Events are a great way to get people together. However, it is often a lot of work to organise them and they cost money. Empower Change Consulting sponsors a few events and inspiring individuals per year in order to support local sports clubs and good initiatives.

Frank Yarsley

Empower Change Director Frank Yarsley  joined The Vinnies CEO Sleepout at CBUS Super Stadium, Robina on June 23, 2016.

The Vinnies CEO Sleepout started in Sydney as community venture to raise more money for the homeless and went national in 2010. The latest figures show that 105,237 people in Australia are homeless, 60% is under 35 and 13% is under the age of 12.

As a local business owner Frank does not only want other companies to grow but he wants the city to grow with his inhabitants living a good life.

"Every person deserves a roof over their head, food in their stomach and a safe place to go."

Every dollar they raise will provide crucial assistance and hopefully break the cycle of homelessness permanently for as many people as possible.

Click  here for more information on the CEO sleepout.

Representing Australia in the World Cup

Story by: Matthew Riles

Matthew Riles

My name is Matthew Riles, and I have been an absolute sports addict since I could walk. My entire life I have dreamed about representing Australia. I tried various sports such as: Tennis, AFL and Cricket. I discovered my true passion in 2013, as I excelled in Gridiron, better known as NFL in America and watched by 114.4 million TV viewers around the world.

At the beginning of 2015, I was scouted for the Australian selection camp. Ninety people were selected to attend and flew in from all over Australia. It was an intense training camp for almost 14 hours a day, 7 days straight. Competition was fierce as only half of the people would be heading over to America to represent Australia at the World Cup in Gridiron. By the end of the week I could barely walk anymore as I had given it everything. Most players battled injuries throughout the camp; some even had to pull out. I cannot remember ever having a worse muscle ache than at the end of that week.

Australian Selection Camp

Then there was the wait. This was the worst of all! Selected candidates were not revealed until 1.5 weeks after the camp. It's hard to explain what I felt when I saw that I was selected: I don’t think I have ever been happier in my life – I made it to the team and I was going to America to represent Australia in Gridiron!


However, as Gridiron is not (yet) as popular in Australia as it is in America, no funding is available for the players. We all had to raise sufficient funds to purchase our own gear (helmets, pads, etc.), pay for the flights to the USA, for accommodation and food, etc. I was selected at the end of February earlier that year, which gave me exactly 4 months to come up with around $9,000 to make my dream come true.

 Go Aussie Go!

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