MELBOURNE – Students of all ages are encouraged to enter the Australian Hellenic Memorial Foundation student competition to have a chance of winning cash prizes.
Dedicated to the Australian and Greek men and women who fought and died during World War II, the competition aims at educating and informing students of these people’s sacrifice and the ongoing relationship between the two countries. Students are asked to submit a work of art or writing inspired by the Greek WW11 Campaign..
Despite the great geographical distance between the two countries, their people stood side by side during the war fighting for freedom. The parachute attack by the Germans in the Battle of Crete has remained etched in the minds of many and caused large casualties for Greeks and Australians. The Greeks risked execution and saved many of their Australian allies by secretly hiding them. It was actually more than 17,000 Australians who served in the Greek campaign in WWII and over 5,000 were killed, captured or imprisoned.
For the competition, first prizes range from $100 to $400 and there are four categories which are linked to year levels. Only one entry per student is allowed and can be written either in Greek or in English.
Submissions must be filed by 28 September 2012. Every participant will receive a special badge commemorating the bond between Australia and Greece.