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Community celebrates blessing of the Waters
Due to Covid restrictions, a much lesser crowd attended the Blessing of the Waters ceremony at Henley Beach on Sunday January 10th, organised by the Greek Orthodox Community of South Australia.
Due to the restrictions, the traditional festival on Henley Square was cancelled this year.
However, the much-anticipated Blessing of the Waters ceremony and the throwing of the cross from Henley jetty drew around 25 swimmers, each one hoping to be the lucky one to retrieve it from the water.
This year the lucky swimmer was 17-year-old Vasilis Tsoubarakis of Kidman Park who literally caught the cross in the air.
The 17-year-old man was presented with a gold cross and a trophy by the Community’s President Mr Bill Gonis and Archimandrite Markos Papapanagiotou who also gave him his blessings.
During the official part of the festival, the Hon Rachell Sanderson State Member for Adelaide and Minister for Child Protection who attended on behalf of the Premier of S.A. Hon Steven Marshall congratulated Vasili for his effort and thanked the Greek community of organising such an important event for Adelaide.
Mark Buttler MP, Irene Pnevmatikos MLC representing the Leader of the Opposition Peter Malinauskas, Matt Cowdrey Member for Colton, mayor of Charles Sturt Council Angela Evans, Cr Jasminne Wood on behalf of Mayor Michael Coxon, City of West Torrens, Councilor Mary Couros and partner Lauro Siliquini on behalf of the Lord Mayor Sandy Verschoor, Councillor Alexander Hyde and partner Ms Amie Pyke, and Ms Thuy Phan, a member of SAMEAC, representing the Chair of the Commission, Mr Norman Schueler were also on the VIPs list.
A similar event was also held on the day by the Greek Archdiocese at the Glenelg jetty.
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