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

95

Individual support programs

250

Beds

1003

Meals

Funds raised over the years

Latest Donations

Blackbird It

Cheers from all the team at Blackbird IT

$2.51k
John Chalmers

Go Mike, Go!

$2.51k
Michael Tellis

Great effort Mike

$1.01k
Mije P

$760
Theon Bruse

$600
Bob Thomas

$515
Ayers House - Richard

$515
Anthony Lee

$515
Terry Gold

$515
Mark Hender

$515
Joel Wilkinson

Keep it up Mike!

$515
Stuart Snyder

$510
Jega Balakrishnan

$501
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
Robert Coren

$310
Dedicated Systems Australia

Great Work Guys!

$310
Mark Browne

Go you good thing!

$310
James Begley

Great work Mike. Pickstar team wishes you all the best

$310
Belinda Hannaford

$310
Anonymous
$310
David Schultz

You are an inspiration Mike.

$310
Helen

great work - love your efforts

$310
Matt Gaden

Good on you Mickey, stay warm mate.

$310
Anonymous
$310
Graham Williams

$310
Darren Schulz

$310
Tim Storer

$310
Michael Pagsanjan

You lead the way Mike!

$300
Shauna Trueman

Good luck Mikey - love your commitment and enthusiasm xx

$300
Jc & Dani Chalmers

$300
Rob Hill-smith

Great cause and best wishes for future continued success in every aspect.

$260
Gus Czechowicz

GRRRRRRRR! Pack that extra large Teddy Bear for optimal cuddling..... it’s going to be cold out there !!!!

$229
David Chalmers

$213
Judith Whitworth

$213
David Chalmers

$208
Natasha Miliotis

Your work benefits so many, it is a pleasure to support you in this small way, Natasha x x

$208
Jenny Briggs

Great effort again this year Mike!

$208
Moore Stephens (sa) Pty Ltd

Great effort for a worthy cause.

$208
Buildpartners

$208
Raymond Khabbaz

Great Work Mike, hoping you get to your goal of $30KR

$200
Novatech Creative Event Technology

$200
Mark Young

$200
Luke Eaton

$125
Anonymous
$125
Peter Alderson

Mike, well done on your efforts for a great cause

$125
Peter Schar

$125
Geoff Kwitko

You are much braver than me!!!!!

$125
Daniel

$125
Wayne & Libby Hooper/robertson

Fantastic work Michael. Well done.

$125
Kerry Kingham

$125
Strauss Viljoen

$125
Anonymous
$125
Carolyn Grantskalns

Great work Mike.

$125
Kate & Stuart White

Great work Mike!

$125
Paul Vink

$125
Anonymous
$125
Robert Last

Happy dreams

$125
Trudie Cain

Well done Mike on supporting this fantastic cause once again.

$125
Susan Treglown

God work, Mike!

$125
Rose Vis

All the best Mike!

$125
Matt Haney

$125
Anonymous
$125
Paul Moroney

$125
John Freeth

Hi Mike, Glad to support - I'm back in Glenelg and living here for the next year - perhaps coffee sometime? Cheers John

$125
Sigrid Frede

Hi Michael, love to continue to support your great cause. Siggi

$125
Vince Nicita

Great work Mike!

$125
Brett Tucker

$125
Gary Thomas

Good luck and sleep tight its going to be a freezing night.

$125
Michael Dadds

$125
Margaret Tiller

$125
Nicholas Lienert

$125
Randy Larcombe

$125
Tobias Staheli

$120
Graham Burfield, Burfield & Associates

$120
Anonymous
$120
Matthew Stead

$120
Rick And Elizabeth Ferguson

$120
Neil Styles

$120
Ben Wilson

Keep up the great work Mike!

$109
Peter Moschakis

Well done yet again Mike... inspirational and of course legendary!

$104
Russell Heyzer

$104
Uma & Nada Ganesan

$104
John Funder

Mike - You are a ripper - Cheers - JWF.

$104
Judith Whitworth

Go Mikey

$104
Kym R.

Rug up for an amazing cause

$104
Anthea Greig

Hope the weather is kind to you all the best - good for you

$104
Brian Holyoake

$104
Judith Whitworth

$104
Sandy Pugsley

good luck. it really is so important to give young people the opportunity to improve their lives.

$104
Brian Lucas

well done Mikey, keep up the good work

$104
Ian Scrimgeour

$104
Nick & Chrissy Edwards

Go Champ!

$104
Petra Schulenburg

You are a true star Mike! Consistently working hard to give back to all those in need. Thank you!

