Asylum Seekers Resource Centre (ASRC)
Since opening its doors in 2001 by founder and current CEO Kon Karapanagiotidid, the ASRC has become the largest provider of aid, advocacy and health services for asylum seekers in Australia.
The ASRC currently works with over 1150 asylum seekers to provide direct aid and support as they seek refugee status in Australia, and in the last 10 years they have assisted over 7,000 people seeking asylum, providing more than 1 million hours of free help, vowing not to turn any person in need away.
Igniting Change first visited ASRC in 2002
when they were in a one rented room above a shop in Footscray. We were immediately inspired by their work and enable support for their funding through our visits to meet the people, feel the issues. To date, Igniting Change has ignited over $520K in funding and encouraged trhe donation of goods and new volunteers.
Alarmingly, the ASRC no not receive any funding from the Australian Government and so they rely predominantly of community support, employing 24 full time staff and relying on 800 dedicated volunteers. As such, Igniting Change has remained involved and through our visits have been inspired to see the person, not the label, with
many people fleeing horrific circumstances through no fault of their own, and in desperate need of humanitarian support. In the last 18 months, our visits have inspired and enabled over $250K in funds, inspired new volunteers, and facilitated donations of goods.