My name is Fadak Alfayadh and I am a 25-year-old lawyer and community advocate on a mission to embark on Australia’s first ever refugee-led national speaking tour.
I want every Australian to #MeetFadak and hear my story in my own words, but I need your support to make it happen.
15 years ago, I arrived in Australia as a 10-year-old refugee fleeing the invasion of Iraq. I have since grown up with the politics of secrecy, division and injustice that has dominated the conversation with misrepresentations about what it truly means to be a refugee.
I’m tired of having the Australian government tell my story. It’s time I reclaimed it.
I want every Australian to meet me as I share my story in my own words, and collect the powerful stories of lived experience from refugees whose voices should be heard the loudest.
I am supported by Road to Refuge in partnership with Mums 4 Refugees & Maurice Blackburn as we aim to raise $10,000 to bring my storytelling campaign to the forefront of communities all around Australia.
Today, I ask you to stand with me and pledge your support to the #MeetFadak campaign, to tell the real stories of refugees in Australia.
What does the money do?
- Reaching New Communities - I have already locked in 4 stops for my speaking tour and with your help, I will be able to cover the costs that will enable me to travel across every corner of the country
- Uncover New Stories - Through my speaking tour, I want to give other people from refugee communities a nationwide platform, collecting the untold stories of resilience and strength in other communities. I want to film the tour and create a documentary about these stories.
- Sustain My Advocacy - I want to shift opinions and the conversation in Australia about refugees, but change requires a sustained effort. I want this campaign to last long-term until Australia’s policies change.
Thanks also to LUSH Australia and Who Gives A Crap for providing me with additional perks for free in support of my campaign.