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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

104

Individual support programs

275

Beds

1100

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
Anonymous
$1.01k
David Uhrig

$1.01k
Richard Mcleod

$565
Anonymous
$515
Michael Tellis

$515
John Funder

Mike - wonderful - all the best - Funder.

$510
Anonymous
$510
Gordon Gold

$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
Jenny Briggs

Great work Mike!

$260
Gus Czechowicz

My tip: share body heat... find someone else and cuddle up!

$260
Jana Matthews

Good luck Mike and thanks for doing Cafe Outside the Square, I look forward to visiting you there.

$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
Vicky Lamonby

$213
Randy And Suzi

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

$213
Haney

$213
Joel Wilkinson

$213
Anonymous
$213
Sandy Murdoch

Love your work Mike!

$213
Matt Gaden

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

$213
James Fogarty

$213
Maurite Fober

Fantastic that you're doing this, Mike!!

$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
Vince Nicita

Great cause and a great cafe.

$213
Neil Styles

Great work Mike

$213
Anonymous
$213
Anonymous
$213
Judith Whitworth

Good luck Mikey Go Tigers

$213
Darren Schulz

Keep it up folks

$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
David Schultz

$205
Robert Coren

$205
Katherine Porter

$205
Maree Lawless

$205
Sarah Last

$205
Anonymous
$200
Zonte's Footstep

Great work Mike! All the best.

$200
Kay Loechel

$200
Anonymous
$156
Sue Caloghiris

$156
Susan Cameron

Good luck!

$156
Anthony & Carolyn Harris

$150
Dan Smith

Love the cafe! Love your work! Go Mike!

$130
Studentrooms.com.au

Go Mike Go!

$122
Nick Lienert

$109
Anonymous
$109
Natasha Miliotis

Great work Mike with Café Outside the Square!

$109
Paul Moroney

$109
Dr Charles Andrew Cameron

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

$109
Phil

$109
Cathie Brown

Well done Mike

$109
Susan Treglown

Good luck, Mike. I hope you reach your fundraising goal.

$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
Debbie Constable

You are an amazing man Mr Chalmers.

$109
Con Caccamo

$109
Anonymous
$109
Nick & Chrissy Edwards

Go champ!

$109
Brian Holyoake

Good on you Mike !

$109
Andrew Cain

$109
Wayne & Libby Hooper/robertson

Greta work Mike

$109
Michael Williams

Keep up the great work Mike

$109
Jonathan Teubner

Good luck with the Cafe and the Sleepout!

$109
Strauss Viljoen

$109
Mike Chalmers

Lawn!

$109
Anonymous
$109
Ben Wilson

Well done Mike - great cause and hope you've got your woolies all set

$109
Ian Scrimgeour

Good one Mikey - looking forward to checking out the café next time I'm in Adelaide!

$109
Rose Vis

$109
Alex Sas

$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
Tim Storer

$105
Paul Anderson

Hope it wasn't too cold Mike, better late than never, well done!

$105
Kate & Stuart White

Great work Mike

$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
Phil Ransome

Congrats Mike on a great effort

$105
Matthew Stead

$105
Nadine & Richard

Very worthy cause - keep up the amazing work xx

$104
Alex Porter

$104
Anonymous
$104
Tom Melville

$104
Thomas Insurance Brokers

$104
Mike Burfield

Good onya Mike

$104
Anonymous
$104
Peter & Jennifer Last

$104
Spatialexpressions

$100
Hans And Deborah Grauwelman And Smith

$100
Anonymous
$57
Chris Rasch

onya Mike!

$57
Anonymous
$57
Grant Macauley

Great work, Mike. Keep it going.

$57
Anonymous
$57
Tracy Maxted

$57
Luke Eaton

$57
Anonymous
$57
Anonymous
$57
Tom Walker

Good work Mike!

$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
Marty Roberts

keep up the great work Mike. You're an absolute legend and top bloke!

$57
Simon Kalucy

Love your work mikey

$57
Martin C

Great work Mike!

$57
Brendan Williams

Hi Michael, sorry this is so I late. Selling my house and moving is no excuse. Hope it wasn’t too cold for you. Cheers Brendan

$57
Christine Koch

Well done Michael! !

$57
Corrie Van Der Keyl

Go Mike!

$57
Margaret Tiller

$57
Scott Lomsden

$57
Louisa Scott

Well done Mike!

$57
Richard Knowles

$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
Anonymous
$57
Carolyn Vicary

$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
Sean Williams

Keep up the good work!

$57
Matt Anderson

$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
Melissa Allsop

Great work as always Mike!

$57
Anne Last And Steve Scudamore

Love your work Mikey!

$57
John Cross

$57
Derek Milligan

Good luck Mike!

$57
Vincent Ciccarello

All the best, Mike -- good work!

$57
Graeme & Miranda Rintoul

$57
Peter Moschakis

$57
Doctorzed Publishing

Well done Mike!

$55
Matt Dawe

Great stuff, Miiiikkkkeeeyyy. Your rock!!!!

$55
Andrew Lucas

$55
Andrew Wong

$55
Cardone Family

We love you and your work Mikey! S & J & V & N

$55
Tyson

Great work Mike!

$55
Nicola Lipscombe

Go Mikeee! You are a difference maker 😊 xx

$55
David Robertson

Great work Mike!!!

$55
Andrew Russo

$52
Anonymous
$52
Russell Heyzer

Hope you are well Mike

$52
Tony Roach

All the best Mike

$52
Garry Putland

Good Luck Michael, Hope it won't be too cold.

$52
Kym Ryder

$52
Grant Schumacher

$42
Kerry James

Awesome work Mike!

$31
Anonymous
$30
Steve Warrick

Keep up the good work young Mike

$26
Carolyn Mclaughlin

Keep up your good work. 🖒

$26
Marlene Jarema

$21
Anonymous
$21
Champy Champy

sleep well you soft as CEO.

$20
Luke Ayling

Good luck Mike!

$16
Alice Bitmead

$10
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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