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Mike Chalmers

CEO at Cafe Outside the Square
Location: Adelaide

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

66

Individual support programs

174

Beds

696

Meals

Funds raised over the years

Latest Donations

John Chalmers And Alex Bune

Go Mike Go !

$2.51k
Anonymous
$2.5k
Payments Consulting Network

A great initiative to tackle one of the causes of homelessness - long term unemployment - by providing on-the-job training opportunities. All the best with the cafe!

$2.5k
Richard Mcleod

$565
John Funder

Mike - wonderful - all the best - Funder.

$510
Jega Balakrishnan

$500
Stuart Snyder

$500
John Chalmers & Dani Collins

Keep up the great work, Micky. Love John & Dani

$500
John Burston

Great work Mike. Cheers, John.

$310
Hamish Cameron

Great work Mike, keep it up

$265
Graham Williams

$265
Buildpartners

$260
Michael Dadds

$260
Martin Koehne Subway

$250
Michael Pagsanjan

Such a heart-warming but, more importantly, effective project, Mike. Thank you.

$250
Clique Logistics

Great work with the Cafe, awesome stuff.

$213
Randy And Suzi

Love how you use your energy, brain and big heart, x

$213
Matt Gaden

Good on you Micky great cause. Make sure you wrap up in your Crows scarf. Cheers Matt

$213
Helen Chalmers

It'll be chilly on the oval mike ! I'll think of you down the road .... You're doing a such a great venture with the cafe x

$213
Shauna Trueman

Go go Mikey, hope it’s not toooo chilly!!

$213
Anonymous
$213
Neil Styles

Great work Mike

$213
Anonymous
$213
Anonymous
$213
Judith Whitworth

Good luck Mikey Go Tigers

$213
Bob Thomas

$208
Adam Finlayson

$208
Moore Stephens

Moore Stephens are proud to support this worthy cause. Great effort Mike.

$208
Anthony A Lee

$208
Katherine Porter

$205
Maree Lawless

$205
Zonte's Footstep

Great work Mike! All the best.

$200
Kay Loechel

$200
Anonymous
$156
Sue Caloghiris

$156
Anthony & Carolyn Harris

$150
Dan Smith

Love the cafe! Love your work! Go Mike!

$130
Nick Lienert

$109
Anonymous
$109
Natasha Miliotis

Great work Mike with Café Outside the Square!

$109
Dr Charles Andrew Cameron

Good luck, Michael, you have our admiration. Andrew.

$109
Burfield & Associates Chartered Accountants

$109
Steve

Great work Mike, what a star!

$109
Probiz

$109
Robert Last

Happy dreams

$109
Tom Melville

Great work Mike!

$109
Andrew Wong

$109
Con Caccamo

$109
Anonymous
$109
Wayne & Libby Hooper/robertson

Greta work Mike

$109
Jonathan Teubner

Good luck with the Cafe and the Sleepout!

$109
Strauss Viljoen

$109
Dr Joseph Russo

Mike! So honored to be able to send along a modest sum toward your goal! This is an admirable thing you do! And sorry to be out of touch. Very busy here in the States. Will be in Adelaide 12 July through the 20th. Would love to see you for a coffee or TWO!

$105
Ruth Beach

The Cafe sounds great Mike - I look forward to dropping by and helping out if needed.

$105
Mark Mitton

$105
Nereeda Mcinnes

Keep spreading your light Mike! #sharethegoodstuff #onesuchthing

$105
Matthew Stead

$105
Alex Porter

$104
Anonymous
$104
Mike Burfield

Good onya Mike

$104
Peter & Jennifer Last

$104
Hans And Deborah Grauwelman And Smith

$100
Anonymous
$57
Anonymous
$57
Grant Macauley

Great work, Mike. Keep it going.

$57
Tracy Maxted

$57
Luke Eaton

$57
Anonymous
$57
Paul Vink

Sleep well!

$57
Brett Tucker

$57
Larraine & John Markesinis

Well done Mike!

$57
Hugh Kneebone

Good on you Mikey! You are doing great things and I must get into the café for a square meal soon. Cheers, Hugh

$57
Simon Kalucy

Love your work mikey

$57
Martin C

Great work Mike!

$57
Corrie Van Der Keyl

Go Mike!

$57
Louisa Scott

Well done Mike!

$57
Grant Macauley

Well done, Mike and all the best.

$57
Nathan Hocking

$57
Brian Lucas

You are doing a great service , keep up the good work

$57
Anonymous
$57
Sally Brown

It is wonderful what you do to help. Congratulations!

$57
Petra Schulenburg

Well done Mikey! We are all blessed to have you in the world.

$57
Megan Kalucy

Well done Mike.

$57
David Obst

A great cause, we're gonna come in for a coffee at the cafe. Go Mikkkeee!

$57
Anne Last And Steve Scudamore

Love your work Mikey!

$57
John Cross

$57
Graeme & Miranda Rintoul

$57
Matt Dawe

Great stuff, Miiiikkkkeeeyyy. Your rock!!!!

$55
Andrew Lucas

$55
Andrew Wong

$55
David Robertson

Great work Mike!!!

$55
Andrew Russo

$52
Anonymous
$52
Grant Schumacher

$42
Kerry James

Awesome work Mike!

$31
Anonymous
$30
Marlene Jarema

$21
Leticia Mooney

This donation is the amount that someone else paid for my victuals during a meeting today. I'd like to pay it forward to you, so it can keep going and help people who really need it. Good on you, Mike. Love your work.

$10
Anonymous
$10

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