Walk Against Homelessness 2022
Journey to the Walk Against Homelessness
Property and construction leaders will embark on a two-day trek through Queensland’s Scenic Rim to raise awareness for Australia’s growing youth homelessness crisis.
Walk Against Homelessness will take place on 22-23 October with 17 property industry executives ending the journey at the Property Council of Australia’s Property Congress to raise awareness of the need for accessible social housing investment.
In addition to raising awareness, the walk will contribute funds towards Haven House South Dowling, the Property Industry Foundation’s largest youth housing project to date, entirely funded by the property industry.
“Homelessness is a complex and wicked problem with no single cause and no single solution. It requires a multi-agency, government, and private industry response,” said Kate Mills, CEO Property Industry Foundation.
“The Walk Against Homelessness provides these industry leaders with an opportunity to actively contribute to solutions for the youth homelessness crisis and we’re thrilled to see so many of Australia’s major companies consolidate the industry’s commitment.”
Leading into the Property Congress, a major industry conference, the walk highlights the Property Council’s efforts to advocate for more affordable housing options and address accommodation supply issues that contribute to homelessness.
Property Council Chief Executive Ken Morrison said the Walk Against Homelessness initiative gives the property industry an opportunity to raise awareness of the impact homelessness has on people and our communities.
“It is encouraging to see senior leaders from throughout the property industry band together on such a crucial topic, culminating in our premier industry event, the Property Congress.”
With 17 property and construction leaders already on board, there are 3 spaces left for the Walk Against Homelessness.
If you are interested in joining this group and being part of the industry’s commitment to ending homelessness, please contact Claudia Ferrari at email@example.com.
Walk Against Homelessness participants include:
- Neil Harding, ADCO Managing Director
- Kylie O’Connor, AMP Capital Global Head of Real Estate
- Phil Rowland, CBRE CEO
- Carmel Hourigan, Charter Hall Office CEO
- Drenka Andjelic, Construction Assignments Managing Director
- Deborah Coakley, Dexus Executive General Manager Funds Management
- Bob Johnston, GPT Group CEO and Managing Director
- Peter Menegazzo, Investa CEO
- Dale Connor, Lendlease CEO
- Kiki Lai, Manulife Managing Director, Real Estate Portfolio Management, Asia
- Peter King, VFMC Head of Property
- Penny Ransom, Lendlease Group Head of Investments
- Ken Morrison, Property Council of Australia CEO
- Kate Mills, Property Industry Foundation CEO
- Claudia Ferrari, Property Industry Foundation National Head of Engagement
- Michael O’Brien, Queensland Investment Corporation (QIC) Managing Director
- Alison Harrop, Stockland CFO
Industry Leaders are Walking the Walk
Bob Johnston, The GPT Group, is the current fundraising leader for Walk Against Homelessness
With five weeks to go, the 17 industry leaders taking part in a two-day trek across the scenic rim are upping their hiking game and raising funds to hit their group target of $200,000.
Keeping on track
Whether together or on their own, the walkers are celebrating the good weather and getting out and about. Here are some textbook ways in which they are preparing for the trek on 22-23 October 2022.
Group Training Walks
Some of the Sydney walkers got together to walk the Sydney foreshore just before work one morning.
Left to right: Penny Ransom, Lendlease; Neil Harding, ADCO Constructions; Kate Mills & Claudia Ferrari, Property Industry Foundation; Bob Johnston, The GPT Group; and Ken Morrison, Property Council of Australia
Walking to Work
Kate Mills, Property Industry Foundation is taking herself out for a walk two or three times during the week by walking at least an hour into work.
The weekends are giving the walkers time to put in some distance and see some beautiful wilderness.
Drenka Andjelic, Construction Assignments on top of Mt Bruce, Karijini WA.
Pete King, VFMC and Kiki Lai, Manulife training in Melbourne #sportingcapitaloftheworld!
Neil Harding, ADCO Constructions hiking the Sydney coastline. The harbour city at it’s best.
