This Saturday the 20th June we’re calling on our amazing and generous  community of compassion to join us in a celebration of the strength and resilience of refugees at the ASRC Telethon on World Refugee Day.

World Refugee Day rounds out Refugee Week 

Launched in 1986 Refugee Week is a celebration of the contribution, richness and diversity that refugees and people seeking asylum add to Australia’s cultural identity. World Refugee Day falls on June 20th each year and is a global recognition of the strength and resilience of refugees.  

So what is the ASRC’s Telethon on World Refugee Day?

The Telethon is a live fundraising appeal held from 7am until 10pm at the ASRC’s ‘Home of Hope’ in Footscray, Melbourne. 

The event will be live-streamed on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and the ASRC team will be joined by Australia’s favourite celebrities, media personalities, advocates, musicians and artists plus supporters and partners as they unite to raise vital funds for the ASRC’s important services. 

Watch live for breaking news, interviews, messages of support, musical performances and telethon updates or call up to make a donation and speak to your favourite celebrities and performers.

Join in the fun on the day and register for a reminder here.

“If you believe that everyone deserves the right to seek safety and freedom and that Australia really is a compassionate nation for all, then stand with us at the ASRC Telethon on World Refugee Day, Saturday, 20th June. Help us raise vital funds for the ASRC to continue to ensure a better life for people seeking asylum in Australia. There has never been a more important time to stand with refugees,”

Kon Karapanagiotidis

Friends supporting us on World Refugee Day 2020

We will be joined again this year in the centre or remotely by ASRC Patrons, ASRC Ambassadors and celebrity friends including:

Abbey Rich Ali Barter Angela Pippos Angie McMahon Angus McDonald Archie Roach
Arnold Zable Beci Oprin Ben Brown Benjamin Birchall Benjamin Law Brian Nankervis
Caitlin Shearer Carolyn Creswell Christian Hull Christine Milne CLare Bowditch Constance Hall
Courtney Act Damon G and the 2040 team Dani Valent Danny McGinaly Diana Nguyen Dr Abbie Acupuncture
Emily Gale Emma Vosti Emmylou MacCarthy Erika Haynetz Eskimo Joe Jackson Gallagher
Fractures Geraldine Hakewell Goldheist (Hester Fraser) Gordi Gracie Otto James McKay
Jason Gillespie John Butler Judith Lucy Julia Jacklin Kayleigh Heydon Lehmo
Lisa Mitchell Lois Hazel Lola Berry Madeleine West Madeline Hills Madison Griffiths
Mahalia Barnes Mark Seymour Millie Ross Minna Leunig Pey Chi Polly Harding
Priya Serrao Robyn Rich Sharon Johal Tammie Fraser Tim Ferguson Plus many more…
Tom Ballard Vanessa Amarossi Virginia Gay Zana Frallion Tim Minchin

Join us at the ASRC Telethon on World Refugee Day this Saturday, 20th June to stand with refugees and stand united with a community of people who believe in a compassionate Australia and a better future for people seeking asylum. 

When you stand in solidarity with refugees at the ASRC Telethon on World Refugee Day, you are helping to create a more welcoming and inclusive Australia for people seeking asylum.

How to get involved

Tune in to our social media channels 
From 7am to 10pm this Saturday (20th June).

RSVP to the
ASRC Telethon on World Refugee Day Facebook event to let your friends know about this event and receive updates throughout the day.

Or follow along on our social media channels:
Watch the fun on ASRC Facebook 
Twitter: @ASRC1
Instagram: @ASRC1

To make a donation
Make a donation to support the ASRC’s programs and services. Your Donation helps the ASRC support and empower more than 6,000 people seeking asylum and refugees each year. 

Donating is easy
Call 1300 692 772 (or 1300 MYASRC) on Saturday 20th June
Donate online NOW at
SMS ‘HOPE’ to 0437 371 371 to donate on the day

 Other ways you can help

The Telethon Auction
Bid on the ASRC Telethon’s “Lots of Hope” auction items. From celebrity meet and greets, to artworks, homewares, wine, food, experiences and more.

Ikea raffle
Purchase a raffle ticket to win a $1,500 IKEA gift card to use in-store (open to Victorian residents only, IKEA Springvale or Richmond) or online at Plus, a free 60 minute personalised, virtual, interior design consultation (valued at $79).

All items and raffle tickets are available at with raffle ticket sales and auction bids open until 10pm, 20th June. 

Shake your own donation tin
Collect donations by rattling your own virtual donation tin. Sign up to raise funds for the ASRC Telethon here:

Wear your support on your sleeve
Shop a range of eco-friendly ASRC gifts for a friend or items for you. View our ASRC gifts here.

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