The Laconian Federation (NSW) held a successful event on Saturday, June 3 at the Mytilenian House in Sydney to raise money in support of a high school robotics team from Sparta, Laconia.
The team will represent Greece at the Asia Pacific Open Championship 2023 for the FIRST LEGO League Challenge being held at Macquarie University in Sydney from June 30 to July 2.
The students were worried the financial cost of travelling to Australia would stop them from competing, but the Laconian Federation’s event has made their dream a reality after raising $15,000 on the night.
The event was attended by representatives and members of six associations in NSW representing various regions of Laconia.
Present on the night was also Bill Skandalakis, President of AHEPA NSW; Kostas Lianos, President of the Anatoli Lodge; Patricia Koromvokis, Head of the Modern Greek Studies Program at Macquarie University; John Theodoridis, Secretary of the Macquarie University Greek Studies Foundation; Yiannis Koromvokis, award-winning Laconian journalist; Jim Tsolakis, Director of the Australian Hellenic Choir; Katerina Vetsikas, President of the Panachaian Philanthropical Association; among many others.
Christos Apostolakos acted as master of ceremonies on the night, welcoming and thanking the members and friends who attended the event, as well as the fellow Laconians of Canberra for their financial contribution.
Then the President of the Federation, Anastasios Kokkoris, addressed a warm greeting to everyone and explained the purpose of collecting money for the Laconian robotics team.
The evening continued with the sale of raffle tickets, Greek dancing, live music and singing by Tassos Lambrou.