A prominent Greek community group, the Kos Society of SA “Hippocrates” Inc, has made an incredible $568,000 to medical research and patient care in South Australia.
An event was held this week to hand over the funds, which will be split across six research areas within The Hospital Research Foundation Group, as well as four other charities and aged care homes.
Earlier this year the Kos Society of SA sold a building and decided to distribute the funds to various organisations that either helped the sick or were involved in medical research.
The Hospital Research Foundation Group will receive $400,000 to distribute to its charities and research areas: Australian Prostate Cancer; Kidney, Transplant and Diabetes Research Australia; Bragg Comprehensive Cancer Centre; the Centre for Creative Health; Parkinson’s; and the Australian Bragg Centre for Proton Therapy and Research.
The remaining funds of $168,000 would be shared among the following: Mary Potter Hospice Foundation; Canteen; Women’s and Children’s Hospital; St Basil’s Homes (SA); and the Ridleyton Greek Home for the Aged.
An amount of around $320,000 would also be sent to the island of Kos to be distributed to the hospital and other philanthropical organisations that helped children with health conditions.
President Mr Theodoros Nikitaras said the Kos Society has a record of giving back to the community in the form of funding, especially if it involved health and medicine.
“We have helped many hospitals in the past – Flinders Hospital, the Royal Adelaide Hospital and Queen Elizabeth Hospital and others,’’ Mr Nikitaras said.
THRFG chief executive Paul Flynn thanked the Kos Society of SA for their generous donation.
“The Kos Society of SA “Hippocrates” Inc, in the true spirit of Hippocrates himself, have made this very generous donation which will make impact in the health and wellbeing of our fellow South Australians,’’ Mr Flynn said.
“This generosity will benefit all the organisations receiving the funding.’’