The Kytherian World Heritage Fund (KWHF), operating since 2003, has been preserving the Kytherian heritage for 17 years, publishing books on the Kytherian legacy.
The fund was initially founded by George Poulos and the late Angelo Notaras OAM, along with Angelo’s business partner and brother John Notaras.
“They wanted to preserve Kytherian heritage and capture the knowledge through publishing books in both Greek and English,” committee chair member Matina Zervos says to The Greek Herald.
“The publishing of the books, most if not all of the projects, are also supported by the estate of the late Nicholas A. Aroney.”
“It’s not possible to do the projects without their support.”
George and Angelo published books in both English and Greek. Now acting as a sub-committee of the Kytherian Association of Australia, the fund sets out with the objective to preserve the Kytherian heritage, culture and realia, for the benefit of Kytherians worldwide.
“Since its inception there have been a number of Kytherians who have generously supported the mission of the KWHF and provided both financial and logistical support,” Matina adds.
The fund has amassed over 100 titles including Australians & Greeks, Kytherian Migrants and their Associations and Life in Australia 1916. With such a large collection, the fund now donates these books to various organisations in an effort to spread the cultural message.
“We donated to the Consulate, we’ve donated a beautiful bible sets to a number of parishes, and we’ve donated books to the Greek welfare centre to their library,” Matina says.
The KWHF committee is currently made up of three volunteers; Matina Zervos (Chair), Barbara Zantiotis and George Preneas, who all donate their time to carry on the legacy of George and Angelo.
“There are a number of projects currently being undertaken… including a Kytherian dialect book, working in collaboration the Society of Kytherian Studies in Athens.”
The fund is currently holding a 50% off RRP sale of all the Greek language books, CDs and DVDs, with the fund looking to broaden their reach to Greek-Australian audiences.
“We’ve got lots of stock we would love to move and importantly, all of the funds generated from the books goes back into future publishing projects.”
A full list of titles can be found on their website: https://www.kytherianassociation.com.au/books.html