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St Brendan’s College invited one of its notable past students, Senior 1994 Rob Caslick, back to the College in May 2018 to act as special guest and keynote speaker for the College’s second annual Walk Against Domestic Violence.
As the as the driving force behind a social enterprise, Two Good Co, in Sydney, Rob was asked to impart his knowledge, wisdom and experiences to the students as part of the College’s Edmund Rice Feast Day activities.
The 600-plus SBC student and staff contingent walked in solidarity against family and domestic violence on May 4 2018, and as one of the largest collectives of men in Central Queensland as sons, brothers and future husbands and fathers, the College is working to ensure the anti-violence message and the importance of service and justice is taken from the school yard, home and into the community.
Mr Caslick’s story was inspirational and truly fitting for Domestic Violence Awareness Month; with the vision of Two Good Co, ‘that no person in a refuge feels unworthy of love’ and their mission, ‘to be the national provider of beautiful food and lifestyle products to domestic violence refuges and soup kitchens.’
From humble beginnings with three of his mates cooking a BBQ for the homeless in Sydney’s Kings Cross, they decided their Unique Selling Point would be ‘we don’t do sausages’; and from this they were a hit with a captive audience.
Today, Two Good Co works on the ‘Buy One, Give One’ model, or as their marketing espouses ‘you eat one, we treat one’, so that people in Sydney and Melbourne buy a premium lunch jar for themselves, while the other lunch jar goes to a person in need in a local domestic violence refuge.
And for both the purchaser and the receiver, the food is of the highest quality; with some of Australia’s biggest name celebrity chefs including the likes of Neil Perry, Kylie Kwong and Matt Moran donating their recipes to Two Good to support and stand against domestic violence.
Two Good’s work has extended from amazing food, to employing women from the refuges they serve and supplying lifestyle products – clothing, shampoo, body wash, hand lotion – via the same give one, treat one model.
St Brendan’s College Principal Mr Robert Corboy said the College was humbled and amazed at the achievements of past student Rob Caslick and the work he was leading with Two Good Co.
“After his years as a St Brendan’s College student and boarder from Glenden in Central Queensland, Rob has had an amazing career; as a marine engineer in the Royal Australian Navy, as a mechanical engineer in the construction industry; and now his full-time focus with his social enterprise Two Good,” Mr Corboy said.
“We were so inspired to hear Rob’s story and messages – talking about the power and value of understanding someone without judgement, and the importance of true human connection in a world of ‘connectivity’ and our students awarded him a well-deserved standing ovation after his presentation.”
To hear more about Rob’s story and work – please visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nneY6-nIGu8&feature=youtu.be