Cody* shook my hand firmly and sat down across from me in the bustling cafe. Clean-shaven and neatly dressed with a nervous smile on his face, he introduced himself and proudly opened his portfolio on the table. It contained a well-written resume, a range of course certificates and his White Card. Although shy, he was enthusiastic and excitedly told me, his youthworker, that he was ready to work any job necessary to build experience and skills so that one day he could achieve his dream of a career in the Defence Force. Within moments it was clear to me that this 17-year old presented himself better than many middle-aged executives in suits I had interviewed during my former IT career. No one would have guessed that this young man had survived an abusive childhood and had no idea where his next meal would come from, let alone where he was sleeping that night.
Coming up on the 29th of June during a Winter’s night in Adelaide, I’ll be sleeping rough for Cody* and the many other young people, single mothers and families that I had the pleasure and privilege of knowing during my time spent working in the Community Services sector a number of years ago.
Today, with the ongoing growth of my business, Ochre Dawn Creative Industries, I have the great joy of being able to provide employment and work experience opportunities for people like Cody*.
The CEO Sleepout is a cause that is close to my heart and I would greatly appreciate your support in contributing to the vital services of Vinnies in our community.
If you’re wondering what to give, perhaps think of your donation as a way of providing a little warmth to those like Cody* facing the harsh elements this Winter, such as:
– a hot cuppa ($4.50)
– a hot lunch ($20)
– a warm blanket ($50)
– a warm room for the night ($100)
You know the saying… every dollar counts.
And if you’re a CEO reading this, consider joining me for what is sure to be a memorable and impactful event.
Thank you for your support.
*Name changed for privacy reasons.
Ochre Dawn Creative Industries is a marketing company with a difference. We believe everyone has a unique story to tell and we share the stories of organisations in visually captivating ways. Our services range from promotional products, corporate gifts and uniforms, to digital marketing such as email branding, graphic design and web development, however our specialty is the collaborative work we do with Aboriginal artists to produce authentic artwork for commercial purposes and provide them with ongoing, sustainable income.