Not everyone gets to celebrate 100 years of life, and it truly is a milestone that shouldn’t go unnoticed.
Centenarian Evangelia Katri’s family made sure that the birthday party would be one that their mother, grandmother, great-grandmother would not easily forget as three generations gathered into a room full of balloons, flowers, colours and festivity.
Songs from Evangelia’s glory years were played, and she got up and danced to the tunes of Sophia Vembo with her grandson by her side.
Her son Nick Katri took the floor and kicked off the ceremony, inviting five grandchildren to read out birthday messages from Queen Elizabeth, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Victoria’s Premier Daniel Andrews.
Chris, her second son, spoke of the tender relationship that Evangelia had with her children and remembered his childhood years. Anna and Mary, her other children, sat by her side as grandchildren and great grandchildren rushed to show their love.
Evangelia also had a lot to share. “I have taught and have been taught so much,” she said. “I have no regrets in life because I was always guided by my conscience with which I never conflicted.”
She spoke of the importance of setting goals. “You need to always work towards something and put your mind to work to achieve it,” she said. “Don’t be afraid. Show daring and faith in your abilities. Don’t let obstacles or hurdles discourage you.”