This is a story we have all longed for – a story of courage, resilience, hope and hearts filled with compassionate friendship. Para Paheer grew up in war torn Sri Lanka, and with his family, faced tragic consequences of violence and ruthless politics. He was thirty-one when he was rescued from the Indian Ocean while sailing to Australia to seek asylum. While in Christmas Island Detention Centre Para became penfriends with Alison Corke, a member of the Apollo Bay branch of Rural Australians for Refugees, in Victoria. On his release from detention in 2011, Para moved in with the Corke family. The Power of Good People is the collaboration of Alison and Para. The book is an ode to the courageous people without whom he would not have survived.
Professor Gillian Triggs, Former President of the Australian Human Rights Commission, will introduce the event.
Sunday 10th December at 2:30pm
Panther Place, Eltham
$30.00 ticket per couple
Includes a copy of the book or a $20.00 gift voucher, an opportunity to hear the story from Para and Alison & Tamil afternoon tea
Prepaid Bookings via Eltham Bookshop are essential:
T. (03) 9439 8700
970 Main Road, Eltham, 3095
10% of the sales will go to a collection of books for Tamil children-in-need.