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Ladies and gentlemen, I am privileged to be among you tonight on the occasion of the presentation of the Ippokratis and George Thomas Medical Awards.
AHEPA has long exemplified the best of philanthropic Hellenic ideals to the entire community.
Your longstanding commitment to charitable work, cultural education and intellectual excellence is a shining example for all to follow.
Yours is a generous and effective organisation, as donations to the Children’s Ward in the St. George’s Public Hospital, Giant Steps and the Sheppard Centre clearly indicate.
I understand that AHEPA’s medical awards are now in their fifth year – so tonight marks a half-decade that this award represents of thoughtful and prestigious recognition of outstanding service to the medical field.
Tonight we recognise those who have dedicated their working lives to the worthy cause of medical care and research.
As our Prime Minister has said, to enter the medical profession is to dedicate oneself to the service of others.
That is what the recipients of this award have done, and that is why the quality of their study and service is so worthy of recognition.
To care for someone who is seriously unwell or even terminally ill is a significant duty enough, but to pour your intellectual effort into the search for a cure for these terminal illnesses is one of the most profound contributions that you could make on behalf of the families of those suffering this devastating illness.
Professor John Boyages has granted to those who suffer cancer both his compassion and his innovative and intellectual effort in his work as Director of the Macquarie University Cancer Institute.
He is a fine example for the new generations of the medical profession who are to come after him.
One such person is Mr. Ross Calopedos, a final year medical student of the University of New South Wales. Mr. Calopedos has attained an exceptional degree of academic standards and dedication to his studies. Congratulations to you Ross.
I know that as the recipient of this prestigious award, Ross will follow in the footsteps of the exceptional work that Professor Boyages has done in contributing to both the scholarly and social dimensions of the medical field.
As a member of parliament and as a member of the Greek community it has been my honour to hear about your achievements and to take part in this event of this organisation which is doing so much for the community at large and the community in my local electorate.
I congratulate both recipients upon their achievements.
I congratulate AHEPA upon the benevolent and generous role you are playing in the local community and wish all of you the best in your future endeavours.