Current Fundraising Leaders
Bob Johnston, The GPT Group, overtook early leader Alison Harrop, Stockland, and has already smashed his fundraising goal. He is leading the charge towards the team goal of $200,000.
Will anyone catch Bob? Will it be a tight race for the no.2 fundraiser? You can make a difference by donating here to whoever you want on the walk.
Walking with Purpose
Phil Rowland, CBRE, is walking against homelessness this October
Phil Rowland, CEO Australia & New Zealand, CBRE did not hesitate to get involved and be part of the Walk Against Homelessness on 22-23 October 2022.
He is part of a group of 17 industry leaders who are hiking for two days across the Queensland Pacific Rim, ending the journey at the Property Council of Australia’s Property Congress.
“To join the Walk Against Homelessness is a real privilege and a way for me to make a small personal contribution to the Foundation and raise awareness across our company of such a critical issue in our society,” said Rowland.
CBRE has been supporting the Property Industry Foundation for over 13 years, with the company and the staff participating in many fundraising events such as the Charity Ball, the online Charity Pledge Night and the most recent Tour de PIF. In addition to being a partner, CBRE’s support extends to Foundation committees, with General Counsel Leah Boyd on the NSW State Board of Advisors and Senior Valuer Calum Macleod on the VIC Future Leaders Committee.
“The Property Industry Foundation represents a core pillar of CBRE’s Property with Purpose strategy, aiming to engage and support important social causes in Australia,” said Rowland.
“I have had the pleasure of visiting a few homes that the Property Industry Foundation has built for homeless youth, most recently in Western Sydney,” said Rowland. “In this specific case, to hear the stories of the young indigenous youths who had a stable, safe, and warm environment to live and pursue their studies was very inspiring. Just one house can have such a big impact on many young people and give them the support they need to get a fair and proper start in life.”
“Giving back is an opportunity to step out of the day-to-day bubble we often find ourselves in. It’s an opportunity to learn and reflect more deeply on a social issue such as youth homelessness and gives me the opportunity to leverage the privileged position I’m in to make a small difference,”
Phil Rowland, CEO Australia & New Zealand, CBRE
“The construction industry is in a unique position to assist young people with a stable home as they step into their adult lives. A stable and safe home is something that is easily taken for granted, but the reality is that this is not a staple for many young people,” said Rowland. “The property and construction industry can make a very tangible difference, using insights, expertise and capacity to help construct an important foundation for a more stable and secure life for our young people.”
Walking the Talk
Kiki Lai, Manulife Investment Management is putting the “Impact Agenda” front and centre this month
Kiki Lai, Managing Director, Real Estate Portfolio Management, Asia, Manulife Investment Management has chosen the Walk Against Homelessness on 22-23 October 2022 as her first fundraiser for the Property Industry Foundation.
“Having a safe and secure shelter over your head is the basic human need and should be a right accessible to all. It is disheartening to learn that every night 44,000 young Australians are homeless, and one in three seeking accommodation are being turned away,” said Kiki, “I felt that as an industry we can, and should, do more.”
Kiki is part of a group of 17 industry leaders who are hiking the two-day Scenic Rim Trail which is in the South East Queensland’s Main Range National Park, an area famous for its stunning mountains, ridges, escarpments, ancient rainforest and volcanic plateaus.
The group will walk through a region that contains more than 30,000 hectares of nature refuges, states forests and national parks, ending the journey at the Property Council of Australia’s Property Congress.
Taking part in the Walk Against Homelessness is both a personal and professional opportunity to empower sustained health and well-being to support the journey towards a better life.
“I think it is important to ‘walk the talk’, if anyone can contribute to the building of homes for the homeless youth, it is the property and financial insurance industries, with the skills, expertise, and resources, that can,” added Kiki.
“My family immigrated to Australia from Hong Kong when I was 12. Settling into a new country, new school and learning everything anew was a very nerve breaking experience.
