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25 Year Anniversary of the Inauguration of the Greek Orthodox Church of St John the Baptist Cairns

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We proudly celebrated the 25 Year Anniversary on 18th-20th May, 2018 to commemorate the Silver Jubilee of the Inauguration of the Greek Orthodox Church of St John the Baptist Cairns.


Parish Council Dinner – Friday, May 18th, 2018

On Friday May 18th, 2018 the Parish Council Dinner with His Grace Bishop Seraphim was held at the Pullman Cairns International Hotel with attendees including, Father Menelaos Presvytera Nektaria, Father John Kapetas, Jim & Helen Raptis, Parish Council and their wives, Michael Diamond, Stan Pallasis, Dr. Peter Marendy.

Silver Jubilee Dinner – Saturday, May 19th, 2018

The celebrations continued on Saturday, May 19th, 2018 at the Pullman Reef Hotel for a formal dinner. The Silver Jubilee Dinner enjoyed the presence of His Grace Bishop Seraphim representing His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos and official guest; Bob Manning & Mrs Manning Mayor of Cairns Regional Council, John Kremastos & Mrs Kremastos, Mayor Cassowary Coast Regional Council, Jim & Helen Raptis Honorary Greek Consul Queensland, Mr. Michael Diamond, Mr & Mrs Stan Pallassis, Divisional Councillors Cairns Regional Council, Visiting Clergy, Parish & Community Presidents Townsville Brisbane and Innisfail. The Greek Language School and Parish Dance Group provided entertainment for all guests which proved popular and encouraged many to join in.



Divine Liturgy & Official Luncheon – Sunday, May 20th, 2018

The Divine Liturgy to commemorate the inauguration was conducted by His Grace Bishop Seraphim on Sunday, May 20th, 2018. This was followed by the official luncheon at the St. John’s Parish Hall in Redlynch.


Thank you to the dignitaries who attended and joined in celebrating our 25 Year Anniversary. Also, thank you to the many, many people who have helped us achieve this significant milestone.

To download our 25 year anniversary book, go to:



Cairns Regional Council – Citizen of the Year

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Cairns Regional Council – Citizen of the Year

It is with great pride and honor that our Chairperson accepted the award (Citizen of the Year) on behalf of all of our valued and dedicated staff, clients, volunteers, board members and supporters.

Congratulations to each and everyone of you for the continued contribution to the wonderful organisation that is St Johns community Care.

Message from Cairns Regional Council e-news – Volume 33, 25 January 2018

The driving force behind St John’s Community Care since its establishment more than 20 years ago, Theo Bacalakis has led the growth of the organisation. Having started as a daycare centre in 1996, St John’s Community Care now also offers aged care, respite, disability support, multicultural support, housing assistance and transport services. The organisation’s reach has expanded into the Torres Strait, Townsville and Brisbane, employing more than 370 staff. But at the heart of this now large not-for-profit organisation is Theo’s original objective to simply help those in our community who are in need of assistance. Theo has readily given his time and energy to ensuring the ongoing success of the service.

Annual Report Night 2017

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St John’s Community Care Annual Report Night 2017



St John’s Community Care held its annual reporting night on Wednesday 8th November 2017 in the Parish Hall at Redlynch.

A huge thanks to all those who attended. Staff, clients, managers, directors, board members and friends of St John’s Community Care.

2017 was a busy year for St John’s Community Care with many great outcomes for our clients.


The chairperson acknowledged the commitment and dedication of all our staff and volunteers and thanked our clients and funding bodies for their trust in the delivery of services.


The Board of St John’s Community Care takes great pleasure in honouring the following staff members for having completed 15 years or more of continuous employment.

Maria Starr

The Board of St John’s Community Care takes great pleasure in honouring the following staff members for having completed 10 years or more of continuous employment.

Teresa Brcko

Jemaly Decle

Sheryl Agli

Marlene Matthews

Congratulations on achieving this milestone and for helping make St John’s Community Care the highly regarded organisation that it is. The Board of St John’s Community Care takes great pleasure in honouring all of our volunteers for their service.




“High Tea” Art Show

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Mareeba Art Show

On Wednesday 25/10/2017, Mareeba Long Day Respite and Young Centre Base Care Clients celebrated with The Annual “High Tea” Art Show, showcasing the art that they have been creating over the past year.

There were many themes, including Rodeo, Flower and animal paintings, String art, decorated masks and frames, bottle top art and button art.

All clients were given the opportunity to have their art on display for all to see.

Father Menelaos from St John’s in Redlynch attended on behalf of The Board and St John’s Community Care to have an opportunity to see the wonderful works of art and enjoy the atmosphere.

The centre had been decorated with a high tea theme and all staff had contributed cooking for the occasion. There were plenty of lovely cakes, slices and sandwiches for everyone.

Families, health professionals, Carol and Marilyn from ACAT and care workers from other organisations attended and enjoyed an afternoon celebrating the clients’ artistic talents.

A Makeover for Respite!

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A Makeover for Respite!

The Respite space at our Redlynch Centre has had a make-over and it looks fantastic!

Working with a local interior designer, Paulene Benko, the space has been redesigned to make the most of our activities, with both large social and smaller cosy areas for clients to enjoy.

St John’s respite aims to give clients a feeling of a home away from home, and with the new comfy chairs, bright colours and interesting activities on offer, the centre will be even more popular than it was before.

If you would like to find out about respite and centre-based care options for someone in your family, please give us a call on 4039 9700.

Senior Citizens Celebrate!

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Senior Citizens Celebrate!

Senior citizens celebrated Senior’s Week in style at St John’s Community Care with a delicious lunch, guest speakers, entertainment and wonderful prizes donated by generous local sponsors.
The lunch had been organised by St John’s and was attended by over 100 senior citizens who had travelled from Dimbulah, Mareeba, Innisfail, Gordonvale and Cairns to join in the festivities. Rod Peckam and Student Tia Hart from Redlynch College did an acknowledgement to country.

State MP Rob Pyne took time out from his busy schedule to address the group and he encouraged them to not to be afraid to investigate options they have to use to make their life easier. He demonstrated some of the new features of his wheel chair and commented on how it had improved the quality of his life.

State Member for Barron River, Craig Crawford also addressed the group stressing the importance of senior citizens to our society. Nina from Aged Care Assessment team spoke as did various service providers that had information stalls at the event. Seniors could have a free hearing check, talk about dental care with Cairn’s dental boutique and explore the information provided by Complete Mobility, Ozcare, Commonwealth Respite, Carer Qld, Diversicare and relevant information for seniors from the Cairns City Council.
Entertainment was provided by Bec Dollinger who sang during lunch as well as the stirring sing a long conducted by Vic Shaw and Greg Bridgeman. Participants were also entertained by the local children from the Redlynch Day Care who enthusiastically sang a song about school life. The entertainment finished with a lively demonstration of rock and roll dancing from the Cairn’s Rock and Rollers.
Lucky door prizes and raffles were drawn throughout the lunch as people eagerly scanned their tickets. St John’s was delighted with the generous response of our sponsors. These included local business’s The Red Beret, Piccones Super IGA and Discount Drug Stores at Pease St, Cairns Golf Centre, Paronella Park, Tjapukai, Mamu Tropical skywalk, Cazaly’s, Brother’s, Cairns Coconut Holiday Resort Cota and the Cairn’s Regional Council. Prizes were also donated by individuals.