Co-founder of Australian Greek Welfare Society Doctor Spiro Moraitis dies at age 90

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Australian Greek Welfare Society (AGWS) co-founder and Hon. Life Member Dr Spiro Moraitis passed away on Thursday, September 7, at the age of 90.

Dr Moraitis together with George Papadopoulos and Nick Polites founded the AGWS (known today as PRONIA) in 1972. The purpose of AGWS was to vigorously assert the rights of immigrants and their children, with an emphasis on improving services in the fields of education, health, social welfare, childcare and the preservation of the Greek language.

Dr Moraitis left an indelible impact on the Australian Greek community, a lasting legacy that will continue to support future members of the Greek speaking community.

Dr. Spiro Moraitis in his surgery, Carlton, 1959. Image: State Library of Victoria

He served as both Chairman and President of AGWS (1972-1979) and served on many sub committees including health, education, childcare, aged care, interpreting and language services.

In 2008, Dr Moraitis became an awarded member of the Order of Australia for his continuing services to the Greek community through a range of executive roles with migrant assistance and aged welfare organisations.

In 2022, in recognition of his incredible contribution to the Hellenic Australian Community and AGWS he was awarded the HACCI Excellence Spiro Stamoulis Lifetime Achievement Award.  

“Dr Moraitis’ endless benevolence will continue to inspire all who had the privilege of knowing him. As we mourn his passing, we remain steadfast in continuing Dr Moraitis’ vision and rich legacy of unwavering commitment to the betterment of the Hellenic Australian community” stated President of PRONIA, Elpis Korosidis.

“PRONIA would like to farewell, Dr Spiro Moraitis, a visionary founder and leader and to express our deepest sympathy and condolences to his children Anastasia, Melissa, Harley and Katrine,” a statement from PRONIA read.

Spiro Moraitis at his family home at Westbury Street St. Kilda, 1954. Image: State Library of Victoria

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