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Turn your lockdown coffee purchase into a good cause

A charity started by three coffee lovers has raised over R28 000 for families in need during the lockdown

A group of friends started the Coffee Colab in the hope of making a difference

A group of South Africans have turned one generation’s love for coffee into a funding opportunity to support those less fortunate during the Covid-19 crisis.

The average coffee-lover will spend R25 for a “flat white” each morning, easily raking up a bill of R525 in 21 days. Friends Kelly Rother, Jess Ronaasen and Rozanne Strydom did the math and created the Coffee Colab to do good and give back during the national lockdown.

“As a generation of coffee lovers, a huge portion of our budgets goes toward our daily morning coffee. How about we collaborate during the nationwide lockdown and direct the funds we would be spending each morning on our morning coffees toward causes that are doing amazing work in South Africa?” the Coffee Collab writes on its crowdfunding page.

The group has already raised over R28,000.

The funds raised by the Coffee Collab initiative will be donated to a charity nominated by their supporters.

“This will allow different organisations with various needs to benefit at different times, whether they be health, social services, or food and essentials.”

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Many South Africans are unable to work, gain access to basic supplies or access essential services during the lockdown. And even if they make it through lockdown, many families’ resources will be depleted.

“Our [aim] is to help those less fortunate,” the group says.

“I wanted to do something creative but also had a strong urge to want to do something meaningful and help through my skills if i could”

Coffee Colab co-founder, Kelly Rother

Donation guidelines:

The Coffee Collab suggests the following guidelines for those who want to donate, based on their usual morning coffee order:

Short: 1 day’s coffee = R25

Tall: 7 day’s coffee = R125

Grande: 21 day’s coffee = R525

Add Almond/Soy Milk: +R8 

Add a Tip for the Barista: +R3

Visit the Coffee Colab’s Backabuddy page to donate or find out more.

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