“Non nobis solum ‘not for ourselves alone’ was the school motto held dearly in my heart, I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to make a small contribution in paying it forward.”
Kiki Lai, Managing Director, Real Estate Portfolio Management, Asia,
Manulife Investment Management
“I witnessed and experienced all forms of kindness settling into a place we could call home, opportunity to a good education and grew up with very supportive communities.
“This initiative strikes a chord not only to me personally, but it aligns well with Manulife’s social commitments under our ‘Impact Agenda’.
“As a health and wealth company, staying true to our mission of making decisions easier and lives better through our Impact Agenda is how we create long-term value for our business, our communities, and the planet. It’s how we all win.”
Kiki has lived in Hong Kong and Tokyo and travelled in other parts of the world including Manila, Bangkok, LA, London and Rome, she knows that Australia’s homelessness problem is by no mean a unique social issue.
“As a member of Manulife Investment Management’s Real Estate platform, a manager with a portfolio that totals 64 million square feet of office, industrial, retail, and multifamily space strategically located in markets across Canada, the U.S., and Asia Pacific, I can say that the Property Industry Foundation is doing a fantastic job,” concluded Kiki.
Update of Fitness activity in last two weeks
A Marathon Effort
Kylie O’ Connor, AMP Head of Real Estate, ran the full Melbourne Marathon on Sunday 2 October. She took the 42.2km course in her stride, crossing the line in an impressive three hours and 54 minutes. “I made it!” Kylie said after the run, which looped through the city and finished with a victory lap of the MCG. “Melbourne put on the most spectacular day and it was a fantastic course. Thanks for the support and I’m looking forward to seeing everyone for the Walk for Homelessness in a couple of weeks!”
Some of our Walk for Homelessness crew went out bush to clock up the kays for their Pacific Rim fundraising walk on 22-23 October. AdCO MD Neil Harding atoned for holiday indulgence with a 10km wilderness hike. “Did a 10km Grade 4 walk this morning with my wife and training partner,” reported Neil. “Felt every kilometre after a week over indulging in Fiji!”
Manulife MD Kiki Lai put on her hiking boots for a training session at scenic Mt Dandenong, outside Melbourne. “It was a beautiful day for a practice 6km hike at Mt Dandenong,” said Kiki.
Neil Harding, ADCO Managing Director, hiked in the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park area during Sydney’s recent rainy weather. “Definitely got the boots muddy today! Heavy going even on the flat bits!”
Dale Connor, CEO Lendlease, took a 5km hike in Brisbane. “A nice day in Brisbane for a 5km hike. Getting there!” enthused Dale.
Melbourne turned on a stunning day for a city amble for Pete King, VFMC Head of Property. “It was a beautiful morning and training spot in Studley Park on the Yarra today,” he shared. “I thought I’d also share an old hiking tip – trim your toe nails a week before a hike so they don’t jam into new (or old) boots, especially on downhill sections! Cheers!”
The coast proved popular for maintaining mileage, with Property Council of Australia CEO Ken Morrison taking on hilly 10km and two 5km walks in stunning Nelson Bay.
Drenka Andjelic, Construction Assignments Managing Director joined a pod of dolphins for a hike on Callala Beach, the longest beach in Jervis Bay, on the beautiful NSW South Coast. “I did just under 10km on Callala Beach with this happy pod to keep me company!”
Meanwhile, Charter Hall Office CEO Carmel Hourigan conquered the spectacular but challenging terrain of Passage Peak on Hamilton Island in a speedy 28 minutes, enjoying breathtaking views of the Whitsundays from the highest point of the island.
Walking for Collective Action
The challenges of the past few years have inspired Deborah Coakley to Walk Against Homelessness with her property peers.
Deborah Coakley, Dexus, believes adversity has the power to unite communities for the greater good. “If the last few years of floods, drought and the pandemic has taught us anything, it is that our collective action is the key to tackling society’s biggest challenges,” says Deborah.
