Society of Saint Hilarion Inc. - 15 October 2015

Friday 05 February, 2016

Mr TARZIA ( Hartley ) ( 15:14 :52 ): I wish to speak of three organisations today.

First, I would like to congratulate the Society of Saint Hilarion, who had their 60th anniversary in 2015, and pay tribute to them for their service to many elderly people—especially Italian migrants, but also the wider community—through their aged-care facilities which have improved and preserved the lives of older people for years now by providing much higher quality aged-care facilities in what is certainly a culturally diverse environment. I want to acknowledge the importance of their establishment and the work they have done over the last 60 years in the promotion and preservation of their heritage and, in doing so, the contribution they have made which certainly has enriched the multicultural landscape of South Australia.

It was founded as a cultural and religious body in 1955 and eventually incorporated in 1974. Obviously, they are a not-for-profit organisation, and they have a large emphasis on family and community values, underpinned by making sure that the residents enjoy a quality and compassionate level of care in what is certainly a loving and caring environment. In 1987, Saint Hilarion entered the aged-care sector and purchased a nursing home in Lockleys. Today, Saint Hilarion own and operate two aged-care facilities. The second property is a wonderful villa-style development in the suburb of Fulham. Over the years, it has grown to become a leading multicultural aged-care service provider.

The Society of Saint Hilarion is named after the patron saint of Caulonia, a small town in the region of Calabria. You might be asking, Deputy Speaker, why I am talking about a facility that is in Fulham and Lockleys. Obviously, there are many Italians of Calabrian heritage. whose families have Calabrian heritage, also in my electorate of Hartley; in fact, one set of my grandparents were from only about 30 kilometres from the town of Caulonia. They were from Siderno Marina—my grandfather, Vincenzo and my grandmother, Maria.

The point is that this society has done such a fantastic job that, much of the time when, especially Italian migrants, seek these types of facilities later in life, it is without hesitation that some of them, with the help of their family, move to the other side of town because of the wonderful job they are doing in the aged-care area. I congratulate them on their anniversary and wish them all the very best in the upcoming year.

I also want to talk to the house today about a couple of grand finals that occurred recently in local sport. First, I would like to talk about the Hectorville Football Club, a great organisation that has come a long way in recent times. I am the vice patron of that club, I declare. I want to talk about the junior grand finals, especially the under 12s, under 13s and under 16.5s. I would like to congratulate everyone involved at the Hectorville Football Club this season, which culminated in three minor premierships—the under 12s, the under 13s and the under 16.5s. It has certainly been a history-making season. They were lucky and fortunate enough to enjoy premiership success with the under 12s and under 16.5s, with a gallant, valiant effort from the under 13s, which is also to be respected.

I would like to especially thank all the volunteers—the coaches, the team managers and the officials—who constantly give up their time, week in and week out, to enable our children in the area to play what is a wonderful game in a club that is glowing with excitement and much talent and will be for years to come. I would also like to thank the parents and the caregivers and their children who have made Hectorville Football Club their club of choice and such a fantastic community group to be associated with, and I feel very humbled and grateful to be involved in such a community.

I would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate the Rocks, who won in their B grade group division 1 grand final. The Rocks were in the reserves and Payneham Norwood Union were in division 1, and they beat a team only a couple of weeks ago.

I would like to especially congratulate Sven Surikov, Pierce Seymour, Adam Rowett and Carl Milne, and all the players, the executive committee members, and the junior committee members for the wonderful job they have done, as well as the president George D'Antiochia, vice-president James Roder, chairman Rod Fragomeni, treasurer Billy Kollias, secretary Peta Winn and all the volunteers in that organisation.