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Help Your Hood – CafeSmart 2018

Five Senses CoffeeHannah Sexton 30 July 2018

Drinking coffee and impacting people positively is literally Five Senses’ two favourite things. So it’s no surprise we get incredibly excited when CafeSmart rolls around – circle Friday 3 August on your calendars!

One of the things we love about CafeSmart, is that funds raised go to grassroots projects that help homeless or support at risk people -in their local area! Here’s just some of the great things achieved through last year’s campaign:


Yellow Bernard, Hobart TAS – $1686 raised

($991 via coffee sales and $695 customer donations)

Helped Support: Tassie Mums are an entirely volunteer run not-for-profit group, passionate about providing Tasmanian babies and children with the most basic essentials, they collect, sort and bundle donations of baby and children’s clothing (and other small baby items) to re-distribute via social service networks that help to support Tasmanian families. Part of the CafeSmart grant went to helping with storage arrangements while the rest helped fill the gaps in the clothing bundles, buying undies etc.


Two Skinny Pickles, Surry Hills NSW – $306 raised

Helped Support: Pets in the Park run a free pet health clinic at St Johns Church, Darlinghurst. At each pet clinic veterinarians and vet nurses provide free health checks, vaccinations, flea treatment, worming treatment and basic medication for pets owned by people experiencing homeless or at risk. Many homeless people or those at risk lead a difficult and isolated life but for those with pets, these companion animals act as their refuge and can provide them with a better quality of life while they are experiencing homelessness. The benefits of this bond between the owner and pet are immense, including increased social, emotional and physical health. The Pets in the Park outreach program aims to help take care of their pets and to sustain this companionship by reducing the financial burden of these costs to ensure the health of their pets.


Sons of Mary, Brighton VIC- $647 raised

Helped Support: Emerge Women and Children’s Support Network is the only specialist outreach domestic violence service located in Melbourne’s Middle Southern Metropolitan Region. They deliver crisis services, including crisis accommodation and case management, therapeutic programs for children and women affected by domestic violence, including early intervention, educative and supportive programs, and art therapy for young women and children. The CafeSmart grant was used for therapeutic support for traumatised children. Therapists purchased much needed materials and were able to organise confidence building excursions.


Bunker, Milton QLD- $421 raised

Helped Support: West End Community House has been running a free Community Breakfast for many years. It began as a funded breakfast to link in with local boarding house tenants but in recent years has had to find its own funding. Now they are getting eggs donated ( 9 dozen each week), the breakfasts tend to cost about $125 each week. The CafeSmart grant of $1250 covered 10 weeks of breakfasts.


Betty & Dave’s Espresso, Mount Lawley – $381 raised

Helped Support: Wungening Aboriginal Corporation specialises in helping young people who are homeless on the streets and are actively using substances. The organisation was set up as other organisations were not addressing this issue effectively and offering the treatment and prevention programs needed. Young people are often overlooked as they do not fit into the mainstream treatment options. The CafeSmart funds were used to out-reach and actively engage with young people and offer them a pathway of early intervention, alcohol and drug treatment and support.

Friday 3 August 2018, lock it in!

Here’s how you can support this great initiative:

Cafes: sign up and rally your customers!
Coffee Lovers: find a participating cafe and enjoy a delicious coffee!

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