The Coffee Club cafés take donations for floods

Posted by Nicole Eckersley on 11th January 2011

The Coffee Club cafés across Australia have announced that they are are taking donations from the public to support victims of the recent floods which have brought vast devastation to regional Queensland communities.

The Coffee Club is asking members of the public to make a donation at any of The Coffee Club cafés and support their fellow Australians, many of whom have lost everything from this natural disaster.

Donations made at The Coffee Club will be forwarded to The Premier’s Disaster Relief Appeal, which will distribute the funds raised to flood victims across more than 14 Queensland council communities.
John Lazarou, Director of The Coffee Club, who manned the phones during Channel Nine’s Flood Relief Appeal telethon on Sunday night, said he was proud of Australians after speaking to so many members of the public who did not have much but insisted on giving what they could.

“People in these affected communities are made of strong stuff and will recover, but they need our help now. And Australians have made a great start by donating more than $10 million during the telethon,” Mr Lazarou said.

“Our franchisees across the country have expressed concern for those Queensland communities battling floods and wanted to know what they could do to help. And taking donations on behalf of victims is the best way we can support them.

“So, we’re rallying together and asking members of the public wishing to make a donation to visit any of our cafés across Australia.

“We started our business in Queensland, we have some of our cafés in the affected areas and because our business is more like a family we have a strong connection to our franchisees and their communities,” he said.

The Coffee Club is the latest in a number of Australian businesses to step up to facilitate donations to assist with the flood relief efforts. Coles Supermarkets have raised over $1 million for the Premier’s Disaster Relief Appeal, and Woolworths are allowing customers to donate to The Salvation Army’s appeal at point of sale.