Fred Seindanis receives Certificate of Merit for five decades of service to Port Pirie’s Greek community

·

South Australia’s Port Pirie regional council has recognised Greek Australian Fred (Fotis) Seindanis with a Certificate of Merit for his contribution to the city’s ninety-six-year-old Greek community.

A member for the past 50 years, Fred has served as a treasurer of the St George Greek community, a cook at the Hellenic Centre for the past 10 years and he’s also known for his involvement with Hellas Soccer Club, which he served as a player and administrator.

“Last year was a hard year for all of us but out of 2020 came some really positive things,” Port Pirie Mayor, Leon Stephens said as he presented the stories of the council’s five quiet achievers. 

Born and bred in Port Pirie to parents who migrated to Australia from the island of Ikaria, Fred is a well-known and loved community member.

“I’ve been involved with the Greeks all my life and loved it. I brought up my children the same way. We need to keep our great traditions alive,” Fred, 63, tells The Greek Herald , as he expresses his pride for the award.

Image: Supplied

“We are the second Greek community formed in Australia,” he says, explaining that the first Greek Orthodox church in South Australia was opened in 1925 in Port Pirie. 

“There’s nothing better than going to the church and the Hellenic Centre on a Sunday and to be able to speak to each other in our own language,” he says.

St George Greek Orthodox Church in Port Pirie.

But what keeps Fred motivated? 

“I want my grandkids to grow up the same way. Our ancestors created what we have here today and now it’s up to our kids and their kids to continue it or it’s just going to turn into memories,” he says talking about the challenges the Greek as an ethnic community faces in a regional town. 

“Our community is reducing as there are no work opportunities here. Young people go to Adelaide to study and they don’t come back to Pirie unless they are visiting.”

Image: Supplied

According to Mr Seindanis there are currently 300 residents of Greek heritage living in Port Pirie or 2,14% of the total population. 

The latest census data indicate that Greek is the most popular language spoken at home other than English in Port Pirie. 

“We are trying to bring back our young members because they are the future and we need their input to keep our community going,” he concludes.

*Fred will be presented with his Certificate of Merit during Port Pirie’s Australia Day awards presentation that will be held at Flinders View Park on Tuesday 26 January.

Advertisement

Share:

KEEP UP TO DATE WITH TGH

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

Advertisement

Latest News

Thanasi Kokkinakis advances at French Open after five-set epic

The world No.100 Thanasi Kokkinakis triumphed over Italian qualifier Giulio Zeppieri in another five-set epic at the French Open.

Donald Trump found guilty in hush money criminal trial

Donald Trump has been found guilty on all 34 counts of falsifying business records. Read more about the story here.

Music from the Heart: Dimitris Basis unites with Newtown Performing Arts High School

Greek singer Dimitris Basis is set to perform on Tuesday, June 4 with students from the Newtown High School of the Performing Arts.

Samian Brotherhood of Sydney & NSW donate to Samos hospitals

The Samian Brotherhood of Sydney and New South Wales 'Lykourgos' have donated to two Samos hospitals. Read more here.

Sale process ongoing for Hellenic Village’s $117.5 million property at Austral

The sale process for the Hellenic Village's 105-acre, $117.5 million property at Gurner Avenue in Austral, NSW is ongoing.

You May Also Like

Architect, Epaminondas Katsalidis, on being a pioneer in sustainable construction innovations

Epaminondas Katsalidis was recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List this year for service to sustainable construction innovation.

Greece’s President expresses her condolences to King Charles III

President of the Hellenic Republic, Katerina Sakellaropoulou telephoned King Charles and expressed her condolences for the death of the Queen

Bishop condemns actions of men at Melbourne Epiphany Festival

Melbourne’s Greek Orthodox bishop has condemned the actions of three men who broke the rules to grab the coveted wooden cross during the Blessing...