Serbian Flood Relief Effort in Australia

Dear SOYA Members & Friends,

Due to the death and great suffering inflicted upon the people of Serbia and Bosnia from floods not recalled in living memory, the Serbian government has announced 3 days of mourning, that is the 21st , 22nd, and 23rd of May.

Поводом смрти и великог страдања нанесено грађанима Србије, последица не памћених поплава, Влада Србије је прогласила тродневну жалост, т.ј. 21, 22 и 23 маја.

SOYA will be changing to the Black SOYA logo for the time being as a sign of mourning & solidarity for those in our motherland. We ask our community, our friends, and all whom read this to please send through a donation for our disaster relief fund, that will be sent to the people in need.

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Moleban to be held at 6.00pm Sunday 25th May 2014 at St Luke the Apostle Mission, Serbian Orthodox Church, 75 Flowerdale Rd Liverpool, before the usual SOYA religious forum at 6.30pm. For more information on the Moleban, please click here.

Kind regards,
Angela Ostojic
SOYA NSW Co-ordinator


The Youth are The Future

On Sunday, the 26th of October around 6pm the Serbian people of Canberra along with their friends of various ethnicities began gathering around the Church Hall of Saint Sava Church at Farrer in order to support the first event organised by the recently initiated Serbian Orthodox Youth Association (S.O.Y.A) of Canberra.

The ambience was different than usual-the light in the hall was dim, and a number of “waiters” and “waitresses” could be spotted-all dressed in black and white, taking orders from guests or “customers”, so to call them, who were seated around the nicely decorated tables, on which the candles were lit.
On each table the guests could find a wonderfully designed menu along with the information sheet about the Youth Group and its goals and plans for the future.

And what was on the menu? Well, considering that the aim of the event was to provide those present with an experience of dining in a café located in, let’s say Belgrade, to those who know about the Serbian cuisine, the answer is quite obvious. Chevapi-Balkan sausages made from minced meat, minced meat patties as well as pork neck, all from the grill, were some of the choices along with meat or cheese Burek, Shopska salad and spicy salad from Nis. On the dessert menu the S.O.Y.A offered sweets such as Russian Hats, Baklava, and Krempita, usually accompanied by a black coffee served with a Turkish delight, just like in our homeland. When it comes to drinks, the bar found that the most popular beverages were those originating from Serbia including Lav and Jelen beer, Serbian nectar juices of Takovo brand, and mineral water Knjaz Milos. Also, let us not forget that a Serbian gathering is incomplete without rakija.

In the background, a rich variety of Serbian music could be heard including a kolo or two as well as it always gets the crowd on their feet. An interesting addition was the projector which displayed video clips to various Serbian music hits, and on which “The Kosovo Battle” movie was played.

Amongst the 150 guests, as that many was counted from the entry tickets, apart from Serbians present were our friends of other nationalities who enjoyed the atmosphere, food and the music just the same. The largest in numbers were the Russians and the Greeks but Macedonians, Australians and others were also amongst the “customers”.

The success of this first event is much owed to the hard work and the enthusiasm of all the members.
The Serbian Orthodox Youth Association of Canberra wishes to thank all of those who sponsored the night including the Newspaper “Serbian Voice” as well as the Serbian Radio Program “Ravna Gora”. The two Serbian Communities - St Sava of Farrer as well as St George from Forrest with Gordana Ivancevic as the president, also tremendously helped make the event possible with their kind assistance and support as well as financial donations.

The evening was finalised with music and dancing. The youth danced to Serbian music while the proud parents and guests watched, and some even dared to join the dance floor. The impressions of the night were highly positive and many of those that were present even suggested for this “café” to open regularly. The group is very proud of this first step and is especially glad that many of the guests were members of our youth in Canberra, some of which expressed interest in joining the S.O.Y.A.

This year in December the representatives of the youth movement from all across Australia will attend a Youth Seminar at the Serbian Orthodox Monastery Sveti Sava in Canberra which S.O.Y.A of Canberra will host. We want to show our parents and older generations of Serbians that we will not allow for our roots to be forgotten and that we will stick together as we are aware that the future of the Serbian community in the Diaspora lies in the hands of the youth. 

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