Who sits again and reminisces about every little thing they’ve, at the very least as soon as a day? Most of us ponder concerning the issues we don’t have or need. On November the twenty second, an unbelievable charity dinner held in Sydney’s West reminded us that we actually have all of it. We simply don’t see it.
The SHARE WITH THE WORLD 2020 Fundraiser was organised by the revered Father Constantine Varipitas from St Stylianos Parish in Gymea, by means of The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Of Australia. Roughly 180 folks stuffed the Fontana Amarosa Reception Centre in Blacktown, behind the Greek Orthodox Parish of Saint Paraskevi.
Each single ticket to the charity was bought, and the venue stuffed to the allowed Covid capability. The occasion was additionally live-streamed on Youtube, with almost 1000 folks tuning in and donating. The charity occasion was additionally watched by the younger individuals who attended the weekly Orthodox Cafe, with over $500 being raised by them.
An unbelievable quantity of $250,000 was raised as a collective effort, all of which works to these in want.
After a really tough 12 months, these in poorer nations are at a good higher want for help, as a consequence of Covid-19 pandemic. Underneath the steerage of His Eminence Archbishop Makarios of Australia, the funds raised go on to the Orthodox Christian Missions in Africa, Asia and components of Australasia.
The occasion’s MC, Asterios Zouriakas commented on the success and which means behind the occasion:
“The main target of this 12 months’s fundraising additionally included Asia and components of Australasia, in addition to Africa. These locations embody Hong Kong, Korea, Fiji, Tsonga and New Zealand”.
Covid has affected folks in these components of the world, with little no to media consideration. The Greek Archdiocese goals to proceed spreading the phrase of God in these international locations and Islands, all of the whereas serving to and giving the place it’s wanted. Mr Zouriakas continued:
“Will we truly recognize every little thing God has given us? These folks expertise nice bodily poverty, dwelling in slums with no electrical energy, operating water or correct hygiene. Nearly all of us within the Western World expertise Emotional Poverty. The distinction is these with much less are grateful for even the tiniest piece of bread. However, we are able to problem ourselves for per week and rise up every day and thank God by saying ‘Thanks for every little thing you have got given me’. We will add to this by merely giving alms. If we don’t have something to provide, a easy smile at a stranger can go a great distance.”
“Jesus calls us to like our neighbour as ourselves. Your ‘neighbour’ is everybody you meet. The underpinning is to be ‘Christlike’, and tonight’s occasion was folks coming collectively to unfold love, as our Lord did.”
Each single factor on the charity perform was donated, with volunteer youths from each Greek parish round Sydney lending a hand in ready the tables on the evening. Catering was offered by Pelopidas Catering, the meals was scrumptious and the drink flowing. The live-streaming was performed pro-bono by Alexander James of Alleyway Productions, with the assistance of Andy Ektoros. Sponsors of the occasion included:
- Olympia Marble
- Fontana Amarosa Reception Centre
- Masterpiece Footage
- Pelopidas Catering
- John Skufris of Ray White Paramatta
- The Development Adviser
- Nio and Tony’s in North Bondi
- St Stylianos Parish Sutherland
- Fr Milton Chrysavgis
- YesArt, Tracey Poniris
- Goldleaf Printing
- Sotiris Perentes
- St George SmallGoods
- Tsigounis household
- Charbel Younis
- Dr Tom Savoulis
and plenty of, many extra. We thank each considered one of you to your assist!
To sum up the night, let’s ponder these phrases from St. John Chrysostom:
“ The wealthy exist for the sake of the poor. The poor exist for the salvation of the wealthy.”
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