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CBC March 2023 Luncheon

Date: Friday 24 March, 2023
Time: 11:45am-2:00pm
Venue: Rydges Campbelltown
Speaker: Craig Foster AM
Topic: From Socceroo to Activist
Dress: Professional Attire
RSVP: 17 March 2023



Craig Foster is a former Australian football player who has become a respected sports broadcaster, social justice advocate, and human rights campaigner. He is a member of the Australian Multicultural Council and works on various social programs, including refugee advocacy. He has been recognised for his humanitarian activism, including his work to free Bahraini refugee Hakeem al-Araibi and to resettle refugees detained by Australia. Craig is also an author, co-author of several books, and an Adjunct Professor of Sport and Social Responsibility with Torrens University. Recently, he has been recognized as Australian Father of the Year and NSW Australian of the Year 2023.

Members and their guests are welcome! Members tickets are complimentary. Guests tickets are available for $132 each (inclusive of gst).

Craig will be speaking on “From Socceroo to Activist.”


RSVP is due Friday 17 March 2023

Please note that guests will need to comply with any health orders that may be laid out by the NSW Government at this time.

Rydges Campbelltown
Contact Person
Debbie Gates
Street Address
15 Old Menangle Rd, Campbelltown
0411 205 063

Special Guests

Following a decorated football career as Australia’s 419th Socceroo and 40th Captain, Craig has become one of Australia’s most respected sportspeople as a broadcaster, a social justice advocate and a human rights campaigner.

As a member of the Australian Multicultural Council, Craig works across a vast range of social programs from indigenous rights and self-determination, homelessness and domestic violence, climate action and gender equality and is particularly well known for his refugee advocacy.

He is also an Ambassador for Amnesty Australia, an advisory council member of the Australian Human Rights Institute, UNSW, and a Director of the Crescent Foundation.

His humanitarian activism extends to several, high profile campaigns including #SaveHakeem to free Bahraini refugee Hakeem al-Araibi from a Thai prison for which he was a Finalist for the Australian Human Rights Commission Medal, and #GameOver to call for the resettlement and freedom of over 400 refugees and asylum seekers indefinitely detained by Australia in PNG, Nauru and in Australian hotels (Alternative Places of Detention) for over seven years.

He is an author and co-author of several books including ‘Fighting for Hakeem’, and writes for the Guardian, The Age and other publications.

In 2019, Craig was recognised by the Australian Financial Review as a ‘True Australian Leader’ and the Sydney Morning Herald as one of the ‘People that Defined 2019′. In 2020, he was the recipient of the NSW Government Humanitarian Award for his work with sport and human rights, was awarded the Australian Muslim Council 2020  Abyssinian Medal and an Australian Human Rights Commission Medal finalist.  In 2021, Craig became a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) which he dedicated to and shared with his refugee friends and former Manus Island detainees, Moz Azimitibar and Farhad Bandesh, and Hakeem al-Araibi as well as all refugees seeking safety around the world.

In 2021, working with Australia’s Immigration Minister, Alex Hawke and Foreign Minister, Marise Payne, Craig used his sporting and political connections to secure the safety of many Afghans. This included the evacuation of around one hundred predominantly female Afghans from Kabul including the Afghan National Women’s Football Team and Taekwondo athletes, Afghanistan’s several Paralympians who went on to compete at the Tokyo Paralympic Games weeks later and a group of fifteen girls who hid while the Taliban searched for them and ultimately found safety in Australia and are the subject of the moving film, ‘Die. or Die trying: Escaping the Taliban.’

Today, Craig covers the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) Champions League for Stan Sport Australia. He also advises on athlete activism for some of Australia’s most prominent sportspeople. Craig holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB), Master’s Degree in International Sports Management and a Postgraduate Degree in Football Management, and is an Adjunct Professor of Sport and Social Responsibility with Torrens University, Australia where he has developed an online course called ‘Sport for Good’ which teaches athletes and sport practitioners how to utilise sport for social justice and progressive issues around the world.

Craig was recognised as Australian Father of the Year in September 2022, and more recently, the NSW Australian of the Year 2023.

Catholic Business Connections (CBC) is an opportunity for business women and men in our diocese (active and retired) who share common values, to network and engage with each other and leaders representing the diocese. CBC gathers three times a year for lunch and to listen to guest speakers chosen to inspire with their unique story and share how they relate their work and spiritual life experience to the context of living in a modern world. Members are also invited to attend Bishop Brian’s End of Year Thank You Gathering.

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