In 2014, Helmos Philanthropic Association Inc, celebrated 85 years of existence… 85 years presupposes the passing of many generations and is an important milestone in all aspects of life.
An anual dance was held in 2014 to celebrate the untiring efforts to provide entertainment, cultural and national presence, assistance and services towards special needs, both in Australia and Greece, all of which were part of the reasons for the Founding of the Association.
History of Helmos Philanthropic Association please refer to Greek Tab
In the press
- 23/01/1946 Sydney Morning Herald: The Helmos Philanthropic Association: Members of the above Association are requested to attend the Funeral of their late esteemed Member, Nicholas Anthony.
- 14/11/1935 The Daily Telegraph: OVER 200 dancers were present last night at the first annual ball of the Helmos Association, which was held at Sargent’s Market Street. Guests In the official., party Included Mr. A. Goumlan, Mr. and. Mrs. C. Servie, Mr. and Mrs. ‘D. Levy, Mr. and Mrs. G: Staford, Mr. J. Anderson, Mr. and Mrs.. J. Nicholson, .Mr. arid Mrs. P. Hassett, Mr. and Mrs.- o. S. Buxton, Mr. – and Mrs. ,V. Lallas, Miss Una Levy, Miss Rosa Zalocostas, and Mr. H. Coronis. The proceeds of the ball will help to swell the funds for the association’s benevolent work among the Greek community of Sydney.
- 9/08/1951 Nepean Times: Decoration Not Too Late |PUBLIC-SPIRITED GREEK. Mr. Peter Sotiropoulos (Callas), father of Mrs. N, Kepreotis, of Penrith, who died at his residence, Biltong Avenue, Vaucluse, on July 14, received citation of the award to him by the King of Greece of the Gold Cross of the Order of Phoenix, which, in Greece, is equivalent to the British Knight Bachelor. Mr. Callas had a fine record of nublic service and philanthropic deeds. He was born in Greece 68 years ago, arrived in Australia in 1909, and returned to his native land to fight in the Balkan Wars of 1912-13 against Turks and Bulgarians.In 1914 Mr. Callas returned to Australia, where he resided for the rest cf his days. He is survived by his wife (Irene) and by two sons and two daughters Dr. Con Callas (of Bankstown), Cal (Mrs. N. Kepreotis, Penrith), George (Valucluse), and Angela (Mrs. Coombes, Pairfield), Another son (Manoel) was killed in the second World War when on service as pilot officer with the R.A.A.F. Mosquito bombers on loan to the R.A.F. This happened in the last months of the war. Manoel had a fine scholastic record. He was a Bachelor of Law, and prior to enlisting was assocate to the late Chief Justice Jordan.Mr. Callas was in business as a milk bar proprietor for nearly30 years at Newtown. He did many fine services for the Greek community in Australia, being president of a Greek association to help new-arrival compatriots and foster theschool forv the education of Greeks in Sydney. He was generous and modest-not seeking any recognition of his good deeds. About three weeks before his death he was informed of the honour conferred on him by King Paul, cf Greece. Only two other people in Australia had received the same recognition. One was the late Sir Thomas Blarney, Australia’s first fleld marshall, and the other was the present Consul-General for Greece in Australia, Dr. E. C. Vrisakis. The funeral took place on July 16, leaving the Greek Orthodox Church, Surry Hills, for Botany cemetery. The Archbishop of the Greek Orthodox Church, assisted bv two clergy, officiated, and the Consul-General and the president of the Helmos Association, of which Mr. Callas was a past president, made appreciate reference to him.