Ms Julia Banks MP, Federal Member for Chisholm, today attended the 2017 Oakleigh Glendi Festival. The Oakleigh Glendi celebrates the community’s rich Hellenic culture and cultural diversity, the Feast Day of our Patron Saints Anargiri, as well as the commemoration of the official Greek National Day known as Ohi Day.
Ms Banks, together with other dignitaries including her friend and Federal Parliamentary colleague the Hon. Kelly O’Dwyer MP, Federal Member for Higgins, representing the Prime Minister, also laid wreaths at the Oakleigh Cenotaph in honour of World War 2.
During the Official Proceedings of the Festival, Ms Banks spoke of her immense pride in her Greek heritage. “I am 100% proud of my Greek heritage; so strongly proud of my heritage.
This pride is cemented and strengthened because we are able to celebrate our heritage with freedom in our great country Australia, at events such as this Glendi here today”, Ms Banks said.
“Many here today have, like my parents, worked hard all their lives and have seen the reward for their efforts, all with the aim to simply make a better life for their children and grandchildren.” Ms Banks said.
“In Greek culture, ‘family’ is our first and absolute priority, and celebrating within the context of Greek cultural events, such as this wonderful Glendi festival here today or Greek weddings, christenings or big family Christmas or Easter functions will always remain one of the greatest joys of my childhood and my life’s journey”, Ms Banks said.
Ms Banks thanked the organisers for continuing to hold this spectacular event in Oakleigh which she described as the epicentre of Greek culture.