In lieu of flowers or gifts, Michael’s family encourages you to make a donation towards clinical trials and germ cell cancer research at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse.
ORDER OF SERVICE
You can view the Order of Service by clicking here.
COVID SAFE GUIDELINES
Friday 10 July from 12 noon to 2 pm.
Sydney Coliseum Theatre, 33 Railway Street, Rooty Hill NSW 2766.
Attendance at this event is by invitation only.
Please download the COVID-19 Safe App, connect your phone to venue wi-fi, and leave your phone on silent mode to ensure the app is effective.
Please complete your RSVP with names and contact details for all attendees. These details will be kept by the venue and funeral directors for 28 days post-event for contact tracing.
In the interests of safety, this will be an adults only event. Children are not permitted to attend.
Jane understands that many guests will not have seen each other for some time, and will want to connect physically on such an emotional day. However, the safety of all guests is of utmost importance and Jane has requested that no guests engage in physical contact (including hugging or handshaking) whilst at the venue.
Seating inside the auditorium will be general admission (with the exception of immediate family, those traveling from Victoria and those speaking or performing). Please sit in groups no larger than six attendees, and allow two seats on either side of each group.
Jane has requested that those traveling from Victoria get a COVID-19 test no later than Wednesday 8th July with negative results received by Thursday 9th July ahead of traveling. When in transit, please wear a mask and practice good respiratory hygiene. Those traveling from Victoria will be seated in allocated seating in their own section of the auditorium.
If you live in the current hotspot suburbs identified by the Victorian government, you must not attend this event.
FOOD AND BEVERAGES
There will be no official proceedings or wake immediately following the funeral due to COVID-19 social distancing restrictions. A number of food and beverage options will be available at Eat St before and after the funeral – for more information please head to https://westhq.com.au/taste/.
Michael’s wish was to shine a light on germ cell cancer and other lesser-known cancers, which require better treatments, clinical trials and resources. Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, where Michael was lovingly cared for during his treatment, is the largest cancer clinical trial centre in New South Wales. Research and trials are carried out by the same clinicians who treat patients, shortening the path between discovery and new treatments.
In lieu of flowers or gifts, Michael’s family has set up a fund in Michael’s memory and encourage you to make a donation to this fund, which will go towards clinical trials and germ cell cancer research at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse. Donations can be made at https://donate.mylifehouse.org.au/tribute/michael-falzon.
HOW TO GET TO SYDNEY COLISEUM
Sydney Coliseum Theatre is located within the West HQ precinct at 33 Railway Street, Rooty Hill NSW 2766.
By train: 10-minute walk from both Rooty Hill and Mt Druitt Train Stations
By car: The venue is 5 minutes from the Powers Road M7 Exit
By bus: The closest bus stops are: Stop Number 276675, Sherbrooke St and Stop Number 276646, North Parade before Sherbrooke St Rooty Hill RSL
West HQ offers 2000 car parking spaces. Parking is free and not time-restricted. Entry to carparks are via North Parade and Railway Street.
Sydney Coliseum Theatre is located within West HQ, a registered club, and to enter you are required to sign in with your driver’s licence, digital driver’s licence or West HQ loyal membership.
You will need to sign in at the entrance to West HQ at concierge using your photo ID at the NEC self-serve kiosks. If using a physical drivers licence or NSW Photocard, simply place the identification card on the scanner and then take a snap. The facial recognition scanners will confirm your identity and issue you with a temporary membership.
All guests under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult or guardian at all times.
Novotel West HQ is located on site and a discounted rate of $150 per room is available for any funeral attendees. Please head to https://www.novotelwesthq.com.au and use SCT100720 when booking to access this rate.
The funeral will be broadcast online for those unable to attend in person. No footage or images of the attendees will be included in this broadcast. Please refrain from using your phone inside the theatre.
Everyone who knew Michael knows how much he loved to dress up. Please dust off your fanciest frocks, your snappiest shoes and dress “Falzon-appropriate” for his final performance – colourful, glamorous, stylish and sharp.
AFTER THE FUNERAL
There will be no official proceedings or wake immediately following the funeral due to COVID-19 social distancing restrictions. We’ve put together a list of some of Michael’s favourite things for you to enjoy before or after this celebration of his life. Please use these suggestions to create your own special experience to remember and celebrate Michael this week.
Michael had very expensive taste when it came to wine – please feel free to use your fanciest glasses and raise a toast in his honour today.
BUBBLES: Billecart-Salmon Brut Rose or any Champagne
WHITE: A good Chablis or a buttery Chardonnay
RED: Central Otago Pinot Noir or an expensive full-bodied red.
SPIRITS: Any peaty Scotch or other whiskey
Michael was a passionate foodie and always enjoyed sharing a meal with his nearest and dearest. Today, choose whatever you’d like to eat – just keep it aggressively vegetarian.
Michael loved woody, earthy and spicy smells. Some good scents to accompany the day would be cedarwood, patchouli and cloves.
For any further enquiries or information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call Kim on 0420 388 453.