“Supporting the Property Industry Foundation on the Pacific Rim Walk Against Homelessness was an opportunity for me to join my property peers in driving true impact; raising funds and awareness to shelter the most vulnerable.”
Deborah joins an intrepid and passionate group of 17 industry leaders who are hiking the two-day Scenic Rim Trail in South East Queensland’s Main Range National Park on 22-23 October and raising funds for Haven House South Dowling, the Property Industry Foundation’s largest youth housing project to date. “Those in corporate leadership roles have the potential to be some of the greatest agitators of positive societal change,” she says. “I’m fortunate to be in a position where I can contribute to initiatives like the Walk Against Homelessness and it’s a privilege to be able to support the Property Industry Foundation in their purpose to improve the lives of homeless youth in Australia.”
Haven House South Dowling will be entirely funded by the property industry and provides 19 bedrooms for vulnerable young Aussies. “With 44,000 young Australians deprived of a safe and secure place to sleep every night, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed by the extent of homelessness existing in our communities,” says Deborah.
“The Property Industry Foundation’s aim to build 300 bedrooms by 2025 is a tangible goal towards addressing this issue. Having a space to call home is core to determining an individual’s future success and wellbeing, so it seems logical that the property industry, with its wealth of knowledge and resources, is a major contributor in addressing this issue.”
“If the last few years of floods, drought and the pandemic has taught us anything, it is that our collective action is the key to tackling society’s biggest challenges,”
Deborah Coakley, Executive General Manager Funds Management, Dexus
With the walk getting underway tomorrow, Deborah feels ready for the physical challenge that lies ahead, buoyed by support from her fellow walkers. “When you have Tim Slattery’s enthusiasm for the Property Industry Foundation, Lisa Pender’s encouragement, Lorraine Lee’s creative fundraising support and Pete King promising to help me finish, I’m confident that nothing remains in the way of completing this hike and contributing to this great cause.”
Good luck Deborah and team!
Industry executives walk the walk for youth homelessness
Today at the Property Congress in the Gold Coast, Walk Against Homelessness participants, Property Industry Foundation CEO Kate Mills, Queensland Investment Corporation Managing Director Michael O’Brien, and Dexus Executive General Manager Funds Management Deborah Coakley spoke about their two-day trek through Queensland’s Scenic Rim to raise much-needed funds and awareness for Australia’s growing youth homelessness crisis.
The two-day trek, Walk Against Homelessness, saw 16 property and construction leaders smash their fundraising goal and raise over $270,000 for the Property Industry Foundation’s largest youth housing project, Haven House South Dowling, which will provide an additional 19-bedrooms where young people can rebuild their lives.
Property Industry Foundation CEO Kate Mills emphasized how the commitment and collective action of the Walk Against Homelessness participants will make a long-lasting, positive impact on the lives of thousands of Australia’s vulnerable youth.
“The dedication of our industry leaders to raise funds and awareness will go a long way in the construction of Haven House South Dowling – our largest youth housing project to date,” Ms Mills said.
“Walk Against Homelessness was a great opportunity for industry leaders to actively contribute to solutions by raising funds and awareness to shelter Australia’s most vulnerable.”
Youth homelessness affects 44,000 young Australians and every night one in three young people are turned away from accommodation.
Ms Mills said, “although the walk is over, the finish line is not yet in sight. Homelessness is a complex and wicked problem with no single cause and no single solution.
“It requires a multi-agency, government, and private industry response. More housing that is accessible is essential to ending homelessness and the property and construction industry has a key role to play here.”
Following on from last night’s Federal Budget, we hope there is even more scope for all of us to make a tangible impact on this issue.
The Foundation’s Haven Project provides homes for homeless youth around Australia, Haven House South Dowling will be its flagship project and will provide an additional 19 bedrooms that will be operated by The Salvation Army.
Over the project’s lifetime, Haven House South Dowling is expected to provide shelter to thousands of young Australians.