Pair as­sist the Greek pop­u­la­tion

Duo earn award for run­ning club

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Marissa Ge­or­gopou­los

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.

Pic­tures: David Swift

(Above) Jim Loukis, Leo Pou­los, Theo Saou­los, Bill Tsit­saro­lis, Mick Pa­tras, Vick Tsi­likas, Peter Ge­or­gopou­los and Frank Tzavaras, and (right) Carol and Ge­orge Tsi­avos.

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