$104
Anonymous
$104
Richard Bates

$104
Vicky Lamonby

Great job you're doing, Mike. Catch up with you soon.

$104
Cassandra Zaina

Good luck Mike I admire you, it adds to your work for this great cause, Cassandra

$104
Ann Calvert

$100
Dave & Gisela Obst

$100
Graeme & Miranda

$100
Andrew Wong

$100
Paul Anderson

Less great networking and more rough sleeping please

$100
Umes Acharya & Selina Shakya

You have always been a great inspiration Mike!! Love, support and hugs from Nepal to you, your team and all survivors of homelessness in a developed country like Australia!!!

$100
Anonymous
$100
Sustainable Focus Pty Ltd

$100
Anonymous
$100
Dan Smith

Love your work. Boom!

$100
Nadine & Richard

Good luck Mike!

$100
Geoff Kwitko

Good on you Mikey moo!

$83
Nicole Kemp

Well done Mike on all that you do .. you are amazing!

$57
Jenny Bain

Go Mike, thank you for your amazing work

$57
Robert B Ward

Well done Michael, great to see how much you have raised! All the very best and enjoy your chilly night knowing that your help will go a long way! Cheers

$57
Michael Williams

Great work

$57
Kim Saville

I look forward to the day that every city and town has a Cafe Outside the Square. Great work, Mike and the team!

$57
Liz Grimmett

Such a great cause Mike, well done and thank you for being such a beautiful, caring human being xx Liz

$57
Jonathan Teubner

Great job - good luck!

$57
Matt Anderson

$57
Karen Lyas

$57
Anonymous
$57
Kevin Allen

$57
Kate Putland

I hope its not too cold Michael!!

$57
Grant Macauley

Great work, Mike. Well done!

$57
Sean Williams

Good on you for raising awareness!

$57
Greg Willson | Probiz

stay warm Mikey.

$57
Corrie Van Der Keyl

Love your commitment and dedication Mike!

$57
Barbara Richards

$57
Mark Jeffreson

$57
Lyndal Sterenberg

Keep warm

$57
Derek + Anne Harris

Well done for everything you do, Mike.

$57
Anonymous
$57
Andrew Lucas

$57
Nicola Lipscombe

Keep doing the amazing work that you do Mikeee ! Sending warming Hugs. Nicola xx

$57
Sean Heylen

Go Mikey go! ;-)

$57
John Cross

$57
Marty Toberts

Love your work Mike. Best wishes mate it’s going to be a cold night!

$57
Craig Arnold

Hi Mike, well done for being such a great activist for Vinnies. I'd love to invite you to a business networking breakfast when you have a spare Friday morning. cheers craig

$57
Anonymous
$57
Christopher Sale

Good luck!

$57
Brendan Williams

$57
Sally Brown

All the best Mike! hope it is not toooo cold!

$57
Peter Last

Bad weathr right now, and I admire your devotion to your cause. Peter

$57
Tom Walker

Go Mikey!

$57
Rosie Egan

Well done Mike - admire your wonderful work!

$57
Megan Kalucy

Well done Mike

$57
Derek Milligan

Go Mike!!

$57
Matthew Massy-westropp

Great effort again Mike!

$57
Debbie Constable

You are an amazing man Mike Chalmers. Stay warm.

$57
Carly Falconer

$57
Maree Lawless

Stay warm, Mike!

$55
Steve Scudamore And Anne Last

Way to go Mikey!

$55
Anonymous
$55
Simon Cardone

Keep up the great work Mikey!

$55
Sue Pearce

$55
Luke & Rach Toop

$55
Dr Robert Muller

Great work as usual Mike! Cheers!

$52
Graham Zerbe

$52
Tracy Maxted

$52
Troy Forrest

Great work Mike, and a great cause!

$50
Simon

$50
Anonymous
$42
Tony Murphy

Very impressive, Mike. Tony

$42
Antony Murphy

Well done, again, Mike.

$30
Lester Saegenschnitter

$30
Steve Warrick

$26
Cathie Brown

$26
Paul Kitching

Great work Mikey Boy

$25
Denise James

Keep up the great work Mike, Denise and Maddie xox

$25
Carolyn Mclaughlin

$21
Anonymous
$21
Evelyn O'loughlin

$21
Andrew Holdcroft

Cool to see the training program up and running. Hope it expands.

$20
Kyle Semmens

You Da Maaaannnnnnnn!!!!!!!

$20
Tania Sharp

Hi Mike, I hope it goes well for you tonight. Great work with the fundraising. Tania

$20
Michele Corbett

Thank you for going out of your comfort zone to help others.

$5

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