De La Salle College

Mother’s Day Breakfast 2018 College Captain’s address

On Wednesday 9 May 2018, the College’s Parent Network hosted a Mother’s Day Breakfast, celebrating the important role mothers and female carer’s play in the education of our students. Over 550 people attended this event, at which our 2018 College Captain, Panos Menidis addressed the gathering and his Mum.

Good morning all and a special warm welcome to all the mothers and significant women here with us today.

Before I begin my speech I would like to acknowledge and pay my respects to the traditional owners of the land upon which we meet, the Wurundjeri people.

Today, we gather to stop, reflect upon and thank our mothers for everything they have done, everything that they do and everything that they will do for us in the future. This day is one were we universally celebrate the most important woman in our lives. And no that’s not the secret girlfriend you are hiding from your parents, it is the woman that brought you into this life, that raised you since day one and is here with you now as you grow to become a young man.

Day in day out our mothers have been there from the beginning. As young men, it is important that we are able to show our appreciation to our mothers for the unimaginable amount of care they have for us.

Every time we are hurt, our mothers are always there for us. Though there are plenty of times were mum has laughed at me after I’ve hurt myself. She is always there to pick me up and help me get back on my feet.

Even through all our crazy fashion decisions, our awful hairstyle choices and through every single melodious voice break, our mothers are always there, teaching us valuable life lessons on what to do, how to dress, and most importantly how to care.

It is too easy to take our mother’s actions for granted, this was apparent to me in my earliest memory from my whole life. I was lying down on a bed in Cabrini hospital playing I spy with my mum. When suddenly I remember an immense amount of shock as I looked over to my left I saw that a doctor had placed this humongous needle in my hand (it really wasn’t that big I’m sure) and then I remember waking up in a new room the next day.

Last year in one of our conversations this story came up for the first time, to my mother, sixteen years later. I told her exactly what I remembered and she said to me as if she too had memorized the experience. My Mum said that she thought I would never love her again, that she was crying when she saw how much pain I was in. From the smallest needle and was terrified for the rest of the day.

Back at the hospital following my life traumatizing experience, I woke up balling my eyes out trying to climb out of the hospital bed and like an angel I saw my mother run through the doors, grab me and hug me.

This is the only way I have found to try and symbolise the immense amount of care my mother has.

And gentleman, let me tell you now that my mother is not alone here, all our mothers care for us so much and sometimes all they need from us is to say I love you too mum. So on this day of recognition, please say I love you to your Mum.

In my life, and I am more than certain in yours, my mother is the most important woman in my life. She is a stellar role model for myself and my family and without her, I would not be the young man I am today. So for that mum, I thank you and know that I love you so very much.

If I could sum up my mother I would but that’s not possible. She is everything I want and need her to be all the time. Always there for me no matter the situation. Mum Volim Te.

Ladies and gentlemen today is not a day of celebration, it is a day of recognition for the angels on earth that never gave up, gave in or forgot who their little boy is destined to be.

So, I propose a toast to all the mothers and significant women in our lives. I love you too, Mum.

Panos Menidis
College Captain 2018


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