1990 July – Australian Chornobyl Children’s Relief Foundation,
herein after known as the “Foundation”, was formed by a group of
ladies from PLAST Ukrainian Scouting Organisation. The first
President was Zina Botte”.
During the period since its inception there have
been several person who were elected to the position of
Irena Krasulak was elected President
of the Foundation at the April 2001 Annual General Meeting (AGM)
held in Melbourne, Australia and her term as President was
extended at the 2002 and the 2003 AGM’s.
Mr. Myroslav (Ross) Merunovich is the last known
Request has been made to him
for details of the Foundation - no response has been received.
I am further investigating this
Chornobyl Children's Relief Foundation
I refer to the
Relief Foundation Inc. (Australia) page
detailing the Award received by Mrs. Irena Krasulak, the
Past President of this Foundation,.
On her receiving
Humanitarian Award in Ukraine,
I have had many people, including close friends criticising me
for associating and helping her in her efforts to help
underprivileged children in Ukraine.
Rumours, accusations and innuendoes
was recently told
there were many accusations and allegations of embezzlement
against Mrs. Irena Krasulak and Father Vladimir Wolochy and
inappropriate actions by Mrs. Irena Krasulak. Yet no one had
any concrete details - sounded just like gossip.
The comments I
heard were denigrating, humiliating and belittling;
people ignored, discriminated and ostracised them. It was
quite obvious that rumours, lies and
innuendoes spreading like wild fire about them. To this day they have been treated in the
community as Leapers.
allegations against them spread across our Ukrainian
communities in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide.
The rumours of
embezzlement against Mrs. Irena Krasulak and Father Vladimir
Wolochy ranged from $60,000, $40,000 and other such large
amounts. There were rumours that she purchase an apartment
in Lviv using Foundation Funds for her own personal
purposes; which I found to be totally untrue, as I have seen
the title to the property.
As I have been
the brunt of similar unfounded allegations and have been
ostracised in our community, I have an intense dislike for
such rumours, allegations and behaviour by members of our
I was told that
legal action had been taken against them, and yet no one
knew the outcome and assumed the worst.
Krasulak's 25 year history of humanitarian aide in Ukraine, I just
could not believe what I was hearing. As such, I decided to
research this matter.
Over a short
period, I obtained a great deal of evidence which equated to
volumes of files which equated to approximately
40 Kg. These documents included affidavits, statements,
legal and court documents, minutes of meetings, agenda,
financial statement, property titles, bank statements,
emails, copies of newspaper articles and letters from
I must stressed
that the information provided to me from several sources is
not the complete set of the Foundation's documentation.
Also, I stress that the information provided to me, may have
been culled, edited, tampered with, manipulated or lost by
this, from my in-depth reading and analysis of the documents
provided and my interrogation of several people who were involved with
the Foundation, I was able to form my own personal
opinion as to the events and circumstance surrounding the
derogatory comments about Fr. Vladimir Wolochy and Mrs.
During my inspection of the
documentation, I could not see any evidence, by the
Plaintiffs, supporting their accusations against Fr.
Vladimir Wolochy and Mrs. Irena Krasulak. In fact, the
Plaintiffs did not have one shred of evidence to support
their allegations. They were just allegations. However, I did see evidence by the
Defendant which supported their counterclaims.
It is my opinion that Fr.
Vladimir Wolochy and Mrs. Irena Krasulak had NO case to
One of the Terms of Settlement
was that the Plaintiffs pay the sum of $400.00 to the
Defendants' (Fr. Vladimir Wolochy and Mrs. Irena Krasulak)
solicitor as payment for the publication of a Retraction
The Retraction Statement were
agreed by both parties to publish in The Melbourne Herald
Sun, The Adelaide Advertiser, The Ukrainian "Free Thought"
and "Church and Life" newspapers as well as to be announced
on Ukrainian Language Program on SBS Radio.
This retraction was only
published in the Melbourne Herald Sun, the Adelaide
Advertiser and in the Adelaide Community Newsletter "Nasha
The Terms of Settlement
agreement was not fulfilled, as for some reason, which I am
currently investigating, the Ukrainian "Free Thought" and
"Church and Life" newspapers did not publish the retraction.
As a result of the
non-publication of the retraction, the derogatory comments
and the discrimination against Fr. Vladimir Wolochy and Mrs.
Irena Krasulak continued to fester, hence the current wave
of derogatory comments about them.
The Retractions Notice supports
my conclusion about the allegations of embezzlement and
inappropriate behaviour made during and after Irena
Krasulak's term as President of the Foundation.
In fact, there is strong
supporting evidence that Mrs Irena Krasulak, as President,
was constantly undermined by certain members of the
committee and are still doing it to this day.
I hope, once and for all, the
discrimination and the derogatory comments against Irena
Krasulak and Fr. Vladimir Wolochy stops.
Retractions Newspaper Copies
(Click on links)
The Adelaide Advertiser and Nasha Hromada (Adelaide
Melbourne Herald Sun
As can be seen in the Retraction
Statements, there are three members of the one family on the
Foundation's committee who are mentioned in the retraction. I also noted
that there were a further two members of another family were
on the committee as well.
To me this is equivalent to
cooking the agenda in the family kitchen and presenting a
to the committee.
This type of
committee compositions should be outlawed. There should
never be more that one member of a family or extended family,
including godparents (хресні) on any committee or board in any organisation.
principle should extend to the number of positions a person
can hold in the Ukrainian community. No one person should
hold no more than one position across the board in all
If a person
occupies more than one position:
deprives others from participation in decision making
person occupies more than one position they them are
forcing their ideas, ideals etc. on the whole community.
This is a risky situation and has in the past led to
disenchantment in the community.
Given that the
Ukrainian community provided the vast majority of the funds that
are at the disposal of the Foundation to use in accordance with
the Constitution's "Statement of Purpose", the community has an
absolute right to be made aware of the Foundations activities.
The following statements require responding to:
accusations that was levelled at persons for embezzlement of
funds were not proven; has the Foundation engaged an Auditor
to identity the value of missing funds. The community
demands to see the Audit report, if any.
sale of the apartment in Lviv, Ukraine, by the Foundation,
how were the furniture and equipment disposed of and what
were the proceeds, if any.
alleged that there was in the order of $70,000 - $80,000 in
the various account of the Foundation for period ending 30
June 2005. Please confirm or otherwise by providing the
Financial Statement and Minutes of Meeting for the 2005 AGM.
requires details of the AGM
Financial Statements together with the AGM Minutes of
the Meetings for the subsequent
requires that a
list of committee members and their roles be published in
the Ukrainian newspapers for
all to see.
want to know how many
persons are financial members of the Foundation.
want to know how to become a
financial member of the Foundation.
want to know when and where
is the next AGM to be held.
give equal right of reply, in the same format as this article,
to anyone who wishes to correct any information that I have