Tony Hoang’s amazing experience growing up in the drug capital of Australia as an ex-gang member and drug dealer for almost a decade is set to shock and inspire any audience.
With 13 friends dead, 6 of which were murdered, Tony’s unique ability to present his story in an educational and impacting way is rare and powerful.
Liverpool Leader reported that Liverpool council has waived $19,000 in fees for the pastor of Potters House Liverpool to help keep his Big Heart Big Vision program running out of the Green Valley Community Centre until December 2016.
“We’re often the last stop for people,” he said.
“People often come after burning all bridges with family and friends and social services.
“They’re at the end of themselves and don’t know where else to turn.”
He said he helped people through his ministry, with the church being his foundation, because “I know how it feels”.
In 2006 Tony was compelled to share his story in hopes to inspire youths off the path of destruction he was once on. So impacting was his story that a multimedia drama production was scripted and performed across Australia with fantastic outcomes.
In 2008 his story caught the attention of two Australian national television programs such as Channel 7’s “Gangs of Oz” and SBS “Once Upon a Time in Cabramatta”, he has been featured in over 30 news articles and interviewed on some of the top rated radio stations across Australia and New Zealand.
“I was a broken man and asked God for a sign, and the next day I got that sign and have never looked back.”
Now 10 years later, Mr Hoang has made it his mission to reach disadvantaged and low socio-economic communities in Liverpool.
“I have been working with the Fairfield community, and after seeing such great results there I have decided to move into Liverpool,” he said.
Liverpool Mayor Ned Mannoun said the work Mr Hoang did was “amazing”.
“His story is one of hope … he’s helping the community and prevent people from going down his same path when he was younger and that’s invaluable in the community. You can’t manufacture that.”
At last month’s council meeting Cr Mannoun said Mr Hoang’s life is a compelling story about the dangers young people can fall into and the need to find positive direction and guidance.
“Now that he has waled his journey of reform and rehabilitation, he connects with at risk youth about the story of his life.”
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