This July, join community sponsorship expert Russell Rook from the UK as he launches a speaking tour to explore how a community refugee sponsorship program can build powerful bonds between sponsors and refugees, strengthen host communities, and foster positive attitudes towards refugees and resettlement in Australia.

Adelaide – Public Forum, 19 July, 17:30

The South Australian Fabians and Welcome to Australia invite you to join us for an evening with Dr Russell Rook, community activist and refugee advocate.
Old Parliament House, Adelaide. Tickets.


Melbourne – Public Forum: Monday 23 July, 730pm to 830pm

Western Bulldogs Club, 417 Barkly Street, Footscray
Dr Russell Rook, Global Refugee Sponsorship Initiative
Tim Watts MP, Federal Member for Gellibrand
Lisa Button, Refugee Policy Expert
To RSVP email Ph: (03) 9687 7661


Bendigo – Public Forum Tuesday 24 July, 6pm to 7.30pm

Bendigo Trades Hall (Meeting Room) 34-40 View St, Bendigo
Dr Russell Rook, Global Refugee Sponsorship Initiative
Lisa Chesters MP, Federal Member for Bendigo
To RSVP email or call 5443 9055.


Melbourne – Policy Roundtable: Wednesday 25 July, 2pm to 3:30pm

Save the Children Australia
33 Lincoln Square, Carlton
Dr Russell Rook, Global Refugee Sponsorship Initiative
Facilitated by Lisa Button, Refugee Policy Expert
Tea and coffee will be provided. Register here.


Canberra – Policy Roundtable – 26 July 2018 5:30pm – 7:00pm

Join us for a discussion with Dr Russell Rook, a leading international expert, who will share his experience in developing the UK’s community-led model of refugee sponsorship, which gives charities, faith groups, churches and businesses the opportunity to support and resettle refugees.

He will be joined by Khanh Hoang from the Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, and Shankar Kasynathan from Amnesty International Australia, who will talk about the history and future of community refugee sponsorship in Australia.

This is a free event, but registration is essential.