After weeks of blanket media coverage of the Victorian Bushfire tragedy, I have started to get #bushfires fatigue. Another news event occurs, and the focus moves on to it - yesterday it was the Sri Lankan cricket team shootings and partly because the production supervisor @haul is from there [ and we are all sports nutters ] it has extra impact.
Which brings me to the point of this post. A guy i've met briefly a couple of times at business events and have been impressed with because of his 'every man style', blue collar delivery and diverse background and perspective [ how many company heads do you know that can juggle ? ] has been doing his best to make sure we don't forget about the plight of the bushfire victims just because the news cycle has moved on.
His name is Pete Williams CEO of Deloitte Digital in Australia. He's got family that were affected by the bushfires in and around the town of Flowerdale VIC. Now you may think- well big deal he's just another corporate looking for a good corporate citizen story for his company-. Fair enough to be a bit cynical in this world, but this is something more than that, here's a guy using his vast skills, nous, resources and network to get stuff done. I think this takes a lot more investment than just writing a fat cheque [ which i have no idea whether his business has done or not ]. You need serious planning and the ability to mobilze people and resources in a structured way and push through the red tape to really help. Pete has used his tech background to give the people of Flowerdale a voice and alert the public where things are at and whats being [ or not being ] done.
In a local climate where corporate fatcats are getting hammered in the media for inflated bonuses for sacking staff [ and rightly so ] here's a bloke who's the real deal in the way you want your community leaders to be.
So to Pete and all those out there like him getting stuff done for the bushfire victims, you inspire me.
track the rebuild of Flowerdale on Pete's blog: http://helpflowerdalenow.blogspot.com/
there is a link to donate money directly to this cause: [ monies are handled by the Deloitte Foundation
follow Pete on twitter
What you can do:
If you run a website or a blog link to the the blog above
or even use your Facebook or Twitter status updates or draw attention to what will be a long rebuild.
House of haul
ps never fear....next week we'll go back to posts that pump up our own tyres and self promote like crazy.