Chief Football Analyst – SBS, ex Australian Footballer
Craig Foster AM is a former player with, and captain of, the Socceroos. A highly respected media presenter, Craig is also a global advocate for diversity and social harmony, known for his contribution to Australian society well beyond the playing field.
In 2018/19, Craig lead a successful global lobbying campaign for an imprisoned young, refugee footballer in a Thai prison, Hakeem al-Araibi, who was in danger of extradition to Bahrain where he faced a repeat of torture suffered in 2012 after speaking out against a member of the Royal family. Craig was personally thanked by the Australian Foreign Minister, Marise Payne and Prime Minister, Scott Morrison and acknowledged by FIFA for leading the global advocacy campaign.
Craig is also a member of the Multicultural Council of Australia, tasked with ensuring the ongoing social harmony of Australia’s diverse and changing population and works with a vast range of social programs in indigenous football, homelessness, domestic violence, refugee advocacy as an Ambassador for Human Rights and Refugees with Amnesty Australia.
Heralding from the Northern Rivers of NSW, Craig was first drawn to Shake It Up after hearing the inspirational story of brothers Clyde and Greg Campbell who also grew up in the Northern Rivers. Since then his passion to contribute to a cure and to improve the lives of so many Aussie families has grown as he has learnt more about Parkinson’s, it’s prevalence and the far reaching effect it has individuals, families and the community.
Craig hopes that through his support he can build awareness and encourage others to join with him and the Shake It Up community as we strive for better treatments and ultimately a cure for Parkinson’s.
Here Craig Foster explains why he is so committed to supporting Shake It Up.