Thankyou star headlines Hume Business Breakfast

A man who started a social enterprise at 19 and last year donated $2.5 million to charity will be the guest speaker at the 2015 Hume Business Breakfast.

Daniel Flynn is the managing director of Thankyou Group, which sells water, food, and body care products in support of people in developing countries.

The entrepreneur will share his story from 7am on Friday 20 November 2015, at Aitken Hill, 20 Dunhelen Lane, Yuroke.

Hume Mayor, Cr Helen Patsikatheodorou, said she was confident that Daniel would inspire businesspeople from across the municipality.

“Daniel is a person who has worked against the odds to create a very successful business which does great things around the world,” Cr Patsikatheodorou said.

“He was deeply moved by the lack of safe drinking water in many countries, and came up with an idea to manufacture bottled water and donate the profits to those less fortunate.

“The project faced huge financial costs and many said it could not work, but Daniel eventually sold Thankyou Water to local cafes.

“After a huge social media campaign, 7-Eleven agreed to retail Thankyou Water and Daniel’s impact on families in developing countries continued to grow.

“Thankyou then established a line of food and body care products, which have now been placed on the shelves of both Coles and Woolworths supermarkets.”

The profits from Thankyou have assisted 107,000 people to access safe water, and trained 112,000 individuals on how to improve their health and hygiene.

The social enterprise has also delivered food to 23,000 people, in countries such as Cambodia, Kenya, India, Timor Leste, and Haiti.

Cr Patsikatheodorou said Daniel’s topic at the Hume Business Breakfast would be Fundamentals of Changing the Game.

“Daniel is an expert on how to transform the culture at an organisation to achieve outstanding results,” she said.

“The entrepreneur knows how important it is to adapt a business, and his experience at Thankyou will assist many people.”

In 2013, Daniel was named Victorian Young Achiever of the Year, and was last year crowned with the title of Victorian Young Australian of the Year.

Cr Patsikatheodorou encouraged operators of small and large businesses to attend the Hume Business Breakfast.

“The morning is always a genuine opportunity to meet other businesspeople, and share advice and ideas,” she said.

“Hume City Council backs local business because it is often Hume’s innovators who create the jobs that support Hume’s families.”

Along with networking events, Hume City Council also assists businesses with training and development workshops, and helps organisations to recruit local workers.

Tickets to the Hume Business Breakfast cost $60 and may be booked at

Posted on 12:00 AM, 6 November 2015

Updated : 11:09 AM, 6 November 2015

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