Thursday, July 25, 2024

State Funeral for Victorian champion of multiculturalism

A State Funeral Service to honour the extraordinary life of Stefan Romaniw OAM will be held next Friday, the Victorian Government has confirmed

Acting Victorian Premier, Ben Carroll said Stefan had been a fierce champion of multiculturalism and diversity in Victoria who firmly believed that “our differences can only enrich us all for the better”.

“Stefan was a leading light of our proud multicultural state and nation,” he said.

“His legacy will live on through the Victorians he reached, and the future generations he inspired.”

He was a tireless advocate who used the power of his revered voice to fight for others, a voice he often used to speak out against the war in Ukraine. He made it his life’s work to preserve Ukrainian culture and identity, both in Australia and abroad, the Acting Premier said

The State Funeral will be open to the public, and for those unable to attend, the Service will be live streamed online. It will take place at 10am on Friday, 12 July at Sts Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral in North Melbourne.

At the request of Stefan’s family and in lieu of flowers, tributes may be made in the form of a contribution to the Ukraine Crisis Appeal and the preservation of Sts Peter & Paul Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral. To donate, please visit ukrainecrisisappeal.org or preservationproject.com.au.

Further details about how to attend or how to view the live stream will be shared in due course, with the most up to date information available at vic.gov.au/StefanRomaniw.

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