CAFFEINE FUELS CONVERSATIONS AROUND MENTAL HEALTH
This September, Banjo’s Bakery Café is making noise with positive mental health organisation SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY, for the sixth year to raise awareness for mental health, donating 50 cents from the sale of every large coffee to the cause.
This year, Banjo’s Bakery Cafe aims to raise over $35,000 in vital funds from coffee-loving locals, up from $31,971 raised last year. Funds raised will go towards two key areas of work that Stay ChatTY focus on – education and awareness – using the funds to develop further resources for their programs and social media engagement.
Banjo’s Bakery Café Managing Director Jessica Saxby expressed her enthusiasm for the partnership which aims to reduce the stigma around speaking out and seeking help, noting the natural connection the bakery chain has to the charity in sparking meaningful conversations over a cup of coffee.
“Banjo’s is a family-owned business and we pride ourselves on the tight knit community we have created, which is why we believe in creating open conversation and connection to help improve the mental health of Australians,” she said.
“Whether you meet up with friends or family for a coffee and pastry, or get chatting with one of our friendly staff, we encourage all customers to take the opportunity to talk about how they are feeling in a safe, open environment,”
SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY Founder Mitch McPherson says the collaboration has contributed a great deal to positive mental health awareness, which is particularly important in light of the impact the pandemic has presented for many Australians.
“The ‘new normal’ looks different for everyone as we navigate the changes now in place as a result of the pandemic. Just because we’re physically distant from each other, doesn’t mean we can’t make important connections emotionally,” he said.
First joining forces with Stay ChatTY in 2015, Banjo’s Bakery Café has raised $138,487 over their five-year partnership.
The donation promotion will run until Wednesday, 30 September 2020 at all Banjo’s Bakery Café stores in Tasmania and the Warana store on the Sunshine Coast.