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Kon Karapanagiotidis

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Kon Karapanagiotidis is the CEO and founder of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, the largest independent human rights organisation for refugees and people seeking asylum in Australia. They assist thousands of people each year, with the help of over 1200 volunteers and 125 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 and farms planted the seeds for his passion for human rights. He started volunteering at a centre for homeless men at the age of 18, and went on to do volunteer work at 24 other charities.  He also completed 6 degrees, becoming a lawyer, social worker, and teacher. Kon founded the ASRC at the age of 28.

His work has been recognised with over two dozen awards and honours including: an Order of Australia Medal (OAM), a Churchill Fellowship and he was finalist for Australian of The Year (Victoria) & the Human Rights Medal, as well as Citizen of the Year in his local community. His memoir, The Power of Hope is published by HarperCollins Australia. 

Works by Kon Karapanagiotidis
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Monday, September 24

Kon Karapanagiotidis @ The Wheeler Centre, The Power of Hope, 9781460755136 by Kon Karapanagiotidis will be featured on/at:


Wednesday, September 26

Kon Karapanagiotidis @ Sun Theatre, The Power of Hope, 9781460755136 by Kon Karapanagiotidis will be featured on/at:

Sun Theatre, 8 Ballarat Street, Yarraville, VIC, 3013


Thursday, September 27

Kon Karapanagiotidis @ Preston Library, The Power of Hope, 9781460755136 by Kon Karapanagiotidis will be featured on/at:

Preston Library 266 Gower Street Preston, VIC 3072


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