After a very intense week of work (including Saturday!) we have been really fortunate to have had two truly unique experiences!
This morning, we had the great opportunity to visit the Front Yard Youth Services – part of the Melbourne City Mission. MCM has been helping the citizens of Melbourne for over 150 years. Front Yard is a one-of-a-kind integrated services facility that addresses the physical, social and emotional needs of young people aged between 12 and 25 years. Over 7,000 youth visited Front Yard last year, and the MCM team helped another 10,000 by phone – primarily homeless kids. We were all genuinely touched by the powerful impact the MCM team has had on the youth and tough job they do every day.
The team gave us a tour of their facility (within a couple blocks of our hotel) and we had a roundtable discussion with the staff covering a wide range of IT, social media, and business model transformation topics. We left with a renewed spirit, and a special place in our hearts for this fantastic work.
Friday evening, a couple of us were able to attend the Australian Football League match between #1 North Melbourne Kangaroos and #2 Western Bulldogs. The scene in Etihad Stadium was incredibly exciting. As this was our first ever “footy” experience, we were thoroughly impressed with the intense, fast paced nature of the game! I’ve already told my American friends that these footy players are tougher and play a harder game than both soccer and American football!!
Sadly, we had to leave before the match was over to get back to work (we all got back together in our team room from 10pm to 12:30am!) – but returned with a deeper appreciation for the Australian athlete!