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

Dockside, Cockle Bay Wharf

Friday, 3rd November 2023


Event Details

Event Details:

3rd November 2023

6:30pm – 11:30pm

Dockside, Cockle Bay Wharf, SYDNEY


Expressions of Interest
Sponsorship Opportunities and Corporate Tables available


Event Details

The annual  STARTTS Refugee Ball has established itself over the past thirteen years as a key event in the social calendar of the multicultural and community services sector in Australia, every year raising vital funds for and awareness of the work that STARTTS does to assist people who have survived torture and trauma.

We invite you to join us to celebrate the 14th Refugee Ball and Fundraiser for a memorable evening of engaging speakers, fundraising, and an energetic mix of world-class live music and cultural performance as we come together to help heal refugee trauma and promote respect for human rights.

The Refugee Ball is Proudly presented in partnership with Friends of STARTTS
Friends of STARTTS (FOS) is an Australian registered charity that supports the work of STARTTS (Services for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors) and refugee transition programs.


Our Cause

Where your money goes – Fundraising for 2023

This year, funds raised at the Refugee Ball will go towards supporting STARTTS body-focused program which includes a range of complementary therapies to help people heal from experiences of torture and refugee trauma.

Funds will also go towards

Supporting priority areas of the Ukrainian NGO Barrier Free Ukraine which is a center for coordinating expertise and promoting barrier-freeness as a new social norm. The organisation is an executive partner of First Lady Olena Zelenska’s initiatives “Without Barriers” and the All-Ukrainian mental health program.

NGO “Barrier-free” promotes values ​​that allow residents of Ukraine to participate as fully as possible in social, economic, and political life, relying on their dignity.

After the full-scale invasion by Russia, one of the organisation’s activities became advocacy for changes in the field of mental health both at the level of the state and public consciousness.


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.*




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

There are many benefits to sponsoring the Refugee Ball beyond simply helping a good cause. The Ball pulls together a diverse crowd and is an excellent place to 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 34 years of uninterrupted service provision 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 register to receive the 2023 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

Refugee Ball Highlights