Walking Together: Honouring the Legacy of William Cooper

Join Courage to Care in Walking Together to honour the legacy of William Cooper

Courage to Care will walk together with friends and allies in remembrance and appreciation of William Cooper and to reciprocate the march that he led on the German Consulate in Melbourne on the 6 December 1938. While world leadership in silent disbelief watched the events of Kristallnacht, Uncle William Cooper, the Secretary of the Australian Aborigines’ League and an elder of the Yorta Yorta, led the only known private protest against the Nazi regime.

At a time when Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders people were themselves denied citizenship and other basic human rights, and when they were frequently subjected to appalling physical, social and economic hardships, he chose to stand for the Jewish community of Germany.

Today, exactly 80 years later, we honour William Cooper’s memory and legacy.

6:30 pm         Opening Ceremony and Remembrance Walk (Separation Memorial, Flagstaff Gardens)

8:00 pm         Smoking Ceremony and Chanukiah Lighting (Peppercorn Park, Alexandra Gardens)

  CLICK on the map to see the route


Commemorative T-shirts

Available by mail order from William Cooper’s Legacy site 

Or you can pick one up personally from the Courage to Care office 843A Glenhuntly Road Elsternwick.

$29  size: L M S    Cash or card payment

Statement from the chairman on the shootings at Tree of Life Synagogue Pittsburgh

The shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue Pittsburgh on Saturday 27 October has shocked and outraged us all. Courage to Care Victoria joins with all sensible people to condemn such actions. How can we accept that a “hate crime” still occurs in modern society and that nothing changes?

As the global discussion shifts to what can be done to prevent future violence, we firmly believe that education on the dangers of racism, discrimination and prejudice is a significant part of the solution. 

As an initiative of B’nai B’rith, a global Jewish service organisation, we are all too familiar with such hatred-fueled violence, and we are dedicated to doing something about it. Educating Australians and empowering them to step up and speak out against this kind of hate is our mission.

As Edmund Burke is quoted as saying, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good people to do nothing.”

It’s time for good people to do something.

Dr Tony Weldon FRACP OAM
Chairman, Courage to Care Victoria


Annual Review 2018


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New Committee of Management, new CEO, and new offices

The Courage to Care Annual General Meeting saw a restructured Committee of Management, with six new team members and a new, streamlined configuration for our sub-committees.