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Bribie Island Retreat and Recreation Centre will Open with a Splash! Bookings are now available for all Parishes and Communities throughout Australia

From Vema, May 2013

OFFICIAL OPENING
His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos will officially open the Bribie Island Retreat and Recreation Centre on 1 October 2013 in the presence of Federal, State and Local politicians together with other official guests and our youth from around Australia. This exciting and highly anticipated event will be part of the 10th National Youth Conference to be held in Brisbane. The Conference will commence on Sunday 29 September and finish on 1 October with the official opening of the Youth Centre at Bribie Island.

YOUTH EVENTS - Centre's first events
Before this official opening a historic and busy four days will occur between 28 June and 1 July. There will be three major events to mark the first use of the Bribie Island Retreat and Recreation Centre.

Educators will be the first to benefit with a two day retreat and workshop aimed at nurturing their emotional, psychological and spiritual wellbeing. Teaching is a high stress profession, especially for those who juggle professional lives with family responsibilities. We trust that the practical nature of this retreat will benefit delegates in both their professional and personal lives.

It is hoped to expand this event to an annual feature of the Bribie calendar for Orthodox educators, locally and nationally. Mother Kallistheni, Abbess of the Monastery of Panagia Gorgoepikoos in Geeelong, Victoria, will be the keynote speaker providing reflections on "Education as a Personal Spiritual Journey".

On June 30 the site will host a Community Open Day with a Divine Liturgy and family fun activities. Following the Liturgy the accommodation cabins will be open for inspection and there will be dancing performances and displays in the community hall. A highlight of the day will be the "1000 Helping Hands" beach chain. This event will highlight the potential "miracles" that can occur when a whole community rallies together for a cause, in this case "Our Youth". All are welcome.

The Centre's operational start date is 1 July. This milestone of our Greek Orthodox Archdiocese will be celebrated with a youth excursion for teenagers and young adults with events planned at the Centre and on the beach.

BOOKINGS & DONATIONS REQUIRED
Bookings starting on 1 June 2013 are now available for all our Parishes & Communities throughout Australia. With the completion of construction only weeks away, the Committee continues to seek financial support to furnish and fit out the Centre with essential equipment in its kitchen and community hall as government funding only covers the construction. Please support this project and help generations to come. Donations to the Building Fund are tax deductible.

Bribie Island youth campus one step closer thanks to $1.9 million grant

The Federal Government has announced it will be providing a $1.9 million grant to the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia to help complete the second phase of the Bribie Island Youth Campus.

The full media release from Minister Peter Garrett is available here.