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King Michael I of Romania

King Michael I of Romania
King Michael I of Romania
Petrisor Ostafie and King Michael I at the award ceremony with Marc S. Ellenbogen
Hanno R. Ellenbogen Award Recipient

His Majesty King Michael I of Romania (b. 1922). King Michael of Romania is a Prince of the Hohenzollern family and a descendant of the first King of Romania, Ferdinand I. He has twice been Head of State in Romania: from 1927-1930 and from 1940-1947, when he was deposed by the Communists, stripped of his citizenship, and banished from the country. Over the next fifty-five years he worked as a mechanic, commercial pilot and businessman and, with his wife Queen Anne,Princess of Bourbon-Parma, brought up their five daughters. In 1997 he said in an interview:“The King is head of state but he is also the first servant of the people. Never forget that."

King Michael donated the financial part of his award to Petrisor Ostafie. Petrisor is a student of Medical Bio-engineering in Iasi. He is an example of someone who, on receiving something, returns more than was given. He proved this by being first a volunteer and then a member of the Board of the Alaturi de Voi (Close to You) Romania Foundation. In addition, his courage in speaking on numerous ocasions about what it means to be living with HIV has become an example for many young people in thesame situation. Petrisor has spent over 4000 hours of voluntary work on programs developed by the Alaturi de Voi Romania Foundation and has brought hope to over 200 young people living with HIV.

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