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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 I helped provide


Individual support programs





Funds raised over the years

Latest Donations

John Chalmers And Alex Bune

Go Mike Go !

John Funder

Mike - wonderful - all the best - Funder.

Jega Balakrishnan

Stuart Snyder


Michael Dadds

Michael Pagsanjan

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

Clique Logistics

Great work with the Cafe, awesome stuff.

Randy And Suzi

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

Matt Gaden

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

Judith Whitworth

Good luck Mikey Go Tigers

Bob Thomas

Katherine Porter

Dan Smith

Love the cafe! Love your work! Go Mike!

Natasha Miliotis

Great work Mike with Café Outside the Square!

Burfield & Associates Chartered Accountants

Andrew Wong

Wayne & Libby Hooper/robertson

Greta work Mike

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!

Alex Porter

Grant Macauley

Great work, Mike. Keep it going.

Tracy Maxted

Luke Eaton

Corrie Van Der Keyl

Go Mike!

Louisa Scott

Well done Mike!

Brian Lucas

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

John Cross

Andrew Russo

Kerry James

Awesome work Mike!


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