At the age of 19, Daniel was deeply affected by hearing about a boy in Africa who spent his whole day collecting water for his family. In this case, the water was so contaminated that this boy’s two younger sisters had become extremely sick from drinking it. This story deeply moved Daniel, who at that time was at university working on his “five-year plan".
After researching the World Water Crisis, Daniel discovered that Australians spend $600 million on bottled water each year, while in developing nations over 900 million people didn’t have access to safe water.
The injustice of these facts inspired Daniel to do something. He came up with the idea to marry these two extremes together in the form of a bottled water company that would fund safe water projects – and Thankyou Water was born in 2008.
Initially, Daniel and the team were faced with $250,000 of start-up expenses. Peers and established business people said it would be impossible to launch the brand. However, in late 2008 they landed deals with distributors around Australia and hit shelves of independent cafes early in 2009. It wasn’t until 2011 that they got their first major retailer on board with 7-Eleven Australia.
In July 2013 Thankyou Water rebranded to Thankyou with the launch of two new ranges, Thankyou Food and Thankyou Body Care. After a successful nation-wide social media marketing campaign, Thankyou’s products were taken on by Australia’s largest supermarkets, Coles and Woolworths.
To date, Thankyou has helped over 60,000 people across nine different countries. Thankyou now has over 70,000 people in its social network community. The organisation also recently launched an Australian-first reporting app called Track Your Impact, which allows customers to see the exact result of their purchase.
Daniel has been guided through Thankyou’s startup process by key mentors and advisors with experience in the fast moving consumer goods (FMCG), finance, legal, accounting, strategy, marketing, operations, human resources and international development industries. Thankyou has also appointed legal, accounting and independent audit firms.
Daniel is passionate about entrepreneurship, leadership and inspiring others to achieve their dreams and do what others might say is impossible.
"Dan’s presentation was passionate, enthusiastic and engaging. All our delegates at the conference walked away with motivation and feeling inspired. Dan was well prepared for his preparation and ensured that the message was aligned to who we are at People’s Choice and what we are aspiring to. His messages were succinct and well crafted. All of us will bear some of his messages in mind for a long long time. Having him as our closing speaker was the best decision we’ve made! Well done and we all wish Thankyou Water well and hope to continue to see Dan’s success in helping more people in the world. I would definitely recommend Dan to anyone who is looking for an external speaker for their event.Thank you Dan for your story!"
People's Choice Credit Union
"Dan’s commitment to this social enterprise, and his selfless resolve to strive for success was an inspiration. At our recent Franchisee conference attended by approx 1800 people, we invited Dan to tell us the story of Thankyou Water. We had a number of speakers on the day and Dan was the absolute stand out. His passion to provide safe drinking water is absolutely inspiring and he captivated the audience through the use of real life stories and powerful images. The feedback from the audience was fantastic to say the least."
“Daniel’s story is a source of inspiration to all. He proves that with the right will and intent, you can take a grand idea and turn it into a reality and a real success story. He has put aside his own interests, overcome many obstacles and challenges, and achieved something that is truly remarkable, for the benefit of others. A fresh, new generational thinker and leader "
"Yet again Dan was an excellent speaker. Our students responded well to his enthusiasm and honesty and he has a natural way of making you want to jump on board with his cause. We wish Dan & Thankyou Water every success. I hope to see the bottles on the shelves of Coles & Woolies soon! "
The University of Qu