Canberra became the international focus on April 6, 2008 when the International Torch Relay – Remembrance Flame was lit by Mr Stefan Romaniw, Chairman of the Australian Federation of Ukrainian Organizations and Ukrainian World Congress International Coordinating Committee of the 75 Anniversary of the Holodomor.
The Flame began its journey in Australia with the historic lighting of the Flame, which was held on Sunday April 6, 2008 at 1.00 pm. at the Holodomor Memorial St Nicholas Orthodox ChurchGrounds Mackay Gardens, Turner.
Sunday’s ceremony included a Torch Blessing by the Reverend Mychailo Solomko of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and the Rev. Oleh Stefanyschyn of the Ukrainian Catholic Church and the official lighting of the Torch by the International Committee Chair Stefan Romaniw and Ambassador of Ukraine ‘Valentyn Adomaytis who passed to the survivors of the Famine – Mrs. Aleksandra Kryvoschyjia and Mrs. Janeczko, who in turned handed the Torch to youth representatives in the community and to Senator Gary Humphries Senator of the Australian
Parliament Parliament, who attended with his son, Owen.