Cafe coffee for a cause
TWO business partners have broken the traditional fundraising mould by transforming a South Perth cafe into a charity fundraising machine.
Sonlife International founder and director Josh Bond teamed up with Amit Khaira to take over Halo Espresso Cafe in early July to contribute 100 per cent of the cafe’s profits to their international fight against poverty.
Sonlife International works to alleviate poverty through investments in local and sustainable initiatives in Kenya, Uganda, India, Southeast Asia and Australia.
Mr Bond said Halo Espresso, which was on the Angelo Street cafe strip, would provide local punters with a winwin experience through the gourmet coffee and food on offer paired with giving back to the less fortunate.
“The purpose is for our customers to share in this vision and make it possible to change peoples’ lives around the world,” Mr Bond said.
“Already customers have been buying into it, knowing that buying a great cup of coffee or plate of food is contributing to something more.”
The profits raised from Halo Espresso will work towards empowering people who need clean water, education, health and microfinance.
Mr Khaira said the idea behind the social enterprise was to practise what they preached.
“We spend much of our time and energy working on strategies to help people realise they are more than capable of meeting their own needs,” he said.
WA renowned artist Steve Brown showed his support by painting the cafe wall live in front of customers at the opening last month.
Halo owner Josh Bond with artist Steve Brown. THE City of Belmont says the State Government’s changes to the R-Codes for multiple dwellings will encourage more appropriate development.
Mayor Phil Marks said the City lobbied the Government to consider changes to the RCodes in response to community concerns.
The Planning Commission reversed what was put in place five years ago to ensure high density apartments are built in more appropriate areas. The changes restrict multiunit developments in residential areas coded R30 and R35, but for the R40 code there is no change.
“One of our major concerns was the insufficient on-site parking provided as opposed to the development itself. Now any future developments will need one parking bay per unit,” Cr Marks said.
“This is not about winding back planning, this is about encouraging appropriate development in our suburban streets. We are pleased that the Planning Commission has listened to our concerns about these multi-dwelling developments and believe this is a positive result.”