Greek community urges action to make St Vasilios hall in Brunswick accessible to all

·

Parishioners at St Vasilios Greek Orthodox Church in Brunswick West, Victoria are calling for support to install a lift to make the church’s community hall more accessible to elderly, people with a disability, and parents with prams.

The limited access to the church hall first came to the attention of Brunswick local and parishioner, Olympia Raptis, earlier this year. The 49-year-old uses a frame to walk because of her severe sciatica (a type of nerve pain) and she was unable to take the stairs of the church’s community hall to attend a family wake.

“It was embarrassing. It was the most horrible feeling of my life,” Olympia told The Greek Herald.

“I called my husband to come pick me up and I went home and cried for that whole day until I thought to myself, ‘no I’ve got to do something about this’.”

st vasilios church hall
The stairs outside St Vasilios’ church hall. Photo supplied.

St Vasilios church has a ramp at the front entrance, but no ramps or lifts for the faithful to go up to the church hall, despite the church holding a seniors club there every week, forcing the elderly to tackle two flights of stairs.

Ms Raptis gave an oath to herself that once she had recovered, she would take it upon herself to demand increased access to the hall for the elderly, people with a disability, and parents with prams. She believes it will be beneficial for their mental health and a way of increasing socialising between community members.

She launched an online petition urging authorities to install lifts at the church hall and has since attracted more than 5,000 signatures at the time of writing. She also has the support of parish priest Father Ephraim.

Costs for the lift installment are estimated at $90,000 to $100,000 and Ms Raptis has launched a Go Fund Me to help raise these much-needed funds.

“I believe the community has the power to become one, come together and take action,” she said.

You can sign the St Vasilios Church Hall petition here or donate to the Go Fund Me at: https://bit.ly/4cdtXFA

Advertisement

Share:

KEEP UP TO DATE WITH TGH

By subscribing you accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

Advertisement

Latest News

Community rallies together to support the Foundation for Hellenic Studies at UNSW

The Foundation for Hellenic Studies at UNSW held a fundraiser at the Hermes Lounge in Kogarah, Sydney on Sunday, July 15.

Greek Australian Cultural League celebrates successful opening of Antipodean Palette 2024

With great success the Greek Australian Cultural League and its guests celebrated the opening of the Antipodean Palette on Saturday, July 13.

GOCSA issue statement to mark 50th anniversary of Turkish invasion of Cyprus

The Greek Orthodox Community of South Australia has issued a statement to mark the 50th anniversary of the Turkish invasion of Cyprus.

Melbourne Victory Academy head Joe Palatsides leaves for role abroad

Melbourne Victory can confirm its Head of Academy and VPL1 Head Coach Joe Palatsides is departing to coach a major European club.

George Calombaris’ stint at Sydney’s Alpha restaurant ends after only five months

George Calombaris' stint as creative partner at popular Sydney Greek restaurant Alpha has come to an end after only five months.

You May Also Like

‘Never give up’: Pelagia Markogiannakis on her ADF career and supportive Greek family

Pelagia Markogiannakis spoke at the 'Kazzie Connect' event on November 11, which was organised by the Kastellorizian Association of Victoria.

On This Day: Eratosthenes Calculated the Earth’s Circumference in Ancient Greece

Ancient Greeks made some of the most impressive astronomical discoveries in history, including when Eratosthenes calculated the circumference of the Earth.

“Woman Who Changed Her Brain” impressed with Oakleigh Grammar’s ‘Arrowsmith Program’ for students with learning disabilities

Barbara Arrowsmith-Young, also known as “the woman who changed her brain”, is the founder of the ‘Arrowsmith Program’, which is being integrated into schools to assist children...