Last Sunday 14th November 2010 our Community organised a very successful Dinner and Dance at Plaza Hotel Wembley.
This function was well attended by about 300 people. Among the VIPs we had the following officials: the Mayor of Brent Cllr. Harbhajan Singh with his wife, the MP for Brent North Rt. Hon. Barry Gardiner, the MEP for London Rt. Hon. Marina Yiannakoudakis (of Greek Cypriot origin), the Mayor of Harrow Cllr. Asad Omar, the Consul General of Greece Mr. Makis Pantzopoulos, the Consul General of Cyprus Mr. Georgios Georgiou, Mr. Savvas Pavlides of the Cyprus Educational Mission, the Vice-Chairman of the Council for Greeks Abroad Mr. Nikos Skinitis, Mr. Stefanos Stefanou of John Doyle Plc, as well as many members and friends of our Community.
The President of our Community Mr. Pantelis Demesthenous offered a welcome speech and informed our guests about the progress of our sacred project of erecting a new Church.
The Consul General of Cyprus Mr. Georgios Georgiou gave an outline of the developments on the Cyprus problem. Other VIPs offered their kind greetings.
The Parish Priest Fr. Anastasios D. Salapatas conveyed the blessings of His Eminence Gregorios, Greek Orthodox Archbishop of Thyateira and Great Britain and talked about the spiritual importance of building a new Church and in particular during these difficult (from a financial point of view) times.
The Greek band AETOS (EAGLE) offered its services free of charge.
The Dancing group of our St. Panteleimon Hellenic College, led by its teacher Andri Paraskeva, presented traditional Greek dances.
The event was very successful. The total amount collected on the evening in support of our great project was £56.000 (The Cyprus Government had offered €15.000).