A different perspective for Macquarie bankers
Sydney, 28 February 2014
Macquarie bankers at both ends of the Australian continent have recently experienced life from an unaccustomed vantage point. Mark Warburton from Macquarie Capital in Sydney and Bevan Sturgess-Smith from Banking and Financial Services in Perth both recently volunteered with community organisations supporting homeless, marginalised and disadvantaged people.
In February, Mark stepped out with The Big Issue, the fortnightly street magazine that provides sellers with an independent income stream. Mark's participation demonstrated his support for Macquarie colleagues who are members of the Big Issue Advisory Group, including Simon McKeon, Kris Neill, Sheryl Weil and Lisa George, and was timed to coincide with International Street Paper Vendor Week.
In November, Bevan posed as a homeless man to raise awareness of the Perth homeless shelter St Bartholomew's House, of which he is also a board director.
Bevan said it was an eye-opening experience to gain even a temporary understanding of how people react to others living on the streets.
Image caption: Macquarie’s Mark Warburton sold more than 40 copies with a Big Issue seller in Sydney as part of an awareness-raising campaign for the street paper in February.