Free caf­feine big hit


Hills Gazette - - NEWS - Lynn Gri­er­son

COF­FEE van owner Kate Ken­drick and her cus­tomers ‘paid it for­ward’ to sur­prise nurses with free cof­fees in Mid­land on Wed­nes­day morn­ing

The idea be­gan in Septem­ber af­ter Mrs Ken­drick be­came con­cerned about one of her reg­u­lar cus­tomers in Mun­dar­ing.

“One of our ear­li­est cus­tomers of the day is a chap we call Joe; he al­ways or­ders a latte,” she said.

“We soon no­ticed his shoes were worn through and that he kept his pos­ses­sions zipped into his jacket.”

Joe al­ways tried to pay for his cof­fee, even though Mrs Ken­drick liked to give him a free one ev­ery now and again.

“When Brad, one of our awe­some cus­tomers, asked about Joe's plight, we told him the story of Joe's cold nights sleep­ing in the carpark and our ef­forts to warm him up a lit­tle,” she said.

“Brad im­me­di­ately asked if he could buy a cup for Joe too and so be­gan Mopoke's pay it for­ward agree­ment.”

Cus­tomers be­gan do­nat­ing their com­pleted loy­alty cards to Mopoke to pay it for­ward and other cus­tomers paid for ex­tra cof­fees.

Mrs Ken­drick found she had more than 60 free cof­fees to give away this week.

With her cus­tomers’ per­mis­sion, she opted to give the free cof­fees to nurses at St John of God Mid­land Pub­lic Hos­pi­tal.

She parked her van out­side the hos­pi­tal’s emer­gency de­part­ment and sev­eral of her cus­tomers acted as run­ners to de­liver 80 cof­fees in 60 min­utes to the nurses.

“I think it’s re­ally cool peo­ple are so kind and will­ingly do­nated over 100 cof­fees in our three months of oper­a­tion,” she said.

“The de­lighted nurs­ing staff had a lit­tle trou­ble grasp­ing the fact so many peo­ple cared enough to buy them a cof­fee.”

The lit­tle cof­fee van is a reg­u­lar sight at Mt He­lena twi­light mar­kets, Lit­tle Ath­let­ics at Mun­dar­ing Re­cre­ation Ground and Shire of Mun­dar­ing events.

Mrs Ken­drick is a for­mer pro­fes­sional ath­lete and op­er­ates her cof­fee van in be­tween train­ing young ath­letes in Mun­dar­ing.

Pic­ture: David Baylis d462509

Alisha Par­rella and Kate Ken­drick from Mopoke Cof­fee pre­pare cof­fees for helpers to dis­trib­ute to nurses at St John of God Mid­land Pub­lic Hos­pi­tal.

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