Fight homelessness with CafeSmart this August

The coffee community is set to reunite once again with StreetSmart Australia’s annual CafeSmart campaign to help combat homelessness on 9 August.

Participating cafés donate $1 from every coffee sold, directly supporting smaller grassroots homeless charities.

CafeSmart aims to help break the mould of prejudice surrounding homelessness and works to support those who are at risk or are homeless.

StreetSmart has raised $5 million since commencing in 2003, personally funded 1823 projects for 605 organisations. StreetSmart Australia operates at a local level to fund critical services. These smaller organisations are embedded within local communities and need help to respond to the communities needs

This year the charity is launching a new initiative, CafeSmart in the workplace, enabling workplaces to get involved during the CafeSmart week. Workplaces can hold a bake sale, coffee morning, or ask for donations for coffee that’s usually.

CafeSmart hopes 2019 will be its biggest, record breaking year yet.

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The Victoria includes several new features, such as an auto-fill boiler, proportional–integral–derivative temperature control, electronic pre-infusion, shot timer, and self-cleaning function. Read more

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Great Place to Work is an international certification which examines workplace culture and management support in creating an environment where employees define their workplace as empowering and remarkable. Read more

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This fund, which would be US$10 billion (about $14.3 billion) per year, would be initially fed with US$2.5 billion (about $3.6 billion) in resources from the industry. This would be added to public and private contributions for direct investments in farm for another US$2.5 billion, as well as budget disbursements for the and contributions from donors for the same amount. Read more

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The London Assembly is a 25-member elected body that scrutinises the activities of the Mayor of London. The Assembly Member who proposed the motion, Léonie Cooper, says “with plastic polluting our rivers and oceans, causing terrible consequences for wildlife and our environment, we need urgent action”. Read more

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The final four also included Natalie Scaife of Grinders Coffee Roasters, Georgina Lumb of Veneziano Coffee Roasters, and Tang Yi of Corner Store Café. Read more

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