greece in Australia, His Excellency Mr Haris Dafaranos addressed the guests at the event, and congratulated AHEPA Youth on the fundraiser, highlighting the importance of the cultural institution's education program.
"The night itself was a beautiful way to celebrate this initiative and we were very fortunate to have the former Ambassador Dafaranos and his wife Eyvah - both avid supporters of the arts - give such insightful speeches on the importance of history through artform and its role in the preservation of culture," said Ms Tsaousis.
The Hellenic Museum's bilingual education program covers both primary and secondary school education, with the secondary education program divided into subject and year level. The education guide works hand-in-hand with a curator-led guided tour of 'Gods, Myths & Mortals', the Benaki Museum collection spanning 8,000 years of Greek history.
"It was truly an incredible night, and we hope to continue to collaborate with the Hellenic Museum and support this initiative."
Courtesy of Neos Kosmos and the Hellenic Museum's Penni Pappas.
How will our function support the Hellenic Museum?
Funds will be directed towards expanding the Hellenic Museum's education program. Specifically, your support of our function will fund the creation of teaching guides and materials for the Hellenic Museum's current exhibition, Gods, Myths & Mortals, and its upcoming exhibitions in 2016. These materials will supplement the Hellenic Museum's outstanding collections and the History curricula of Victorian schoolchildren that the Hellenic Museum is targeting.
Educating young Australian minds of the significance and richness of Hellenic culture and history, and raising awareness of this shared heritage, is of the upmost importance to AHEPA Youth and the Hellenic Museum.
'Path to Paradise' Fun RunSunday 1 March 2015, 10.30am, Princes Park Lawn 3
to help prevent the spread of Ebola in Sierra Leone
The serene, green surrounds of Princes Park in Carlton North on a glorious and sunny first day of autumn played host to AHEPA Youth Victoria’s highly successful Path to Paradise Fun Run on Sunday 1 March 2015.
150 participants took part in the charity fun run, helping us raise $4,100.00 in support of Ebola virus relief for the women and children under the care of Father Themis Adamopoulos’ Orthodox Mission of Sierra Leone. These funds will specifically purchase sanitary and medical supplies to help the Mission fight off the final days of Ebola in western Africa.
The Path to Paradise is the third event held by AHEPA Youth Australasia in support of the Mission, with a Father’s Day High Tea held in September 2014 in Docklands (raised $4,146.00) and a Gala Charity Ball held in November 2014 in Brisbane (raised $10,000).
“In Sierra Leone’s time of adverse human and economic devastation, AHEPA Youth has reached out to some of our world’s poorest, hungriest, sickest and most desperate fellow humans through the holy and truly inspiring Orthodox Mission of Father Themis”, said AHEPA Youth Victoria President, Ms Anthea Tsaousis.
The $4100 raised at our Path to Paradise brings the total funds raised by AHEPA Youth Australasia to $18,246.00 for Ebola virus relief ($8,246.00) and the development of 3D printing of prosthetic limbs for the Mission’s amputees ($10,000).
The 3.2km walk and run divisions were hotly contested by participants, with AHEPA Youth Treasurer Ross Katsambanis taking out 1st place in the 3.2km run and Peter Patisteas winning the 3.2km walk. In the 6.4km run, Aristidis Dollas won the race. Winners of the respective divisions were presented with the inaugural AHEPA Path to Paradise gold medals.
Following the race, participants enjoyed a sausage sizzle and bake sale thanks to the generosity of AHEPA volunteers whose superb efforts made the inaugural event a seamless success. “We are extremely delighted with the impressive turnout and major fundraising success from our inaugural Path to Paradise and we are now determined to make this a permanent fixture of our Community’s fundraising calendar”, affirmed Ms Tsaousis.
The event’s success would not have been possible without the immense support of AHEPA members and friends, including the following special sponsors and donors: the Bank of Melbourne Oakleigh, the City of Melbourne, Mary Calombaris, Costa’s Biskotery, McDonald’s Balwyn, Coles Supermarkets and Paradise Kids 4 Africa.
Fundraising for Father Themis Adamopoulos'
Orthodox Mission of Sierra Leone
Orthodox Mission of Sierra Leone
$4146.00 was raised at our sell-out Father's Day High Tea (Sep 2014) which has been used to fund the purchase and shipment of gloves and masks from Australia to the Mission in order to help Fr Themis quarantine the Mission, the women and children under its care and its volunteers.
