My name is Michael Cullen aka SpeedoMick. Today I am part of something that has given me back my self-respect, my confidence, my humility and my sense of belonging back to me. “The Speedo Mick Foundation” is a Registered Charity giving back to the community that is in need of help and support and today myself and our team are capable of offering this support.
It has not always been this way for me. For a long time, I was in need of that very same help and support that I am now offering to others. I have been the homeless person you see in the shop doorway, the addict, the alcoholic, the hopeless case that had made so many bad decisions that there was surely no way back.
"I made these terrible decisions in my life in order to block out the pain I was feeling inside..."
I could not see any way out. I had become isolated from society and left to my own devices I made things much worse. I was no longer a part of my family and I had nothing to contribute to my community. I made these terrible decisions in my life in order to block out the pain I was feeling inside and as a result I took no responsibility and I blamed everybody else for the position I found myself in. I was so entrenched in my self-destructive behaviour patterns that I had lost sight of the compassionate loving caring person I always hoped I’d be.