This week in Down to Business I sat down with Mark Hughes from the Mark Hughes Foundation (MHF). Be sure to watch as we delve into what it means to develop an honest, meaningful charity, and the benefits of supporting one in your business.

There are many synergies and similarities in running a business, a football team or a charity. For business owners, you can take a lot out of that, so today, my key takeaways for you are:

  • The importance of your team – again, there’s a theme here as we have seen with each video. Valuing your team and giving them a chance to give back as well (e.g. a paid community day off) will do wonders for team morale, your business and the community;
  • Cement relationships and friendships and it will flow from there. You need to build trust, ask questions and be genuine – if people believe in you they will naturally believe in your cause;
  • As a business or as a charity, have a “hook”. What makes you different that will get people involved? MHF created the beanies which people love but at the same time, they’re also receiving a $25 donation each time which will go towards researching brain cancer;
  • Perseverance is key and don’t be afraid of failure – that’s where the growth comes from. Learn from it, grow and keep moving; and
  • Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is an integral part of a business. Giving back benefits everyone, especially the community you’re a part of.


In October, I’ll be ditching my suits for boots and heading to Tanzania with 20 other volunteers, to take on Mount Kilimanjaro to raise funds for the Mark Hughes Foundation. Mount Kilimanjaro is the tallest mountain in Africa, the world’s tallest free-standing mountain and is 5,895 metres above sea level, making it no easy task to reach the summit. It will be a challenge, with many days of walking, not showering and most likely altitude sickness…but that is nothing compared to what those suffering from brain cancer go through.

Brain cancer kills more children than any other disease. It kills more Australians under 40 than any other cancer, yet receives less than 5% of all federal government funding. The Mark Hughes Foundation is changing these appalling statistics through endless fundraising for some much-needed research to ensure better outcomes for brain cancer patients in the future.

Please support this fantastic cause and donate today by heading to Please note that the trekkers all pay for their own trip and your money goes to where it should; the Mark Hughes Foundation.