Watching Australia and its people experiencing one of the most devastating tragedies in the nation’s history, Greek Australian priest Michael Psaromatis, 34, felt the need to help where he was needed most.
Last Friday, together with his wife Cynthia, the 34-year-old priest flew to Kangaroo Island hoping to assist with fire relief efforts.
“With the guidance of the local council members and local MP Leon Bignell, we were directed to the relevant relief centres where we had the opportunity to meet with people who had lost their homes, properties and livestock. Fire victims, CFS, SES, wildlife volunteers and all who are involved with the fire relief are shattered and weary, but most thankful that no more lives have been taken thus far,” Fr Michael told Neos Kosmos.
“We heard so many stories from the residents and did the best we could to offer some assistance and support to those who needed it. The day was a big eye opener and a blessing for all. We are really satisfied that we could offer our small assistance as well as overwhelmed, touched and humbled by the love we received by everyone we met.”
Kangaroo Island is geographically within the Greek Orthodox Parish of St Andrew Noarlunga.
Until recently, there had been no known – at least to the church – Orthodox Christians who resided there.
“A few years ago, we had enquired if there were any Orthodox Christians on Kangaroo Island, but we had got negative responses. Despite that, and given Kangaroo Island is geographically part of our Parish, we felt the need one week ago to send over bottled water and clothes, but as the fires worsened and people lost their lives we decided to go over and see if we can offer any hands on help to the relief centres,” Fr Michael said.