Dent Adut, the NSW Australian of the Year is expected to speak as the guest of honour at a community event put together by Generosity Abroad and Alex Greenwich, MP, independent member for Sydney. The event will be held at the NSW Parliament house on Wednesday 30th November 2016. Through the event the organisers aim to raise awareness on how small charities are affecting real change at grassroots levels.
Genevieve Radnan, CEO and Founder of the Australian charity, Gennarosity Abroad, stated: “I am very excited to put together this event and help promote Deng’s story, which connects very well with my own passion to make a difference in the society”.
Gennarosity Abroad is based in Kenya where it works to help improve living standards of future generations through education of girls and women and providing health services to those living in remote and disadvantaged communities. (http://www.gennarosityabroad.org/).
Deng Adut was torn away from his family and conscripted as a child soldier at the age of six before leaving Sudan to arrive in Australia as a refugee where he studied law with the hope of helping those from similar backgrounds, Deng Adut’s fascinating life story is one of trauma and redemption, both heart-breaking and inspiring. After arriving in Sydney, Deng found work at a service station where he learnt English, essential to the studies he would then complete, first an Advanced Diploma of Accounting at TAFE before attending the University of Western Sydney, from which he graduated with a Bachelor of Laws.
Today, Deng works representing other refugees and ensuring their legal rights are protected from a law firm in Blacktown in Western Sydney. He shot to fame in 2015 when University of Western Sydney included him in an advertising campaign that has since received more than 2.5 million views. The advertisement, which offers an abridged snapshot of Deng’s transformation through education from child soldier to refugee lawyer, illustrates how one man has changed the lives of many others.
Deng recently published his first book, Songs of a War Boy, an autobiographical work detailing his inspirational story, overcoming overwhelming adversity to join the legal profession and dedicate his life to protecting the disenfranchised. On 7 November 2016 Deng was named as the NSW Australian of the Year, beating many other admirable candidates. This places Deng in the running to become Australian of the Year in January 2017.
Bookings for the event can be done through the following link : https://www.trybooking.com/NRWF
Tickets $120 Adults – $500 for group booking of 5 adults and $70 Concession (students, pensioners)
Enquiries: 0400224429 or by email : firstname.lastname@example.org
This is a sponsored article paid by Gennarosity Abroad