2019 Children's Christmas Party - simply magic

 

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The annual Children's Christmas Party was a huge success. Even Melbourne's traffic chaos and inclement weather couldn't dampen the spirits of our young Ithacan families.
Children were entertained by long time favourite Moodles the Clown and a truly amazing performance by magician Alex Unexplainable who not only had the kids enthralled but also the mums and dads, and grandparents. Considered one of Australia’s top sleight-of-hand magicians, Alex was a grand finalist on Australia’s Got Talent, and is one of only a small number of Australian performers to have been invited to perform on America’s Got Talent. He has represented Australia on German television in a competition to find the world’s best variety act.
The arrival of Santa was, as always, higly anticipated and he was greeted with great enthusiasm.
 
For our 12 year olds it was their last Christmas Party and in recognition of this milestone were also presented with an IPS cap. 

2019 Cancer Council Biggest Morning Tea raises $5,215

An enormously successful ‘Biggest Morning Tea' was held at the Club rooms on Thursday 16 May to raise fund for the Cancer Council.

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A big thank you to all who attended and to those who sent donations.

$5,215 was raised for the Cancer Council which included a generous donation by the Ithacan Philanthropic Society.

It was a fun morning with games and prizes. Trivia tested attendees' knowledge of all things Greek and a round of bingo capped off the morning. 

Thanks to Anna Vlass and Loula Coutsouvelis who, once again, did an amazing job organising this fundraising event.

Congratulations to IPS Year 12 Awards Recipients

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The annual IPS Year 12 awards for ‘Scholarship and Achievement’ were recently presented to our 2018 Year 12 graduates.

The ‘Panoyiannis Raftopoulos Tertiary Bursaries’, valued at $1500 each were awarded to Christine Georgopoulos and Christina Paizis; and the IPS Year 12 Awards, valued at $500 each, to Georgina Bartlett, Charlie Beasley, Emily Kanellos, Christopher Koukouzikas, Evangeline Metaxas, Zoe Paxinos and Lana Raftopoulos.

Guest speaker and former award recipient Penny Vakalopoulos delivered a truly engaging and inspirational address outlining her journey since completing year 12. 
 
Congratulations to the award recipients and all the very best for their future endeavours.

IPS Donates $9766.10 to 2019 Royal Children's Hospital Appeal

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A big thank you to all who supported our Royal Children's Hospital Fundraising effort. Your generosity is much appreciated.

Thanks to the generosity of our members the IPS presented $9766.10 to the 2019 RCH Good Friday appeal. The amount included $5000 donated by the IPS and $4766.10 raised through member donations and fundraising.

Our fundraising kicked off in February at the Annual Picnic where entry donations ($1003.10) and sale of souvlaki sticks ($393.00) raised a total of $1396.10. An additional $3370 was raised at the recent RCH Appeal Fundraiser afternoon through door proceeds, donations and raffle sales. A capacity crowed enjoyed a lively afternoon and a delicious afternoon tea.

2019 Annual Picnic a resounding success

Glorious weather and a great turn out helped to make our 2019 annual picnic a resounding success. The oldest and most cherished event on our social calendar continues to attract large crowds with approximately 550 people in attendance this year. How great to see so many generations, all connected in some way, coming together to catch up and celebrate their common heritage. In an age where our lives are constantly busy, the picnic is an ideal opportunity to reconnect with extended family and friends.

Why not plan your next family reunion for the 2020 picnic

A special thank you to all who supported the start to our 2019 Royal Children's Hospital fundraising effort through entry donations, and the sale of souvlaki sticks -  a big hit on the day.

A grand total of $1423.10 was raised on the day.

Follow this link to our Photo Gallery and view images from the 2019 Annual Picnic.

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