Presented by STARTTS AND FRIENDS OF STARTTS
HYATT REGENCY SYDNEY
161 SUSSEX STREET
Friday 26 Oct 2018 from 6:30pm to 11:55pm (Australia/NSW)
Wednesday 24 Oct 2018 5:00pm (Australia/NSW)
About this event
The annual STARTTS Refugee Ball has established itself over the past nine years as a key event in the social calendar of the community services and multicultural sector in Australia, every year raising vital funds for and awareness of the work that STARTTS does to assist people who have survived torture and trauma.
On the special occasion of our 10th anniversary Refugee Ball and Fundraiser, we invite you to join us at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Sydney, for what promises to be an unforgettable evening of fine dining, fundraising, networking, dancing and an energetic mix of world-class music and cultural performance, as we come together to help heal refugee trauma and promote respect for human rights.
Nyadol Nyuon will join us from Melbourne as our distinguished keynote speaker. Nyadol is a commercial litigator with Arnold Bloch Leibler and a community advocate. She was born in a refugee camp in Itang, Ethiopia, and raised in Kakuma Refugee camp, Kenya. At eighteen, Nyadol moved to Australia as a refugee. Since then she has completed a Bachelor of Arts from Victoria University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Melbourne. Outside her work, and through the experiences of her family and community, Nyadol has developed an interest in issues concerning human rights, multiculturalism, the settlement of refugees and those seeking asylum. She has volunteered extensively in relation to these areas has worked with governmental and non-governmental organisations. In terms of advocacy, Nyadol has presented at varies conferences and forums on issues impacting the settlement of African Australia in Victoria and Australia in general. She regularly appears on the media including recent appearances on the ABC Drum and as a panellist on ABC QandA. In both 2011 and 2014, Nyadol was nominated as one of the hundred most influential African Australians. She is currently a board member of the Melbourne University Social Equity Institute.
The evening will also feature a special performance by 4-time ARIA award-winning and leading Oud virtuoso and composer, Joseph Tawadros AM and live music by triple ARIA award-winning gypsy fusion group, Monsieur Camembert and the Mesopotamian Ensemble Duo.
This year, all funds raised at the Refugee Ball will go towards a vital rights based Campaign: Support Life After Torture. The global Campaign is an initiative of the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT). The IRCT is a global network of torture and trauma rehabilitation centres - more than 160 centres in over 70 countries - that has been fighting for a world without torture for over 30 years. Together with its member centres, the IRCT leads a global movement striving for justice for victims of torture and the prevention of torture and refugee trauma worldwide also ensuring that torture and refugee trauma rehabilitation services globally are able to continue to provide vital medical, psychological and social services. The pilot of the global campaign was launched at the 2017 Refugee Ball and is managed by the NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (STARTTS), an IRCT member centre based in Sydney.
DRESS CODE: Leisure suit
ARRIVAL TIME: 6:30pm for 7:00pm start
(Traditional dress encouraged)
More information: www.refugeeball.org.au
Parking/travel information: https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/australia/hyatt-regency-sydney/sydrs/maps-parking-transportation