The Australian chapter of the world’s largest Hellenic association, AHEPA, held their 63rd national convention earlier this month, with members from Brisbane, Western Australia and Canberra and regional Victoria making the trip to Melbourne.

Following a ceremony at St Demetrius Greek Orthodox Church in Prahran, the event was officially opened by High Commissioner of the Republic of Cyprus in Australia Martha Mavrommati.

Over three days a number of topics were explored including its future plans for engaging younger membership.

Meanwhile Ms Mavrommati and the Consul General of Greece in Melbourne, Christina Simantiraki briefed the delegates on the latest developments on the Cyprus issue and other national Greek issues.

This year AHEPA’s financial aid to charities and individuals in need exceeded $80,000.

The inauguration of the new national council also took place and led to the re-election of Panagiotis Giannoudes as president of AHEPA Australia.

Members of AHEPA presenting Monash Children’s Hospital’s Debbie Shield with a cheque of $2,300 for the purchase of an AIRVO2, a machine that assists children with respiratory problems.