Our Values and Mission
The Kastellorizian Association of Victoria
For almost 100 years ‘The Kastellorizian Association of Victoria’ supported the welfare of Kastellorizians and Greeks in Victoria. In 1916 there were only about 500 Greeks in Melbourne (the majority at that time were from Ithaca). Soon after in 1925 the Kastellorizian Brotherhood formed, with philanthropic foundations. In those early years the Kastellorizian and other Greeks were a very small community in Melbourne. There were no government funded support services and Kazzies needed to rely on each other for emotional and practical support. From the Brotherhood’s inception the membership provided Pauper’s Funerals, cared for unemployed or injured workers and cared for widows, amongst other philanthropic endeavours.
The Kastellorizian Association of Victoria is committed to the support and welfare of diaspora Kastellorizians, Greeks and the wider community. It supports the preservation of Kastellorizian heritage and the continuation of Greek culture as a part of our vibrant multicultural society. It encourages its youth to continue the traditions of the association in supporting those less fortunate in the spirit of the island’s symbol representing ‘faith, hope and charity’.
The charitable purposes of the association are:
(a) to provide relief activities for and on behalf of those of Kastellorizian descent or those who are partnered to a person of Kastellorizian descent. To render them relief, welfare and community services, material and financial and other aid; and
(b) to assist those of Kastellorizian descent or those who are married to a person of Kastellorizian descent to access economic, social and cultural resources by rendering assistance, social counselling, welfare and community services, or acting as an advocate for them.
In fulfilling its primary charitable purposes, the Association will:
(a) engage in community education and other activities that aim to promote the well-being of those of Kastellorizian descent or those who are partnered to a person of Kastellorizian descent;
(b) promote among Kastellorizians and their descendants in Victoria the cultural heritage of Kastellorizo and its integration in the multicultural society of the Australian community;
(c) promote social interaction between its members by organising social functions;
(d) promote cultural activities by organising lectures, exhibitions, recitals, musical evenings and other social activities;
(e) promote a healthy lifestyle among its members by providing sporting and game facilities and encourage members to participate;
(f) promote academic and or sporting excellence by awarding prizes and scholarships;
(g) publish a newsletter with news and information about and for Kastellorizians;
(h) celebrate in an appropriate manner on or about 26th January in each year “Australia Day” and on or about the 21st May in each year the feast of St Constantine and St Helen, Patron Saints of Kastellorizo;
(i) work in close cooperation with—
(i) Kastellorizian Council of Australia and other Kastellorizian State Associations in Australia
(ii) any other society, community or association having the same charitable purposes; and
(iii) other affiliated organisations that cater for special groups within the Association and the wider Kastellorizian Community of Victoria (helping to establish or support such organisations)
(j) raise funds to facilitate the relief activities for and on behalf of those of Kastellorizian descent or those who are partnered to a person of Kastellorizian descent; and
(k) maintain facilities for the purpose of furthering the charitable purposes set out above.