Doing Good Podcast - Amra Naidoo
About This Show
The Doing Good Podcast is your guide to doing good, whether you’re a seasoned do-gooder or just starting out on your journey. Each episode we dive into different social challenges, interviewing leading experts and change makers driving results on-the-ground to expose the issues and deconstruct how to make REAL impact.
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#22 – Kon Karapanagiotidis – Fighting for Refugees, Asylum Seekers, Compassion, Decency & Kindness
In this episode I chat with Kon Karapanagiotidis, CEO & Founder of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre. We speak about the difference between asylum seekers & refugees; what are the national and international laws regarding a person’s right to seek refuge; and, what’s it like to have to flee your home country. Let’s get in to the show. I’m sure you’ve been hearing a lot about asylum seekers and refugees in the news. As a human rights advocated for the past 25 years, a lawyer, social worker, and teach, Kon is the go-to man for everything you want to know about people seeking asylum. At 28, Kon founded the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC). Established in the space of 8 weeks as a class project while a teacher, the ASRC has now gone on to become Australia’s largest organisation helping people seeking asylum. When I first met Kon, he actually took me over to where ASRC was set up - a cute little converted 20sqm fruit shop. Over 12,000 people have now been helped via a team of over 1200 volunteers and 80 staff who deliver 30 life changing programs, all without a cent of Federal Government funding. Kon’ holds 6 degrees in the fields of law, social work, psychology, business, education and international development and his work has been recognised with an Order of Australia Medal, a Churchill Fellowship, La Trobe University Young Achiever Award, Victoria University Alumni of the Year, AHEPA Humanitarian Award, Citizen of the Year by the Maribyrnong City Council and recently voted one of Australia’s 25 most influential people in the social sector by Pro Bono Australia. I can’t wait for you to hear this episode. If you like what you’re hearing please make sure you subscribe, rate & review the podcast. And, we all know that awareness is the first step to creating change so, don’t forget to share your favourite episode with your friends too! Favorite quote from episode: “Bigotry, xenophobia, hate & ignorance, depravity and lack of moral imagination is seizing the global community, right at a time when we need compassion, decency and welcome and kindness” – Kon [10:30] People/ items mentioned in this episode: Asylum Seeker Resource Centre 1951 UNHCR Refugee Convetion