Last November, professor and linguist Georgios Babiniotis, during his visit to Australia proposed the founding and the operation of centers that will aim at the promotion and dissemination of the Greek culture in Australia.
The Society of Friends of Greek Culture, which will be comprised of eminent personalities of the Australian society and the Diaspora, will closely cooperate with Diaspora organizations and will strengthen the dissemination, cultivation and development of Greek culture.
On May 19, about 250 people gathered in the auditorium of the School of Medicine of the University of Notre Dame in Perth and founded the first Centre of the Society of Friends of Greek Culture, appointing as its founding President the former Minister of Education, Robert Pearce.
Many Australian MP’s and Academics, the Consul of Greece in Western Australia, Sofia Choli, presidents of communities and unions and others attended the event, as well as members of the Society.
The Ambassador of Greece to Australia, Charalambos Dafaranos, and his wife were invited to the two-hour event, in which he was the keynote speaker. The ceremony was opened by the renowned businessman Evangelos Petrelis and then followed a speech by the founding President of the Society of Friends of Greek Culture, Robert Pearce.
His first words were in Greek “I announce to you that I was elected president of the Society of Friends of Greek Culture. Today I’m here with my colleague MP’s and academics who are members of the Society. I call you and I invite you to go along all together and to help, not only to promote the Greek Culture, but to assist Greece to exit the European crisis which plagues the country,” and continued: “This summer I will visit first the nautical clubs of Perth in order to urge my Australian countrymen to visit Greece in order to feel the joy I feel when I visit Greece every year to do yachting. The Greek seas will fascinate them, the islands will enchant them and they will also become part of the Greek culture,” the former Minister of Education passionately announced receiving a warm applause by the attendants.