The Greek Herald has received this open letter from Kyriakos (Kerry) Koliadis regarding his thoughts on AHEPA in New South Wales. Mr Koliadis is from the AHEPA Chapter Ippokratis and also considers himself a prayer reader and community current affairs activist.
Read his full piece below.
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
I am writing to you as an 80 years old AHEPAN MAN that strongly believes in peace and brotherly love.
I understand that A.H.E.P.A. in NSW started on 15/8/1934 in the small town of Werris Creek north of NSW.
The philosophy of those first AHEPANs was peace, solidarity, brotherly love and strong feelings about our Christian Orthodox religion.
I have AHEPAN relatives in four States in the USA: Florida, Merylands, Mishigan and Connecticut. My nephew Mr Emmanuel Stergakis is President of Chapter ELPIDA in Hartford Connecticu USA.
Two years ago Emmanuel came to visit us. I took him to Greek Radio 2MM and he spoke on air so passionately about the work AHEPANs are doing in the United States. He also mentioned about the fund raising for the re-construction of St Nicholas Church that was destroyed in the 9/11 attack.
Today, here in NSW, I understand that certain AHEPANs, brothers and sisters, have opted to resolve their differences through the courts of law, instead in a peaceful manner according to A.H.E.P.A.’s philosophy and tradition. The result so far is that a lot of money has been wasted that could have been used for the Good of A.H.E.P.A. and the Community.
I wish to see that from now on, all of us unite as good AHEPANs, good Orthodox Christians and good Hellene-Australians, to work for the good of the Order of A.H.E.P.A. and the Community.
With great respect and brotherly love.
KYRIAKOS (KERRY) KOLIADIS.