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Medical centre a dream come true
Penny Michalis, who built the Christos Michalis Garran Medical Centre in honour of her late father, and her
daughter Eirini, 11.
Photo: Matt Bedford
Realising her father s vision to build a
medical centre in Garran was a pursuit
of passion for Penny Michalis.
The Christos Michalis Garran
Medical Centre honours her late father
and his lifetime of philanthropy in the
"He was a self-made man from
Greece," she said
"He was an orphan by the age of 10
and always promised himself that if
one day he ever had a lot of money he
would help those that didn t have it."
The two-storey facility, complete
with underground parking, that bears
his name has been partially leased.
So far, it will house a dentist,
pharmacy, radiologist and several
general practice suites.
Canberra was in its infancy and had
just 24,000 residents when her father
arrived in the 1950s.
He forged a successful career as a
commercial developer and in 2002 was
recognised with an OAM for his
service to the ACT s Greek
community, especially through the
Hellenic Club of Canberra, and as a
Before he died in 2011 aged 84, her
father had donated millions of dollars
to The Canberra Hospital, Hartley Life
Care, The Salvation Army and other
causes, Ms Michalis said.
He had a keen eye for what
communities needed in their areas -- a
skill she and her brothers, who all
work in construction, had gleaned.
"He always said to me Penny this
block has to be a medical centre .
"I know if he could see it he would
walk in with a huge smile on his face,
and probably a few tears of happiness
at the same time," she said. The grand
opening on Friday will be a family
affair with Christos s 11-year-old
granddaughter, Eirini Michalis, cutting
the official ribbon by her mother s
"This one was a one-off project for
dad," she said.
"I just felt like he deserved to be
remembered. It s amazing that already
I have had emails from Garran
residents thanking me for building it."
Initiative to get
Winter is coming but those brave
enough to tackle the chilly weather for
a bout of exercise in Tuggeranong and
Belconnen will have some new
equipment to boost their routines.
Outdoor equipment has been
installed at Tuggeranong Town Park in
Greenway, John Knight Memorial Park
in Belconnen and at Theodore Oval.
The new facilities are part of an
ACT government initiative to get more
Canberrans active and outdoors. Their
installation comes two months after
Territory and Municipal Services
Minister Shane Rattenbury launched a
guide to outdoor fitness opportunities
in the capital.
Work on installing the equipment
began in April, at a cost of $100,000.
Each site includes an aerobic
walker, parallel bars, leg press, trapeze
rings and an overhead challenge.
Tuggeranong Town Park has also
received a push up bar, sit up board, pull
up bar and chin up bars; while John
Knight Memorial Park received a
shoulder press, pull up bar and chin up
bars. A leg lift and dip bar, and a push up
bar have been installed at Theodore Oval.
MUSIC AT MIDDAY SHOW
TO HELP BOSOM BUDDIES
Canberra Theatre Centre and the
Royal Military College Band will host
a Music at Midday concert on June 1
to raise money for Bosom Buddies
ACT. Gold coin donations on the day
will support the non-profit
organisation which supports breast
cancer patients and families. Details:
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