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Making a Difference to Homelessness

Making a Difference to Homelessness

Posted on 21 May, 2018

Executives at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre (GCCEC) have been galvanised into helping to make a difference to Queensland’s homeless crisis.

 They were horrified to hear the stats:

  •  Most Australians are just two pay days away from being homeless
  • More than 105, 000 Australians are without a home – almost 20,000 are Queenslanders
  • More than 34,000 are children – 17,000 are under 12
  • 56% who are homeless are men; 44% are women
  • On the Gold Coast alone, 1400 people are homeless on any given night
  • The leading cause of homelessness is domestic and family violence, unemployment and social disadvantage

 To help address the shocking statistics, the five executives have joined the Vinnies CEO Sleepout and pledged to raise $10,000 as a team. In return, they’ll join dozens of other executives and CEOs who have committed to sleeping in the open at Cbus Stadium on June 21 – the longest night during Winter.

 GCCEC General Manager Adrienne Readings said the team were committed.

 “It’s such a small sacrifice for us but we know it will make such a big difference in the life of individuals or families who are experiencing rough times,” she said.

 “Just $50 provides a warm blanket and a meal so every little bit counts.”

 The GCCEC team is General Manager Adrienne Readings, Deputy General Manager Raelene Barry, Executive Manager – Operations Greg Zahn, Executive Manager – Finance Nick Jeffrey and Director of Sales Michelle Mann.

 To help make your own difference, you can donate to the GCCEC team at:

 All donations are welcome, no matter what the size.

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I have conducted two major formal dinners at GCCEC for approx 700 people each time, the more recent of these being held in March 2015. I am completely satisfied with all aspects of working with GCCEC and their performance in presenting our function. They were completely professional and were willing to do things exactly the way I wanted them done, even meeting some unusual requirements. When I requested to make layout changes only hours before the dinner the request was accommodated immediately and with professional ease. The dinner was an alternate drop three course full service meal with drinks package, and it was without a doubt the best formal dinner I have ever attended. I have managed many similar dinners in the past but this dinner achieved by far the best result, it was the easiest to organise and to then manage on the night. Our GCCEC functions manager was a competent and willing professional who achieved an absolutely flawless event. I am still trying to understand how the catering staff were able to prepare almost 700 perfectly cooked and presented meals and get them to the tables whilst still hot. An excellent event perfectly presented by cheerful and competent professional staff.

Bruce Schmidtchen
Chairman, 5RAR Assoc Inc 50th Anniversary Reunion Committee

We have held our major event, the Conference of Major Superannuation Funds (CMSF), at the GCCEC on six occasions since it opened in 2004. Through holding our event at the GCCEC we have established a terrific relationship with the venue. Each and every staff member works tirelessly to ensure that our event is run to the highest calibre. Any task, no matter how little or large is undertaken to ensure our expectations are met and our event is delivered successfully.

AIST Events Team

It’s the small things that make such a big difference. My organisation has held its conference annually at GCCEC since 2008, during which I’ve experienced unparalleled service. I continue to be amazed by the dedication, friendliness and professionalism of all staff – be it sales and event management to back of house and floor staff. They know my event inside and out, making the experience seamless. I have thoroughly enjoyed each and every conference I’ve held here!

Marika MacKenzie
Communications Manager, Optometry Queensland Northern Territory

You guys did it again! It is such a pleasure to work with a dedicated, proactive and friendly team. Your can-do attitude, your attention to detail and your willingness to try something new all help to make our lives easier and to keep our event fresh and interesting. Once again, the food was superb and the level of service provided by everyone at the centre was exceptional.

Julie Hood
Director Events Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association

There is no doubt that next time we need to be ‘creative’ on the Gold Coast; the GCCEC is the only venue we’d choose. No matter how difficult or unusual our demands prior to the event, nothing proved impossible for you and during the conference your professionalism and attention to detail ensured that everything ran without a hitch enabling us to focus properly on the job in hand. Last, but not least, the catering was superb!

Greg O’Neil
General Manager - Rural Merchandise CRT Rural Supplies