Refugee Ball

Supporting refugees to heal from trauma and build a new life in Australia.

Save the date
Friday 1 November 2019, Hyatt Regency Sydney


Event Details

Save the date: Friday 1 November 2019
6:30pm – 11:59pm, Hyatt Regency Sydney

Hyatt Regency Hotel,
161 Sussex Street, Sydney

Visit the Hyatt Sydney Website

Ticket prices
Public single tickets: $195 (+ booking fee)
Earlybird single tickets: $185 (+ booking fee) until 31 July.
Table of 10: $1,900 (+ booking fee)


Keynote Speaker

Craig Foster – 2019 Refugee Ball Keynote Speaker

Craig Foster is one of Australia’s most renowned and respected footballing identities. He is currently Chief Football Analyst, Presenter and multicultural broadcaster for the SBS.  Following his retirement from professional football, the former Socceroos midfielder became a regular panellist on SBS’ weekly football program of the time, On The Ball. When Foster joined SBS full time, alongside his soon to become lifelong friends and mentors Les Murray and Johnny Warren, he became synonymous with football media coverage in Australia, at the helm of SBS’ hugely popular and successful original football broadcasts. Today, Foster remains a valuable member of SBS’ weekly football forum The World Game. He also formed part of the network’s expert on-air team for the live and exclusive action of the 2006, 2010 and 2018 FIFA World Cups for which he won a Gold Logie Award alongside colleague, Lucy Zelic in 2019 for most outstanding sports coverage.


Craig is a strong voice for equality and social justice and has been a long-time players’ advocate having served for the past five years on the PFA (Professional Footballers’ Association) Executive, and formerly as a director of the PFA’s commercial wing, PFAM (PFA Management). Craig served as a member of the PFA Advisory Board until recently taking up his new position of the PFA’s Chief Executive Officer.

He created the Harmony Game and serves as an ambassador for Football United, Indigenous Football Week, the National Indigenous Championships, as well as Director of John Moriarty Football. An outspoken human rights and refugee advocate, Foster led the global campaign advocating for the release of unlawfully imprisoned Bahraini refugee footballer Hakeem al-Araibi, who was granted protection as a political refugee in Australia in 2014 but was detained upon arrival in Thailand in November 2018 owing to an erroneous Interpol red notice. Craig is an Australia Day ambassador, serves on the Advisory Board of the Australian Human Rights Institute, UNSW and is a member of the Australian Multicultural Council. He graduates from a Bachelor of Law in 2019.

Our Cause

This year funds raised at the ball will locally support the Multicultural Futsal Series (M-Series), and priority areas of the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT).

The M-Series key objective is to provide a platform for newly arrived migrants, their families and communities to build social capital through participating in futsal and football-oriented activities and competitions.

To ensure that torture and refugee trauma rehabilitation services globally are able to continue to provide vital medical, psychological and social services. In the current political environment where torture is no longer seen as a moral outrage and the number of refugees is increasing every year – many centres are seeing reduced funding from donors and governments. Thousands of survivors, including refugees, torture victims, and others fleeing conflict rely on these centres to relieve their pain and guide their recovery.

Find out more about IRCT at


Can’t Attend The Ball? Make a donation instead.

STARTTS works with refugee survivors of war, violence, torture or forced migration. These experiences can be overwhelming and traumatic. By donating to STARTTS you will be contributing to the many innovative and life-changing programs we run to assist individual refugees, community groups and young people. Each year STARTTS helps over 6,000 people start new lives in Australia. Your donation can help us do more.

*STARTTS is a registered charity and all donations over $2 are tax deductible.*


Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors


How can you and your company contribute to The Refugee Ball? Be part of our fundraising activities.

There are many benefits to sponsoring the 2019 Refugee Ball beyond simply helping a good cause. The Ball pulls together a diverse crowd and is an excellent place to meet or have your brand seen by a network of influential and prominent guests. STARTTS’ close connection to the refugee, migrant and multicultural community is well-established. Over 30 years of service we have developed close contacts with community leaders from across the spectrum. Many of these leaders – and also members of their communities attend the Ball every year.

Click here to download the 2019 Sponsorship Prospectus

Celebrating Our 10th Anniversary

Nyadol Nyuon Keynote Speech 2018 Refugee Ball

Jorge Aroche, CEO STARTTS Welcome Speech – 2018 Refugee Ball and Fundraiser

Joseph Tawadros AM, Our Virtuoso and Composer (performing ‘Heal’)

Ethiopian Dance Group

2017 Highlights