After the fires roared through his town of Chum Creek, Victoria, and his world was shaken, he received $15,000 in assistance from the Red Cross. He poured that money into his new venture and has since raised $140,000 across 200 different charities.
I meet David at his warehouse in Daylesford. He pulls out a number of wines for us to taste. David says his perspective fundamentally shifted after being on the receiving end of goodwill after the fires. "This was the first time I ever needed help," David says as we sip on an amazing Mornington Peninsula viognier. "It was humbling."
The warm fuzzies he gets from paying it forward are enough for David, and he has grand plans of making $1 million for charity over the course of his life. "I get such wonderful messages from people," he says. "I love it. Every couple of days I get an email from someone and they say such wonderful things. That's better than earning anything."
That's the thing about service. We might go into it with a selfless intent, but the nourishment we receive back is priceless.