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.

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.

Greece’s PM Tsipras hails end of bailout era from Ithaca

Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras hailed Greece’s exit from its bailout program on Tuesday 21 August in a televised address from Ithaca.

“Today a new day is dawning in our country, a historic day. The bailouts of recession, austerity, recession and social desertification are finally over,” Tsipras said.

“Ithaca is only the beginning,” he added. “We will never forget the causes and the faces that led the country to the memorandums,” he said, warning that “new battles lie ahead.”

Tsipras said that the modern “Odyssey” that Greece went through since 2010 has come to an end, that “the era of bailouts has finally ended” and “our country regains its right to define its future.”

The Greek PM's choice of Ithaca had a symbolic meaning. It is the very island where Odysseus returned home from the Trojan war after the 10-year voyage recounted by Greek classical poet Homer.

“Ithaca will once again be identified with the end of a modern-day Odyssey (that was) very difficult for the Greek people,” he said after arriving on the island.

 Source: Greekreporter.com

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.

IPS FaceBook Group meet at Dona Lefki for kafethaki

Congratulations to Debbie Argyropoulos, IPS Facebook Administrator, for organising the successful gathering of some eighty people, many from Australia, at Dona Lefki on July 19 2018.

The IPS Facebook group welcomes people of Ithacan descent and all people who love Ithaca. The aim of the event was to get FB members, who regularly post and comment, to meet fellow members from all around the world.

Katerina Grigoriou, President of Enosi Ithakision Greece summed up the general feeling amongst the people who attended at Dona Lefki when she said, "I congratulate Debbie Argyropoulos for this wonderful day. I believe this meeting was a great opportunity for old friends to get together again, and most importantantly, for younger Ithacans to meet each other and make new friendships, thereby ensuring that family traditions are passed on to the next generation. Great meeting! Great day for us all!"

You can view the buzzing atmosphere and some familiar faces on Youtube on the following link: https://youtu.be/ShD4_egUPT0

Photos labelled Kafethaki on Ithaca, courtesy of Erika Bach.


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