Tim Costello – Lambie-Dew Orator 2005
MedSoc proudly presents the 2005 Lambie-Dew Oration
Speaker: Tim Costello, CEO World Vision Australia
Venue: The Great Hall, University of Sydney
Date: Tuesday 9th August
Time: commences 6:30 pm (doors open from 6 pm)
Catering: dinner and soft drinks provided after the oration
RSVP: Thursday 4th August to Tom Ward at email@example.com
As Chief Executive of World Vision, Australia’s largest overseas Aid
organization, Tim Costello has established a strong public presence in the fight against global poverty. Tim has travelled to Cambodia, Myanmar, Zimbabwe, Uganda, and Sudan where in Darfur he witnessed ethnic tensions erupt into genocide. After the Tsunami struck Aceh on Boxing Day 2004, Tim responded immediately by travelling to the disaster area - his presence and media profile added significant weight to the World Vision appeal which ultimately raised more than 80 million dollars.
Prior to joining World Vision, Tim has long been the public face of social conscience for Australians, having led many debates on tough domestic issues including gambling, urban poverty, homelessness, reconciliation and substance abuse. He did this through his ministry at Collins Street Baptist Church between 1995 –2003, where he was also Executive Director of Urban Seed, a Christian not-for-profit organisation that provides outreach and hospitality services to the urban poor. He was also a significant social advocate in his joint role as Minister and lawyer at St Kilda Baptist Church between 1986–1994.
Tim was elected Mayor of St Kilda in 1993 and in July 2004 he was awarded ‘Victorian of the Year’.
Mr Costello is currently Chairman of the National Australia Bank external Stakeholder forum, a member of the Alcohol Education and Rehabilitation Foundation and a member of the National Aid Advisory Council. He has written several books including: Streets of Hope: Finding God in St Kilda, Tips from a Travelling Soul Searcher and Wanna Bet? Winners and Losers in Gambling’s Luck Myth, co-written by Royce Millar.
Pictured: Tim Costello at the announcement of his new role as chief executive of World Vision Australia. Image source.