My Congress Experience

My Congress Experience by Costa Kyriacou. 

Congress seems like a lot of fun and it is. Congress seems like a massive party and it is. Congress seems like it attracts a lot of youth from around the country and it does.

All of the above are tangible to every person that experiences this incredible getaway, possibly even evident. However, like many things in life, it is often the intangible, more soulful aspects that stick with us the most and are the most important.

The arrival on the first day, feeling a bit nervous but at the same time excited not knowing what to expect or who you may meet. Not knowing if you’re ‘cool’ enough to be on this trip or likable enough to make new friends. Then within a few hours of getting on the bus, meeting all your fellow Congress attendees, sharing a drink and listening to incredible music – all of those thoughts you once had, almost miraculously vanish and you realize that you can just be yourself and the next few days are going to be one of the most memorable of your life!

Coming from different backgrounds, different cities, having different interests – you are effortlessly yet powerfully bound by your common Hellenic identity when that first Greek song comes on or when you hear “re” for the first time. Before you can think again you’re on your knees clapping for that same guy or girl you were so afraid to meet, blurting out the words while they dance a zembekiko. Your eyes tear up, you smile at each other and everyone around you and that’s when you realize you belong.

Youth without Hellenic origin are always warmly welcomed and fit in effortlessly. By the end of this incredible journey you become inseparable and saying goodbye is awfully painful. In hindsight though, you have touched the hearts of many special people around you and they have touched yours. It is not long until you see each other again – especially with the amount of incredible NAHYSOSA events that take place around the country.

Congress helped me get out of my comfort zone, it taught me to love my culture and my roots even more and it taught me to cherish those around me.

Words are tangible to me and no matter how I try explain it, the emotions one feels on this journey can only be truly experienced by attending Congress.

Take a deep breath, close your eyes and click APPLY!!!

Written By:

Costa Kyriacou

Past Pretoria Hellenic Youth Committee (PHYC)


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Yet another month goes by on the calendar. A relatively quiet month when it comes to events because most of us are in the middle of exams or getting ready to depart for Greece/Cyprus! Keep an eye out on the blog the next few weeks – we have some exciting articles being launched this month that will help you get ready for your summer holiday!


9 June: PHYC Winter Drive – They are collecting old warm clothes to donate to individuals in need. For more information and drop off details: Go to NAHYSOSA PHYC’s Facebook page.


1 July: This is the last day to donate to the UJHA Shoe for You Drive. They are collecting old shoes to donate to those in need. For more information and drop off details: Go to NAHYSOSA UJHA’s Facebook page.

We wish all those writing exams good luck and strength to get through! Tips to survive:

  2. Make a study timetable & schedule
  3. Make sure to take breaks – get some fresh air & do some exercise (not breaks to watch series)
  4. Eat healthily
  5. Look after yourself and SLEEP!

Although we are extremely quiet on the NAHYSOSA side this month, we assure you we are working very very hard for events in the upcoming months. We have a very exciting event being launched soon and we can’t wait!

Happy June & Good Luck!


HSA Greek Orthodox Service – 20th May

 A Greek Orthodox Service will be held in English on the 20th May. What a lovely opportunity for non-fluent Greek speakers to thoroughly understand and appreciate the service ✝️. Hope to see you all there!



We can’t think of a better way to celebrate the first week back at varsity than by slug bussing with all of you

We will be bar hopping to 3 different Slug and Lettuce bars with a complimentary shot and free food at each bar. Tifla, of course, will also be provided to ensure that we stay LIT throughout the journey.

Tickets: R120 members
R130 non members
Time: Bus leaves at 19:00
Place: Meet at Tugwell to catch the bus. Will go to the Slug and Lettuce in Newlands, River Club and Longstreet. Bus will drop everyone off at Tugwell at the end of the night.

Tickets are limited so be sure to skip the fomo and buy yours soon!

Tickets will be sold at Leslie Social from 13:00-14:00 during term time.

For more information contact:
Kosta Kappatos: +27 (72) 9789430
Harry Joannou: +27 (84) 3491001

PTA Youth on a fun-filled, kiddies day – 19th May

Join the PTA Youth on a fun-filled, kiddies day!

Come and watch, or drop off your kids, at the Greek Community of Pretoria on the 19th of May, or after greek dancing from 15:00 – 16:30.

There will be soccer, an egg and spoon race, painting, dancing, music and much more!

Free of charge!

There will also be light snacks and beverages for your kids and parents.

*If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to contact Annoula (0817742922) or Vasili (0790151351).

See you there 🙂



Date: 13 May 2017
Time: 8PM till late
Venue: Reizis square (the old Jack and Jill)
Entrance: R50
***This gets you in and gets you a wine glass for the night!***
Dress code: Semi-Formal

Keep an eye on our page for our DJ line up and entertainment for the night!

For more info or to book a space call or whatsapp:
Valentino: 082 9222 455
Niko: 076 868 0909

We’re looking forward to partying the night away with you!



SHA Beer Pong Tournament – 6th May

Get your game face on for SHA’s Beer Pong! ????

Here are the deets…

Date: Saturday, 6 May 2017
Time: 19:00
Place: Greek Sporting Club, Senderwood
Price: R100 (Includes drinks for two rounds)

This is our last event before exams start & you DO NOT want to miss out!

Please finalise teams (3 players per team) by Monday, 1 May.

For more info contact:
Annie – 082 601 3175
Louka – 072 102 6724

All proceeds go to NAHYSOSA Bursary Fund.

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