A community approach to success
Infrastructure projects are the lifeblood of community growth. Business First speaks with Abergeldie Managing Director Michael Boyle about bringing communities together.
Back in 1994, when Michael Boyle started Abergeldie with a single o ce in Sydney, he had the same vision he has today: to deliver the complex infrastructure needed to build better communities.
Community is close to Michael’s heart. Abergeldie has a long-standing relationship with the St Vincent De Paul Society, e Abergeldie-sponsored “free food, drink, chat” van helps the homeless of Parramatta and Penrith. Boyle himself is a regular participant in the annual Vinnie’s CEO winter sleep-out.
“I have been involved in the CEO Sleepout since its second year,” Michael says. “ at was nine years ago. I went to school with the founder of the event, Bernie Fehon, and I thought it was a great idea, on many levels, from the moment he rst told me about it.
“Firstly it challenges the most privileged, in our society to consider the plight of some of the most marginalised and vulnerable in our society – the homeless. It does this by asking them to experience what it is like to sleep rough on the longest and coldest night of the year. It is of course only a taste of what it is like to be homeless. You experience the cold and discomfort of sleeping rough without the hunger, the fear for your safety and the helplessness of night a er night in that situation. It is just for one night.
“Secondly it asks the same CEOs to consider how they can act on an ongoing basis to improve the plight of the homeless. At my company, Abergeldie, we sponsor the Vinnies van that operates in western Sydney. e van provides tea and co ee and sandwiches to homeless people 365 days a year. It is manned by volunteers and I am very proud that around 20 Abergeldie employees are part of the volunteer roster on that van. e most important thing I have learnt when I have been working on the van is the most valued thing you can provide anyone who is marginal-