Australian Lebanese Foundation

Promoting strengthened bonds between the peoples of Australia and Lebanon and the advancement of the Australian Lebanese community. We do this by supporting cultural exchange, fostering academic and student exchange between The University of Sydney and the Lebanese University, and by providing university scholarships and other forms of support to Australians of Lebanese heritage so that they can enrich their lives through education.

The Foundation welcomes interested members of the community to join them in these endeavours.


Dr May Chidiac

Speaking Dangerously
Following an assassination attempt in which a car bombing left her seriously injured, television journalist and survivor May Chidiac knows too well the price of 'free speech' in a country destabilized by the political pressures of its neighbours.
Dr May Chidiac is a former television journalist and media personality who became well known for her outspoken criticism of the political influence of Syria over Lebanon. On 25th September 2005, Chidiac lost part of her left arm and leg and nearly her life, in one of a tragic series of bombings in Lebanon targeting critics of Syria. Yet despite a long and difficult recovery, on July 2006 she defiantly returned to her role in the media where she continued to speak our for political freedom in Lebanon.
The University of Sydney hosted Dr May Chidiac on her first visit to Australia when she presented a public lecture on 7th May as part of the Sydney Ideas series.
Dr Chidiac was the guest of honour at the ALF Scholarship Dinner on 6th May.

His Beatitude, Patriarch Cardinal Mar Bechara Boutros al-Rahi

A Cardinal Visit
In an historic first, His Beatitude Patriarch Rai, the presiding Patriarch of the Maronite Church and Cardinal of the Catholic Church, visited Sydney in November. This represented the first ever visit of Patriarch Rai to Australia and was welcome news to the majority of Lebanese Christians across Australia. The Maronite Church represents one of the largest Eastern communities of the Catholic Church and is the largest and most politically influential denomination of Lebanese Christians.
The Australian Lebanese Foundaton was honoured to host Patriarch Rai as the guest of honour on 5th November at a cocktail reception and public lecture in the New Law Building Auditorium, followed by a private dinner in MacLaurin Hall.

Patriarch Rahi flyer