BOOKED OUT – Be inspired: Deng Thiak Adut at Books and Blokes

Posted on September 12, 2016

From child soldier to refugee lawyer: Listen to Deng Thiak Adut’s inspiring journey

When: Friday 28 October 2016

Where: Resources Centre

Time: 7.30am

RSVP: This event has booked out but will be live streamed here. Streaming will begin at 7.40am. 

St Joseph’s College is thrilled to announce Deng Thiak Adut and his biographer Ben Mckelvey will be Term 4’s Books and Blokes speakers. Deng Adut visited the College last year and spoke to the boys at assembly. It was a remarkable speech and left all who were in attendance in awe of what he has overcome and how much he has achieved.

Deng’s incredible story has inspired millions of people around the world. The WSU YouTube clip, which features his journey from child soldier to criminal lawyer, has attracted more than two million views.

Deng came to Australia as a refugee at the age of 14, assisted by Marist Youth Care in Blacktown. After being taken away from his family when he was six-years-old, he lived as a child soldier in Sudan. He had never attended school, yet after arriving in Australia, Deng taught himself to read and write and ultimately put himself through law school.

Deng now works as a criminal lawyer and is committed to making a positive difference to the lives of others.  He devotes many hours of his personal time every week to activities such as mentoring, advising and supporting members of the community.

This event is now booked out.