Venue 114 is thrilled to be launching another signature ‘In Conversation’ event - In Conversation – Becoming Anti-Racist with former Socceroo captain, award-winning broadcaster, Member of Australian Multicultural Council and Human Rights activist, Craig Foster AM. Scheduled for Friday 22 July at Venue 114, Bokarina and set to be a sellout, this unique breakfast is one not to be missed! Entertainment by Andrea Kirwin
Venue 114 is thrilled to be launching another signature ‘In Conversation’ event - In Conversation – Becoming Anti-Racist with former Socceroo captain, award-winning broadcaster, Member of Australian Multicultural Council and Human Rights activist, Craig Foster AM.
Scheduled for Friday 22 July at Venue 114, Bokarina and set to be a sellout, this unique breakfast is one not to be missed!
Following his retirement from representing Australia on the international Soccer stage, Craig quickly became one of Australia’s most respected sports broadcasters enjoying an 18-year, triple Logie-winning career with Australia’s multicultural broadcaster, Special Broadcasting Service (SBS).
However, as a member of the Australian Multicultural Council, Craig is perhaps equally as well known for his work beyond the field or screen through the social programs he has developed and supports as well as his advocacy for sport and human rights.
His humanitarian activism extends to several, high profile campaigns including #SaveHakeem to free Bahraini refugee Hakeem al-Araibi from a Thai prison for which he was a Finalist for the Australian Human Rights Commission Medal, #GameOver to call for the resettlement and freedom of over 400 refugees and asylum seekers indefinitely detained by Australia in PNG, Nauru and in Australian hotels (Alternative Places of Detention) for over seven years and #PlayForLives which is a humanitarian response by sport to the COVID-19 pandemic which began in Australia and expanded internationally.
In 2021, Craig was instrumental in securing the evacuation of around one hundred predominantly female Afghans from Kabul including the Afghan National Women’s Football Team and Taekwondo athletes, Afghanistan’s several Paralympians who went on to compete at the Tokyo Paralympic Games weeks later and a group of fifteen girls who hid while the Taliban searched for them and ultimately found safety in Australia.
Appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2021 for his significant services to multiculturalism, human rights and refugee support organisations, and to football, Craig dedicated, and shared, the moment with his refugee friends and former Manus Island detainees, Moz Azimitibar and Farhad Bandesh, and Hakeem al-Araibi as well as all refugees seeking safety around the world.
In 2019, the Australian Financial Review recognised Craig as a ‘True Australian Leader’, the Sydney Morning Herald as one of the ‘People that Defined 2019′, he was the recipient of the 2020 NSW Government Humanitarian Award for his work with sport and human rights, an Australian Human Rights Commission Medal finalist, was awarded the Australian Muslim Council 2020 Abyssinian Medal and was a finalist for the NSW 2021 Australian of the Year.
Joining Craig in a powerful and thought-provoking discussion is MC Mackayla Jefferies and panellists David Hollinsworth, Adjunct Professor at the University of the Sunshine Coast; Peppi Bueti, Director, Sunny Comms; Christine Thomas of Cygnet Centre Peacebuilding and Transformation and Walters Nkemfack, Founder and Coordinator of Sunshine Coast African Diapora Community.
Catering by Penfolds Catering and entertainment by Andrea Kirwin.
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