Pair assist the Greek population
Duo earn award for running club
CAROL and George Tsiavos continue to cater to the needs of the region’s Greek residents following 15 years of service to the community.
The couple’s dedication to the Greek club they run, Enosis, was recognised in January when they received Penrith Council’s Local Appreciation Award.
“We are like a big family, we know each other’s problems and happiness,” Mrs Tsiavos said.
She said the Emu Plains pair were encouraged to join by neighbours when she battled depression after a 1990s car accident.
All was well until Mr Tsiavos was diagnosed with cancer during a trip to Greece.
After he recovered, the pair wanted to move ahead.
“We thought, ‘ I’m better, he is alive, we have to give something back, what will we do?’,” Mrs Tsiavos said.
They shopped on behalf of the group’s organisers who “ran into difficulty” and fast took over.
Each week, they co-ordinate the gathering and prepare a banquet for all.
They charge $6 which is saved up for excursions and has seen them visit The Entrance, Kiama and Orange for cherrypicking.
“We just try to change the scenery for people. Sometimes we surprise them.”
Helen Chronis, the group’s youngest member and secretary, helps out to honour her late husband, who used to attend the get-togethers.
She said most members were widows who benefited from socialising.
(Above) Jim Loukis, Leo Poulos, Theo Saoulos, Bill Tsitsarolis, Mick Patras, Vick Tsilikas, Peter Georgopoulos and Frank Tzavaras, and (right) Carol and George Tsiavos.