The Organization of Hellene and Hellene Cypriots of Australia (UGEA NSW) and the wider Greek-Australian community showed their support for children with cancer and their families with a radio marathon held on Wednesday 10 November.
The radiothon, broadcast by the 2MM radio station, was a success with over $37,000 raised for the Children’s Cancer Institute (CCI).
“Our President, Irene Anestis, worked tirelessly for the event for two months and although she was unable to meet people due to the restrictions, she managed to collect $23,000 from pledges made over the phone,” the organization’s secretary, Sylvia Tserdanis, told The Greek Herald.
The women’s organization has supported the Children’s Cancer Institute (CCI) for the past 14 years and has donated more than $414,000 to date, helping to purchase essential equipment for specialized scientific research.
This year’s radio marathon was supported by prominent political and religious personalities.
This included: the Consul General of Greece in Sydney, Christos Karras, the High Commissioner of Cyprus in Australia, Martha Mavrommatis, Greek-Australian Labor politicians, Sophie Cotsis and Steve Kamper, the Australian Ambassador to the US, Arthur Sinodinos and Archbishop Makarios.
During the fundraiser, reports were heard from scientists from the institutes, as well as a special interview with Greek-Australian professor Maria Kavallaris.
“We greatly appreciate everyone’s support, especially during a year like no other,” said Ms. Tserdanis and along with President, Ms. Irene Anestis, thanked all OEEGA NSW members, the Athenian Association of NSW President Cathy Vallis as well as the radio hosts for their efforts. – including our very own George Tserdanis, for hosting the radio marathon.
“We want all children who suffer from cancer, regardless of their background, to have a chance at life,” said Ms Tserdanis.
When asked about the organization’s future plans to support the Children’s Cancer Institute (CCI), the president of OEEGA NSW says “we continue.”
“I will fight for this cause until I can’t anymore,” said Ms Anestis.
Interested parties who wish to donate can do so until the end of November by depositing their donations at Delphi Bank branches with the following information: OEEGA NSW (CCI), BSB: 941202, Account Number: 203990010.
For donations or more information call: 0422 596 980, (02) 8509 5274 or 0419 257 099.