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Project New Dawn Breakfast Celebration Launch – @ BP


Project New Dawn Breakfast Celebration Launch – @ BP

A breakfast celebration was held on 22 February 2013 at BP Australia’s head office at Docklands Melbourne, with a large audience of 80 guests gathered to celebrate Project New Dawn (PND) successes, recognising sponsors and volunteers who have made PND a success.  To put it simply, without the support of The Salvation Army, BP, Radio Rentals and numerous volunteers, PND would have remained a dream, an idea – instead it has helped over 40 homeless participants since 2007, assisting them to experience positive life changes.

Organisers also achieved another objective, raising the awareness of PND in the wider corporate community, and presenting a challenge to other organisations and supporters to come on board PND to play a part to resolve the homelessness problem.  In attendance included senior representatives from KPMG, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, the Toll Group, Kwan Group, The Australian Post and CPA, private Australian businesses like Jasbe and Rampage Petroleum.

Guests heard about the genesis of PND, with Major Brendan Nottle (co-founder of PND) describing PND as a grass roots project that goes beyond “ticking the box” on CSR KPIs, instead, it is a programme that makes tangible difference to the homeless, providing them with pathways to break out of their current state of maginalisation.

President of BP Australiasia, Paul Waterman spoke of his pride in his staff, for their progressive thinking, their passion and for playing such a critical part in helping the homeless in a truly meaningful way.

Ex-Participant Trevor Wolfe spoke of the time when he was destitute, and yet the Salvos gave him an opportunity that eventually allowed him to breakaway from homelessness, and eventually reuniting with his estranged family.

Julie Gibson (PND Steering Committee Member) interviewed Danielle Weglowski, the “force” behind PND’s expansion to Brisbane.  Danielle described PND as “a hand up, not a hand out” – she simply could not be more succinct in describing what PND is about.

Rebecca McGrath (PND Steering Committee Member) closed the morning presenting a challenge to the audience, asking them to think about how they play a part in assisting PND.

The Project New Dawn team would like to thank BP for hosting the breakfast celebration, Wellcom, Stream Solutions, Mr Donut, Mocopan, ACF, Balfour, Source Foods, Bunch Group and Microhire for their support of the event.


Our Volunteers and Participants


Our Volunteers and Participants

The Volunteers[accordian]

Danielle Weglowski (BP QLD)

When approached with the opportunity to be apart of the program in our region I didn’t think twice about becoming involved. What appealed to me was the idea that this was a hand up not a hand out, and that the program was not about bringing attention to BP or Salvation Army but truly about the opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life. I have had amazing support locally from Store Managers and Support team helping ready and move furniture into the homes, to stores conducting pantry drives, donations of household items and the screening and selection of participants. On a personal level I have been through every emotion frustration, disappointment, had some laughs and unbelievable satisfaction knowing that I played just the smallest part in helping those who needed it, get their lives back on track. A journey of personal growth not just for the participants but for all of us involved.


Rowan Thursby (BP NSW)

I have been quite lucky in life and enjoy helping people succeed. I have enjoyed all the work and time that has gone into the program and it has given me great satisfaction seeing the participants progress not only at work but in life aswell. It has been a good education for my children aswell, highlighting the issue of homelessness in Australia and showing that when people help people, we all win.


Sue Bailey(The Salvation Army QLD )

Being part of the New Dawn Project means and defines for me a hands on opportunity to assist someone to move on with their lives It means that I can be part of a team that provides the “tools” required and facilitates participants to be able to be employed, housed and grow to live, work, play and be involved in community. For many of the people who get this opportunity, this was not a hope, dream or possibility. To be a part of this, even with failure, frustration and, at times, a roller-coaster, is an absolute privilege.
I have met some amazing, committed people from BP and their enthusiasm and readiness to help others is outstanding. I have the opportunity to walk alongside the participants, help to pick them up when they fall and at times, see how well they move on. Even if I left this job, I would want to be part of New Dawn in some way.

Our Participants (testimonials)
“This isn’t just a new job it’s more than that”

“It was hard to admit I needed someone’s help and now I want to go further with BP and someday help someone else”

“The Project is called New Dawn, but it has given me a New Life”

“For ages i ate at food vans and soup kitchens but now meal times are a special time in our home”

“The stability of the house – no not house, home – has made the world of difference in my life and has allowed me to make positive decisions”

“I have hobbies now! Time for hobbies, head space for hobbies, physical space for hobbies & money for hobbies!”



Project New Dawn @ the Tipping Point Forum

Project New Dawn’s co-founders Brendan & Albert and Trevor (ex-Participant) were invited to speak as the Community Partner at a recent Tipping Point Series event.

The Tipping Point Series is founded by Jon Burgess from Kwan, in 2002, Jon’s desire to share his thought leadership around people networks, performance management and leadership led him to develop Kwan International Consultancy. Since then, Jon has worked internationally with Organisations and Business Schools to gain and maintain their competitive advantage through developing and leveraging their networks and intellectual capital. Kwan’s unique consultancy model has seen it become a leading advisor to some of the world’s most admired organizations and institutions, working with the company’s ‘Leadership’ and ‘Emerging Leaders’ in developing sustainable People Networks.

Jon’s Tipping Point Series, as the name suggests, is inspired by best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell’s Tipping Point book. Tipping Point is about change, and examines what triggered significant changes in our society and identify human enablers that drove such changes.  The Series was created to allow speakers to share career-changing or life-changing tipping points, in hope that the speakers stories will ignite positive changes right here in Australia.

On 22nd February 2013, around 200 business leaders, Philanthropists and entrepreneurs attended the Tipping Point Event.  Key note speaker Holly Ransom was an inspiration, as she talked about her tipping points, and her journey as to how, at the age of 22, she is named as one of the “100 Most Influential Australian Women” by the Australian Financial Review and Westpac in 2012.

Brendan, Trevor and Albert spoke passionately about PND, each presenting from a slightly different perspective, the Salvos’ view, the Participant’s view and the Corporate view.

Brendan spoke again of PND being a “hand up and not out”, and engaged the attendees with his typical charismatic self.  Trevor spoke about his personal experience in his typical, no-nonsense manner.  Albert posed a provoking question to the attendees around what is dubbed the “by-stander problem”, whereby, when in a group, people’s responsibility to act is diffused.

Perhaps the challenge worked, as many guests approached Albert post event and identified paths forward to assist PND.  Many great ideas have been discussed, the PND Steering Committee will follow up in earnest to explore all opportunities.

The Project New Dawn team would like to thank Jon Burgess once again for his kind invitation, to Henry Bucks for hosting the event.