The Greek Community of Melbourne together with the Philhellene restaurant have organised an annual International Women’s Day fundraiser, and this year, along with their chosen charity - the much needed work of Royal Women Hospital’s CASA House - Centre Against Sexual Assault.
CASA House is attached to the Royal Women's Hospital in Carlton, Victoria. It is a government funded organisation which provides services on a 24 hour basis. Their services are available to those living, working or studying in the local government areas of Moreland, Hume, Melbourne, Yarra and Moonee Ponds and to patients of the Royal Women's Hospital, in the Melbourne CBD, and also provides services in Parkville, Broadmeadows, Craigieburn and Sunbury.
This year’s event initiated by Philhellene restaurant’s owners, John and Susie Rerakis, is a music night with the donated participation from local musicians dynamo duos Kat (violin) Paddy (lute) TAXITHI’S Helen and Andrew Patterson, covering all things Mediterranean, complementing the deliciously divine culinary delights of Philhellene's Greek cuisine.
Speakers on the night include Jenna Tuke – CASAHouse Coordinator, Maria Vamvakinou MP - Member for Hume / Calwell, Rena Frangiouthaki - Long life journalist and broadcaster 3xy, Bill Papastergiadis – President GCM with Co-Vice President Anthea Sidiropoulos and Maria Dimopoulos - Chair - Harmony Alliance , Reconciliation Victoria. CasaHouse advocate and former Health Minister Jenny Mikakos will also attend.
Â A featured highlight on the night will be artwork on display, of female centric, Hellenic inspired pieces, created by local Greek/Australian Artist Efrossini Chaniotis (www.efrossiniart.com) they will be available for purchase, with part proceeds of sales to be donated to the CASAHouse cause.
“A significant day to remember how far we’ve come, and how far we still need to go towards gender equality," said Anthea Sidiropoulos.
Anyone wishing to make a donation to Casa House can do so via the Royal Women's Hospital Website https://www.thewomens.org.au/donate/donate-today