George Halkias is a well respected community figure who has supported vulnerable Australians for almost 20 years.
With post graduate qualifications in psychology, his experience includes managing a state-wide support service for victims of violent crime and training police graduates in the area of victim rights and support.
George is best known for the development of the Big Issue Street Soccer Program which uses soccer to engage and develop homeless and marginalized people. In this role he has coached and coordinated Australian teams at 6 Homeless World Cup events: Edinburgh 2005, Cape Town 2006, Copenhagen 2007, Melbourne 2008, Milan 2009 and Paris 2011.
He was instrumental in successfully bidding for and staging the 2008 Melbourne Homeless World Cup and his role included sourcing corporate sponsorship and acting as the public face of the event.
George’s experience with his team in Cape Town was profiled on the ABC’s Australian Story while his Melbourne campaign was documented by Channel 10. He has made countless appearances on television and radio and is a brilliant media performer.
Whilst still involved in the Street Soccer Program which has expanded across Australia, George also acts as a leadership coach, athlete mentor and works with prisoners with intellectual disabilities.
A unique speaker, George blends confidence, charisma and passion with insight and knowledge. His sincere and heart-felt presentations make sometimes serious topics stimulating, entertaining and uplifting. His speeches have a huge impact on his audiences and have the power not only to educate but to inspire and motivate people to achieve their best and also contribute to society. His fun and interesting stories are drawn from his unique work experience and travels captivating those who are fortunate to listen to him.
George’s presentations have been adapted to different forums that have included business functions, corporate staff development sessions, sporting functions and fundraisers.
George also has vast experience as an MC and facilitator working on some large scale sporting, corporate and community events.
Excellent – arrived early, was engaging – hit the topic exactly.
Phoenix Community School
I had very positive feedback last night and this morning too! You’re a great speaker and your story is very inspirational. Our staff work with marginalised people every day, but hearing other people’s stories helps put our experiences into perspective. And your story did just that. It also re-energises us and reminds us that we can all make a difference in some way! So, thank YOU for sharing your time and your story with us. We really appreciate it!
Marketing and Communications Officer, Inspiro
The feedback from students about your presentation has been excellent. The students were really inspired by your take on Leadership and moved by your personal story. I can’t thank you enough for your involvement in the camp and look forward to booking you again next year.
Operations and Special Projects, Cystic Fibrosis Victoria
Blokes attending the Melton Men’s Shed during Men’s Health Week were delighted by George’s insights and infectious passion for helping homeless men and women recapture their sense of self-worth through participation, locally and internationally, in street soccer. George clearly loves life and, as a keynote speaker, he has a way of infecting others with his zeal for community service. Well done, George.
Men’s Shed Development Officer, Melton Shire
Your presentation was really good and inspiring. The verbal feedback we’ve received have been nothing but positive. Your story was very interesting and I think it really kept the audience engaged. It was certainly a presentation that had people still talking about it the next day so I think you’ve made a very positive impression and raised a lot of awareness of the topics/your work.
Australasian College of Emergency Medicine
George’s passion for helping others is truly inspirational. His presentations are professional, dynamic and moving. Listening to George is a life changing experience.
Marketing Director, Amity Group
George has the capacity to captivate an audience with his amazing stories and breathtaking commitment to human causes.
Director, Logistics Events Australia
George is truly a people person. He relates to everyone and through his positivity and encouragement makes people want to achieve their best.
Indonesian Fellows’ Public Health Leadership course at the Nossal Institute. Feedback is below – doesn’t get any better! Indonesian Fellows’ Public Health Leadership course at the Nossal Institute. Feedback is below – doesn’t get any better! "Many thanks, again, for your tremendous contribution today to the Indonesian Fellows’ Public Health Leadership course at the Nossal Institute. Feedback is below – doesn’t get any better!"
Senior Project Officer, Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Unit
"Excellent" George was personable, friendly and entertaining. His story was compelling, and all in attendance were riveted.
George was great! He read the audience really well and definately spoke to the themes of our evening. The feedback we received about George was really positive and he himself is such a gentle and inspiring man. He perfectly kicked off a wonderful Careers Night. Thanks George!
Hoppers Crossing Secondary College