THI Australia gives grant in memory of Marianna Vardinoyannis

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The Hellenic Initiative Australia has announced today a grant of $24,000 in memory of the late Marianna V. Vardinoyannis to the Elpida Association of Friends of Children with Cancer.

Elpida is a highly-respected not-for-profit organisation in Greece.

Founded in 1990 by a group of dynamic and dedicated women led by Mrs Vardinoyannis, Elpida has enabled all children to have access to specialised treatment in oncology clinics at ‘Ayia Sophia’ and ‘Aglaia Kyriakou’ Children’s Hospitals, while Elpida Guest House provides patients and their families with cost-free support during treatment and recovery periods.

“We are delighted to be able to honour Marianna’s memory and her magnificent legacy by supporting Elpida’s young beneficiaries and their families with this grant,” Nicholas G Pappas, THI Australia’s President, said.

“Marianna’s legacy in Greece continues to be an inspiration to all in the philanthropic sector.”

Marianna Vardinogianni
The late Marianna V Vardinogianni hugging a child in the hospital. Photo: Hellenic Daily News.

The grant to Elpida was made possible by the generous donations received at THI Australia’s ‘Women In Philanthropia’ event held in Melbourne in May this year, the proceeds of which were matched by THI Australia.

Responding to the grant, Christianna V. Vardinoyannis, Elpida’s President, said, “Marianna always believed that the Greek people, united, can accomplish anything, and The Hellenic Initiative has been an important ally for the accomplishment of her noble vision for a better world for our children and country.”

THI Australia looks forward to its continued collaboration with Elpida as it continues to support young cancer patients and their families.

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