Cafe cof­fee for a cause

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - News - Kaylee Martin

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.”­mu­ni­ d441470

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.

Pic­ture: Will Rus­sell

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.”

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