Lismore businesses fit 'perfect mould'

AT THE breakfast yesterday to raise money for the Lismore Soup Kitchen, guest speaker Tim Costello talked about the 'license to operate' that businesses received from the communities in which they operated.

He talked about how businesses needed to take responsibility for both supporting and giving back to the communities which have helped them be successful.

While organising this breakfast and tonight's Giant Homeless Sleepout these past weeks, I have seen this new corporate responsibility in action in many ways.

Firstly, through the unflinching generosity offered by Geoff Gooch from Lismore Square. Then with all the businesses who have given prizes including Big W, Kmart, Price Attack, Boost Juice, Pronails, Donut King, Coles and Woolworths.

Yesterday at the breakfast I watched other business people give generously. Nick Rose from Rochdale Financial Planning paid $400 for one of the three paintings donated by Gary Holmes auctioned at the breakfast.

Peter Davidson from Creative Tattoo Art in Lismore paid $1000 for one painting he had not even seen because he wasn't able to attend the breakfast. And Geoff Gray won the bid on the third painting with $245 but generously gave a cheque for $300.

It seems businesses in Lismore are only too happy to help a worthy cause.

We are offering corporate sponsorship at the sleepout tonight and some businesses have taken this up. We thank them. I hope more businesses will come tonight and sleep over to raise awareness and much needed funding for the homeless in our community.

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