Mike Chalmers

CEO at Cafe Outside the Square
Location: Adelaide

Participating in their 6th Vinnies CEO Sleepout

One night isn't a lot, but it can make a whole lot of difference

There are so many people who need our help, but to me the idea of not going home every night is just horrible. That's why I'm happy to help and why I love this event. I worked for quite a while at the Vinnies soup kitchen at Christies Beach, and wow it was an eye opener to see how many people came through there every night, all with their own stories.

That's why we opened Café Outside the Square on Whitmore Square in Adelaide, a purely not-for-profit venture. We help homeless people and other disadvantaged groups, by providing real-time training opportunities in all facets of hospitality operations, ie barista, kitchen, customer service etc. Our pay-it-forward philosophy also extends to our menu, so that when our customers buy our Square Meal of the day, they are then buying two meals for the homeless that night. 

I also own a company called Buyologists, and we help companies save money by buying better. We help them in particular to negotiate better deals on all their significant overhead costs like say power, phones, freight, finance, print, insurance, waste, consumables, etc.. We charge only if we help them save so ours is a true win-win model.

I am fortunate to love what I do. I am also a hubby and dad and those are my favourite jobs of the lot!

So far this year I helped provide

30

Individual support programs

79

Beds

319

Meals

Funds raised over the years

Latest Donations

John Chalmers

Go Mike, Go!

$2.51k
Michael Tellis

Great effort Mike

$1.01k
Bob Thomas

$515
Ayers House - Richard

$515
John Burston

Hey Mike, great to see the work you are doing here. Most of us can't even imagine being homeless, or even hungry. Well done. Best regards, John.

$310
Belinda Hannaford

$310
Matt Gaden

Good on you Mickey, stay warm mate.

$310
Michael Pagsanjan

You lead the way Mike!

$300
David Chalmers

$213
Judith Whitworth

$213
David Chalmers

$208
Moore Stephens (sa) Pty Ltd

Great effort for a worthy cause.

$208
Buildpartners

$208
Mark Young

$200
Luke Eaton

$125
Anonymous
$125
Peter Alderson

Mike, well done on your efforts for a great cause

$125
Geoff Kwitko

You are much braver than me!!!!!

$125
Wayne & Libby Hooper/robertson

Fantastic work Michael. Well done.

$125
Kerry Kingham

$125
Anonymous
$125
Brett Tucker

$125
Graham Burfield, Burfield & Associates

$120
Ben Wilson

Keep up the great work Mike!

$109
Judith Whitworth

$104
Richard Bates

$104
Dave & Gisela Obst

$100
Sustainable Focus Pty Ltd

$100
Anonymous
$100
Geoff Kwitko

Good on you Mikey moo!

$83
Grant Macauley

Great work, Mike. Well done!

$57
Corrie Van Der Keyl

Love your commitment and dedication Mike!

$57
Derek + Anne Harris

Well done for everything you do, Mike.

$57
John Cross

$57
Derek Milligan

Go Mike!!

$57
Steve Scudamore And Anne Last

Way to go Mikey!

$55
Anonymous
$55
Sue Pearce

$55
Luke & Rach Toop

$55
Dr Robert Muller

Great work as usual Mike! Cheers!

$52
Troy Forrest

Great work Mike, and a great cause!

$50
Anonymous
$42
Tony Murphy

Very impressive, Mike. Tony

$42
Antony Murphy

Well done, again, Mike.

$30

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