Beaumaris Books

Beaumaris Books
In association with Harper Collins  publishers proudly presents an evening with

Founder of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre & renowned human rights advocate-

KON KARAPANAGIOTIDIS

Discussing his powerful & inspiring new memoir

The Power of Hope

 

$10 from EVERY BOOK SOLD will be

Donated to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre

When:      Thursday 9th August, 7.30pm

                  *Doors will not be open before 7.00pm*

Where:     BEAUMARIS MOTOR YACHT SQUADRON 

                 Beach Rd near the corner of Cromer Rd, Beaumaris                              

Cost:      $60 includes admission, finger food
               AND a copy of  The Power of Hope      

               Ticket only $40

               Beverages at bar prices.
       **Phone credit card bookings accepted**

Phone: 9589 4638
E-mail: read@beaumarisbooks.com.au     
           Bookings Essential

 

I was 18 and my first volunteer job was in a homeless drop-in centre. I found more compassion and kindness in a drop-in centre full of homeless men who had lost everything than I ever had with a bunch of middle-class kids at school or at university. And I was like, Ah. I'm home now. This is where I belong. These are my people. This is my community.'Kon Karapangiotidis

 

The Power of Hope tells the heartbreaking story of one migrant boy, his journey from despair to optimism, and the extraordinary organisation he founded. Kon’s incredible story demonstrates that by putting community, love and compassion at the centre of our lives, we have the power to change our world. 

                                
Kon Karapanagiotidis  is the CEO and founder of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre. The ASRC are now the largest independent human rights organisation for refugees and people seeking asylum in Australia. They assist around 4600 people seeking asylum each year, with the help of over 1000 volunteers and 100 staff. Kon grew up in a working class family in a small country town in Victoria. His personal experience of racism and witnessing the exploitation of his parents in factories planted the seeds for his passion for human rights. He started early, by volunteering at a centre for homeless men at the age of 18, and went on to become a lawyer, social worker, and teacher. He has been recognised as an Australian of the Year finalist in 2007 was awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 2010 and an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in 2011

 

Written by Andrew Martin — May 22, 2018