You Are Born For Greatness

“If life deals you a bad hand, use it to win anyway. Turn your weaknesses into strength” – Patrick Onek

About Me

Patrick lived his life as a refugee for over 10 years in Kakauma Refugee camp. As a young child, He always had a reoccurring dream, this dream was to live in a place where there wasn’t constant death. Where He could eat as much as his heart and stomach desired, without worrying about what to eat the next day. One day, Patrick received a once in a lifetime ticket. An opportunity per say, a dream come true, to migrate to Australia. He thought this was it! However, he would soon learn that the grass isn’t necessarily greener on the other side. Hire Patrick and hear a tale of hope, perseverance and self-belief. A young mans treacherous journey from a refugee to an Australian citizen.

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Client Testimonials

Patrick was the guest speaker for our recent Diversity and Inclusion event. Patrick was awesome at presenting his life experiences and was very interactive and engaging with the audience. We had plenty of positive feedback from the team who found Patrick's story very captivating and relevant from outlining the benefits of having an inclusive and diverse workplace. I would recommend Patrick to present at future events.
David (Connell Griffin)
It was wonderful to have Patrick present at our recent mental health day for staff. Patrick was engaging, warm, humorous, and was incredibly generous in his sharing of his life experiences. We had lots of feedback from the team who found many aspects of Patrick's story compelling, challenging, and relevant.
Sam (Mind Australia)

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