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Heartbroken farewell to student who died in Norway fall

Kristi Kafcaloudis
Kristi Kafcaloudis

THE family of Kristi Kafcaloudis, who died after falling from Norway's famous Trolltunga Rock, don't want  flowers for her funeral in Nambour today.

They believe their 24-year-old daughter who had a strong passion for humanitarian interests, would prefer to see constructive use made of donations.

They'll be sent either to Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors without Borders) or the Sunshine Coast's Helping Children Smile Charity.

"Kristi wanted to make a difference," her heartbroken mum, Milli said.

"She was planning to do Honours next year at Monash having been inspired during her studies of genocide with Dr Noah Schenker.

"Kristi had written in her diaries many years ago 'history is something I have always found fascinating.  Why, I am not sure, often I find it depressing.  It is a record that people, no matter how good they seem, can sink to unimaginable lows.  It also records the curious turns of fate, hints towards the future and can be incredibly hope giving."

Kristi died at the place they call "heaven on earth".

The family wrote a moving tribute ahead of her 1pm funeral.

"Lost in a heartbeat in a place they call 'heaven on earth', a beautiful young woman with the world at her feet" are the words that form part of her funeral notice.

The family thanked  the Red Cross rescue teams and police from Norway for their efforts to retrieve Kristi from difficult terrain.

They also thanked the University of Bergen, Monash University and the Australian Consulate for their support throughout.

"We really are struggling to get through this day by day, and we are simply concentration on creating a celebration of life that reflect's Kristi's beautiful, unique spirit.

"Our local community has also been so loving and supportive and we would like to thank them from the bottom of our hearts for sharing the love and the pain of such a loss and helping us in so many practical ways, we will never forget that," Milli said.

"We are only consoled by the fact Kristi was doing what she loved with her friends and living a life full of adventure and dreams.

"But we are mortified by the loss of such a talented and lovely young woman with her whole life before her.

"She was quite simply exceptional to us and to her many friends and will remain in our hearts and minds to encourage us to make the best of our lives and reach out to others."

Kristi is survived by her proud mum and dad, Milli and Michael, adored sister Annika and her much-loved grandparents Cameron and Norma Milne

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