Australia for UNHCR supporters once more came together at the annual World Refugee Day breakfast to show that they stand with refugees.

This year the breakfast, which is Australia for UNHCR’s flagship event for the year, not only sold out but also had a record number of corporate tables. Broad community support for refugees was demonstrated by the diversity of guests, who came from sectors including business and financial services, the legal profession, and from organisations such as Settlement Services International, Rotary International, and NSW Teachers Federation.

The breakfast was sponsored by Colonial First State Global Asset Management for the eleventh year running.

More than $180,000 was raised through the breakfast, thanks to the generous support of guests. These funds will go towards building a vocational training centre in Kyaka II refugee settlement in Uganda. Some 27,000 people live in Kyaka II, the majority of whom are under 30, and have limited opportunities for further education and training.

ABC presenter Kumi Taguchi, the host of the event, led the 500-strong audience in standing and joining hands for a photograph to show that together they stood in solidarity with refugees.

Keynote speakers for the event were President and Vice-Chancellor of University of NSW Australia Professor Ian Jacobs, and Mr Deo Masudi, a former refugee from Democratic Republic of Congo shared insights and personal stories from his time in a refugee camp in Kenya, and his experience of finally being welcomed in Australia.

Other speakers were Deputy Regional Representative for UNHCR in Canberra, Mr Nat Jit Lam; Australia for UNHCR National Director Naomi Steer; and Susan Turner, Chief Operating Officer of Colonial First State Global Asset Management.

ABC presenter Ms Kumi Taguchi chats to Mr Deo Masudi, a former refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo

Keynote speaker President and Vice-Chancellor of University of NSW Australia Professor Ian Jacobs addresses the audience

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