Having secured AHEPA Australasia's unanimous support and adoption of this cause as AHEPA's National Fundraising Project 2014/15, we look forward to only further fundraising for Father Themi's mission, especially in the field of 3D printing of prosthetic limbs for the many amputees the mission cares for, who suffered during a brutal civil war that devastated Sierra Leoneans in the 1990s.
AHEPA Queensland Hollywood Gala Ball for Father Themis - Friday November 28 2014
The next fundraiser in support of Father Themis' Orthodox Mission is AHEPA Youth Queensland's Hollywood Gala Ball on Friday 28th November 2014 at Brisbane City Hall. Please book your tickets at http://bit.ly/AHEPABALL2014, with tickets starting from $100/student.
You can find more information about Father Themis' Mission which is supported by 'Paradise Kids 4 Africa' in Australia by clicking here.
Fundraising for 'Ark of the World' (Κιβωτός του Κόσμου)
Our 2012/13 national project was to support the innocent victims of the Greek debt crisis and societal implosion – a generation whose prospects have been enormously diminished unless we collectively, as a diaspora, support them to achieve a solid education. In particular, we supported the Ark of the World orphanage based in Athens, Greece, that is run by Fr Antonios Papanikolaou. Ark of the World, since its establishment a mere 15 years ago, has grown to take care of approximately 300 children under its wings, from 6-18 years, some of whom are orphans and refugees, all of which are destitute children needing some hope, faith and grounding in what has become an ever tougher world in Greece. The children are cared for, educated, housed, clothed, fed and raised by the selfless Kivotos team, in a multi-ethnic, multi-religious environment.
We placed great trust in the efficient and safe use of all funds raised for Kivotos as Fr Antonios and his charity have been recognised and awarded by both UNESCO (United Nations Environmental, Social and Cultural Organisation, based in Rome) and the former President of Greece, His Excellency Mr Constantine Stephanopoulos. Indeed, AHEPA Australasia inspected the orphanage's Athens centre in July 2013 and July 2014 to ensure the funds have been properly and appropriately used for the benefit of the mission's children.
AHEPA Youth raised $6608.00 as part of $85,000 that was collectively raised by AHEPA Australasia for Ark of the World - a tremendous achievement for Hellenes and Philhellenes of the global diaspora. As such, AHEPA Youth Chapter Achilleas No. 24 (Vic) was proud to be the largest contributing chapter to this fundraising drive, with the organisation of a Tavern Night (Oct 2012), Sausage Sizzle (Feb 2013) and a High Tea (June 2013).
For more information about Ark of the World (Kivotos tou Kosmou), click here: http://www.kivotostoukosmou.org/kivotos/
On Saturday 2nd February 2013, Achilleas Youth held an all-day sausage sizzle outside Safeway Macedon Plaza (Cnr High St and Manningham Rd, Lower Templestowe) in support of AHEPA's Ark of the World national campaign.
Many thanks to the tireless efforts of all our members on the day, to the generosity of Safeway and the local community as we raised $535.00 for this most worthy cause.
Trivia & Tavern Night
Thank you to everyone who came along to our Tavern and Trivia Night on Friday 19th October 2012 at Florina's Greek Tavern, 209 Glenferrie Rd, Malvern and for supporting us as a recently-established youth organisation and our worthy cause.
The night was a sell-out success - in fact we sold out by 10%, with 110 people attending and contributing to what was an incredibly lively atmosphere full of kefi! Delicious Greek food off the stofa and the grill, exciting trivia, great prizes and Greek laika music to which everyone loves to dance made the night truly memorable.
We are proud to announce that we successfully raised $2120.00 on the night for our National Project 2012/13 to directly buy supplies for 'Ark of the World' (see above).
$2120.00 Ark of the World
$ 481.00 Ark of the World
$4007.00 Ark of the World
$4146.00 Paradise 4 Kids Africa
$4100.00 Paradise 4 Kids Africa
$4850.00 Hellenic Museum
VERY SPECIAL KIDS FETE
AHEPA Youth also supported in 2013 and 2014 the AHEPA Daughters of Penelope stall at the Very Special Kids Fete in November. We are very proud to write that AHEPA's Daughters raised $7700 and $8100 respectively in 2013 and 2014!
High Tea Fundraisers
200 men and women alike attended our High Tea for an afternoon of Athenian elegance on Sunday 30th June 2013. We indulged our guests with a tasteful and generous selection of Greek and Western sweet and savoury delights, an operatic performance and a presentation by HE the Greek Ambassador, Mr Haris Dafaranos.