The first members of Shepparton’s Macedonian community arrived in the Goulburn Valley more than 50 years ago — and their legacy is set to live on for at least 50 more.ESTELLE GRIEPINK August 29, 2014 3:48am
Macedonian generosity: Goulburn Valley Health chief executive Dale Fraser works the shovel for the Mary Coram Ward mobility garden, while Village of Bitusha Macedonian Community of Shepparton’s Phillip Poulos and John Dimitropolous look on.
The Village of Bitusha Macedonian Community of Shepparton on Wednesday donated $20
The garden will feature different surfaces and environments including lawns, gravel and various plants to aid geriatric patients’ rehabilitation.
Representatives Phillip Poulos and John Dimitropolous said they decided to donate the money, raised from decades of community events including annual balls, to give back to the town they now call home.
Mr Poulos left the small village of Bitusha when he was 13 to start a new life in Shepparton with his family.
Mr Dimitropolous is a third-generation orchardist who lives in Shepparton East.
‘‘Our community has always supported the hospital and our families have been here, my father had a stroke and the staff here were excellent,’’ Mr Dimitropolous said. ‘‘We wanted to give something back and help the older people and what better way to show our community where our money has gone than by putting it here.’’
Goulburn Valley Health chief executive Dale Fraser said the donation was incredibly generous.
‘‘This is a tremendous legacy to create for Goulburn Valley Health and Shepparton as a whole,’’ Mr Fraser said.
‘‘This community has come from another country and they’re now creating a lasting memorial of their village. I take my hat off to them for their community spirit.’’
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