First we need her daughter to have grown up into a lovely, independent and helpful person. (Tick!)
Then we need her to manage her illness with discipline and micro planning. (Doing pretty well) *
Then the new kind of cafe needs to be a really important innovation, worth people going out of their way to help and support it. Another tick! Getting freshly made, delicious, healthy food into a warm friendly cafe and making it affordable to everyone is a great need. And if they run as a sustainable business, not-for-profit YamDaisy Cafes can open wherever they are needed.
A long lead time! Yep! The concept and shape of the YamDaisy cafe has developed over years and through so many conversations and consultations, into our first Pop-Up restaurant, our Pop-Up Takeaway and Soup Bar. We are ready!
Huge amounts of all sorts of support! See below:
Are we getting the support we need?
So far so good! Partnerships with Reservoir Neighbourhood House and Darebin Community Health Service mean we have a place and a trading structure and charity status. We have a terrific range of consultant/mentors.
Our wonderful community of supporters mean we have enormous good will and lots of people ready to help us any way they can. Many of our supporters are struggling with chronic illness and disability. and living with crisis made worse by poverty. We just love that these YamDaisy friends are doing what they can, donating things like washing powder, and soup bowls in good condition, to help us get everything we need to start.
We are depending on a wider circle of people to donate some money over the next couple of weeks for bigger items and things that can’t be donated.
This is happening! I can’t tell you how wonderful it is to see each new donation coming in through our GoFundMe campaign! We are up to $680 in donations as I write. 14 wonderful people have taken the time to hit the button and fill in the details! Every dollar goes to something we need to get set up and stocked. Some donations are from friends, and some from people who have heard about our venture and are prepared to invest in it. Thankyou so much everyone! If you haven’t had a chance yet, but can, please donate, and please share about us to people who might help! We still have a good way to go!
What else is happening?
There is so much happening behind the scenes as we work with dieticians and community workers, support staff and mentors, and our wonderful chef. We are sourcing produce, getting the last things done in the cafe space and all the permits finalised. I’m hoping I can tell you about our coffee machine soon! (We may be into delicious, healthy affordable food, but this is Melbourne and we need good coffee!). We are finding staff! We’ve got lists! And we are working through them!
The proof will be in the success of the Cafe!
But right now, we are on track to provide gorgeous food, to give impeccable service, to make healthy eating easy, and to respond to the needs of our East Reservoir community.
It is your support keeping us on track.
*And no major relapse please! Fingers and toes crossed and doing all the good things!