You wrote an article outlining your first impressions of the third sector. It’s always a bit of a journey moving across from corporate and I’m sure you’ll continue to discover more about it all. What has been the most pleasant surprise that you’ve experienced so far?
It has been an amazing journey moving across from the corporate world. The most pleasant surprise is how passionate everyone is about the different causes that they work for. I am not saying that people working in corporate are not passionate about what they do, but there is a very different and palpable vibe that is present in the NPO world.
It’s quite an honor working with so many nonprofits, but everyone has a particular area of interest that they enjoy working within. What’s yours?
I have to say that my favourite area is education. I particularly enjoy working with the various schools across NSW. I also really enjoy working with organisations in the medical industry. To get a behind the scenes view of the research and support provided to families living with different diseases is really special.
You worked with the incredible Caelan MacBeth, who is currently taking a year off away from Charidy. What do you think he is most likely to become famous for?
Hmmm…. Either the first guy to invent a new whiskey-coffee blend of some kind, or the first person to get picture evidence of the Loch Ness Monster
Let’s learn a bit more about you, Shimon. What’s the luckiest thing that’s ever happened to you?
Without a doubt meeting my wife four years ago. Without going into too much detail, we were both living on different continents, were set up by mutual friends and starting chatting over WhatsApp. I took a chance and bought a ticket to Australia to come meet her and the rest is history.
Okay, last question and, as always, it’s one worth considering! If you had a million dollars to gift, which charity would you give it to?
Does it have to be just one? Sadly, cancer has reared its head too many times in our family and circle of friends. The effects this terrible disease has on the entire family is just devastating. So my money would go to organisations that offer support to people fighting cancer as well as to supporting and assisting their families.
Contact Shimon directly on 0497 779 272 to discuss a Giving Day for your organisation.