Event that changed a life

COMMUNITY SPIRIT THROUGH HARD TIMES: Euroa veterinarian Bob Worotniuk said he couldn’t believe the massive community response when he suffered a cardiac arrest three-and-a-half years ago. He was pictured last week in his surgery with ‘Gingie’, one of three cats looking for a new home. PHOTO: Lucy Bowler

IT was a case of third time lucky for the Worotniuk family when they were accepted by Australia as refugees following World War II.

The family had found themselves in German refugee camps towards the end of the war, when they left their native Ukraine in the wake of the advancing Russians.

“We applied to come to Australia and we were knocked back the first two times and came on the third,” Euroa veterinarian Bob Worotniuk said.

“I was one of the original boat people.”

Mr Worotniuk said he was born in 1945 in a refugee camp located in Germany’s French sector.

He came to Australia with his parents and three siblings.

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