Buddha's words

Buddha's words
My inspiration. We are what we think, All that we are arises from our thoughts, With our thoughts we make the world. Photo copyright Sean Duggan

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Surviving the CEO Sleepout 2011

Dear Friends

Yes, I managed to survive the 2011 CEO Sleepout.

The toughest part was the hunger and cold. I did not have a chance to get a good meal before registering for the night.

Instead of lamb shanks like last year, I had a real soup and roll.

The company was great and I managed to meet  the WA Governor Designate Malcolm Mccusker and his wife Tonya.

At 11 pm. Steve Farano and I decided we had to find a place to bunk down. We decided to bunk at the same place I slept in last year. It was more fun with company this time.

The night was cold but at  least it did not rain. Steve and I got up at 630 am and went to have breakfast with the other CEOs  before walking home.
I managed to stay No. 4 in the list of fundraisers. The final amount raised by myself was $18,350 with a $2000 donation from a charity organised by Andrew Forrest. He actually donated $2000 to each of the 107 participants. That means I was ranked No. 5 but I take my hat off to Andrew Forrest for his generosity and his PR  move.

I was quite close to my $20,000 mark that I set myself.

There was some disappointment that not all the participants worked hard enough to raise funds. I was disappointed that Eric Ripper, the State Leader of the opposition only raised $150 plus $2000 from Forrest. A few other politicians were at the bottom rung of fund raisers.

Thanks to all of you for your generosity. Every dollar donated was appreciated.

The total raised in Australia was $3.9 million of which WA contributed $600,000.

You have all showed that WA cares.

For those who forgot to donate, you can still do so till the next week.

I certainly will take part again next year and try to beat my current record. Till next year, keep warm and sleep well.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Helping the Homeless with St Vincent De Paul Society


Does anyone know what the temperature will be like on the 16 June 2011 in Perth?

I believe it will probably be at least 5 degrees. I hope it does not rain, as being cold is not as bad as being wet.

In my crazy golfing days, I have often been cold and wet while playing in the rain.

However, I know sleeping in the rain is not a pleasant matter.

As my readers are aware, I am sleeping out again as a homeless person to raise funds for St Vincent De Paul Society.

They do a lot of good deeds.

This is some information from their website. Last year WA CEO's raised– $474,185.

The funds were used in the following manner:
  • Establishment of an education and training fund to assist Passages Resource Centre clients in gaining the necessary skills to obtain employment
  • Allocation of funds for the acquisition of smart-riders for Passages Resource Centre clients
  • Rental of 3 properties within the Swan Region as short term accommodation for homeless people including those at risk of becoming homeless
  • Purchase of a townhouse in Mandurah to be used for short term homeless accommodation in conjunction with the expansion of our Youth at Risk and homeless services in the region.
  • Funding of a study into homeless services and gaps in the provision of these across the metropolitan area
  • Ongoing accommodation and support of homeless people and those at risk of becoming homeless

I have helped with some legal pro bono work in sorting out some of their land contracts.

However, my heart goes to helping them at whatever level I can as they help people who are most in need.

So far I have , through the generosity of my clients and friends, raised about $10,000. As I said, the target I have set myself is $20,000 this year. I am already half way there.

" Whatever the mind can perceive, it can achieve."

So, if you have a spare dollar , please go to http://www.ceosleepout.org.au/ceos/wa-ceos/profile/?ceo=283

to make a tax deductible donation.

Think about how warm your heart will be on a cold 16 June 2011 when you know you have done your part for the homeless.


On another note, I just realised that we have been operating at the Terrace Rd office for a year since the 5th June 2011. It has been a great year settling into the new office. The staff and clients all enjoy the location and the convenience of off street parking. We had a staff lunch on Friday to celebrate.

As we did last year, lunch was held at the park in front of the office. We were happy to share lunch with Brian Nugewela and Tony Aristei, 2 leading counsels in Perth. Alison was able to join us with Brian.


Another announcement: I started operations at the  Morley branch office on 3rd June 2011. The address is Unit 2/8A Progress St, Morley. I am sharing offices with JJD Accountants. Things are just starting in our collaboration to bring legal and accounting services to our clients. Will keep you updated.

Good night for now and remember to donate to my sleepout.