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The STARTTS 10th Anniversary Refugee Ball 2018

Held on Friday 26 October 2018
6:30pm – midnight
Hyatt Regency Sydney
161 Sussex Street
NSW Sydney, 2000

On the special occasion of our tenth anniversary of the Refugee Ball, we held the event at the stunning Hyatt Regency Hotel, Sydney, which was an unforgettable evening of fine dining, fundraising, networking, dancing and an energetic mix of world-class music and cultural performance, as we came together to help heal refugee trauma and promote respect for human rights.

Nyadol Nyuon was 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 18, 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 various conferences and forums on issues impacting the settlement of African Australians in Victoria and Australia in general. She regularly appears on the media including recent appearances on ABC’s The Drum and as a panellist on the ABC’s Q&A. She is currently a board member of the Melbourne University Social Equity Institute. In both 2011 and 2014, Nyadol was nominated as one of the hundred most influential African Australians.

With a line up of dynamic guest speakers, the evening featured a special performance by 4-time ARIA award-winning and world 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 and more!

The money raised at the annual Refugee Ball helped fund some of the most vital and innovative projects that support people from refugee backgrounds in NSW.  This year all funds raised went towards the rights based global campaign: ‘Support Life After Torture’’.

The Support Life after Torture 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. Learn more about the global campaign at

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