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Update February 8th 2022
The 2022 results are in - this year the special collaboration between Stefanos Tsitispas and Stalactites to create the Tsitsipas Souvlaki, raised $11,500 - with Stef also matching the amount bringing the total donation to Beyond Blue to a massive $23,000.
For the first time this year, Stalactites popped up at the Australian Open - serving 14,050 chicken souvlakis to hungry tennis fans over the two week period - that's the equivalent of 3200kg of chicken, and 400kg of tzatziki to go in the souvas!
At Stalactites Restaurant & the Pop-Up at AO Melbourne Park
If you were watching Ch 10's The Project, you would have seen the highest-ranked Greek tennis player in history, Stefanos Tsitsipas, has teamed up with Stalactites Restaurant, launching his Tsitsipas Souvlak. This fundraiser has 100% of sales going directly to Beyond Blue. Beyond Blue's 24/7 Support Service supports people experiencing anxiety, depression, and those at an increased risk of suicide with counselling, information, advice and referrals. As there continues to be a greater demand than before the pandemic, the community's support has never been more important. Tsitsipas will also match the amount made in sales of the special souvlaki to double the donation to Beyond Blue.
The limited-edition Tsitsipas Souvlak will be on sale from Monday 17 January until the end of the Australian Open on 30 January 2022 exclusively from Stalactites at 177/183 Lonsdale St, Melbourne and the Stalactites Australian Open Pop-up from 10am daily until late, located at Europa Lane within the Australian Open, Melbourne Park.
Run, don't walk to get your special Tsitsipas Souvlak because it's going to taste even more delicious from the good you are contributing towards those in need. The Tsitsipas Souvlak ($18) includes lamb gyros, tomato, tzatziki, fresh pomegranate (Tsitsipas' personalised special ingredient), onion, mint, crumbled feta and chips. Nicole Papasavas, Managing Director of Stalactites says "Stalactites has a proud Greek heritage, and we encourage everyone to come down to try the souvlaki and support our community. The Tsitsipas Souvlak is truly delicious and with all sales going towards Beyond Blue, it'll taste even better".
For the first time, Stalactites will also be live at the Australian Open, serving their iconic Greek dishes to fans. The stall is popping up for the duration of the tournament and will be located at Europa Lane, a part of Grand Slam Oval, which this year is inspired by the cultural melting pot of Melbourne's laneways. The Stalactites pop up will be serving their iconic Chicken Giros souvlaki and chips, finished off with a lemon and oregano Greek seasoning.