Kevin Bailey is a committed Catholic who has always been driven by a strong ethos for social justice. Here he tells Lise Taylor about his experiences as a philanthropist.
Back in the mid 1980s, I started working in the financial services sector. Prior to this I had served with the Australian SAS Regiment in the Army. It was here that I met some veterans of the 2/2nd and 2/4th Independent Companies who had fought in Timor Leste during WWII. They alerted me to the injustice the East Timorese had suffered and, consequently, I pledged to help the Timorese achieve self-determination.
I am a committed Catholic and within our church there is a strong ethos for social justice and what we call ‘corporate works of mercy’. As a result, my wife and I have had a history of volunteering and contributing where we can to help people less fortunate and, where possible, to make a difference in our community.
As I was…