AHEPA Returns to Scone (15/11/17)
AHEPA RETURNS TO SCONE
Sydney, 15 November 2017:
Over eight decades after its first meeting in Scone, the Order of AHEPA NSW INC will be returning to its roots in the Upper Hunter Valley town of Scone. On Friday 24 November, the Grand Lodge of the Order of AHEPA NSW will meet at the offices of the Upper Hunter Council from 3pm. The meeting will include special commemorative presentations in honour of the Anzacs of Greece and the founders of AHEPA in New England in 1934 - 35.
On 22 May 1935, forty café owners of Hellenic descent from Scone , Muswellbrook, Werris Creek, Armidale and other regional centres assembled at Scone’s Olympia Theatre for the Order’s fourth regular meeting. Following the meeting, His Eminence Archbishop Timotheos conducted a baptism and Holy Liturgy for the region’s Orthodox faithful at St Luke’s Anglican Church.
From those humble beginnings, AHEPA NSW has developed into a major philanthropic organisation which donates to medical and educational charities including – most recently – Earlwood and Clemton Park Public Schools in southern Sydney.
As part of its core values, the Order of AHEPA NSW honours the shared ideals of Hellenism and of the Anzacs. Sponsored by the Hellenic Village federation, AHEPA NSW will be donating copies of an inscription from 447BCE carved in ancient Hellenic and English in marble to local institutions.
Created i n commemoration of the Centenary of Anzac and in recognition of the service of 80,000 Anzacs in Hellas (Greece) across the two World Wars , the inscription reads:
Doing battle beside the Hellespont these men lost their shining youth. They brought honour to their homeland, so that the enemy groaned as it carried off the harvest of war, and for themselves they set up a death less memorial of their courage.
For more information, contact Jim Tsolakis on 0416 060 700, or