Shaun Christie-David Co-Founder, PlateitForward & Colombo Social
Shaun Christie-David believes everyone deserves the same opportunities, and he's making it his mission to make that a reality. Over the past 15 years, Shaun has been able to combine his passion and knowledge of social enterprise together with his experience in corporate partnerships and fundraising to drive positive change in marginalised communities.
Shaun was a driving force in the launch of the Aboriginal Health Television Network in partnership with the Australian Federal Government in 2019 – a channel dedicated to improving the health literacy of First Nations people. Shaun has also worked on development of projects that prioritise equalising health education and services, securing partnerships with many leading decision makers in the country including the National Health Service and Macquarie Bank. Shaun has been awarded accolades including the inaugural Time Out's Hospitality Future Shaper, an AMP Tomorrow Maker and a Westpac ChangeMaker as well as the Chief Growth Officer for The Beard Season and is a founding board member for The Dental Truck.
“Creating positive impact around the table”
PlateitForward launched in July 2020 as an immediate solution to provide meals during the COVID-19 pandemic. Since then, PlateItForward has evolved into a social enterprise with long term programs that bring marginalised communities together over a meal to create positive and sustainable change. This positive impact can be seen in food donations, employment opportunities and long-term community sustainability. Since 2020, PlateItForward has proudly donated 135,000+ meals, delivered 7,000+ hours of training and employed 32 community members, provided 1,000+ donated Uber trips for newly arrived refugees to attend medical and vaccination appointments and seek housing, and rescued 15 tonnes of food destined for landfill. PlateItForward uses the power of hospitality to create a longterm connection with people that allows them to be connected with the wraparound services they need to have a more equal opportunity.