CafeSmart 2023 Cafes

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For 12 years CafeSmart has supported local not-for-profit organisations with its annual fundraising initiative for Australians in need. To date, the initiative has raised close to $2 million for over 1000 local projects.

If you buy a coffee on Friday August 4, participating cafes will donate $1 to support homeless charities and services close to your neighbourhood. As for you – you legend – you can donate the price of another coffee via a QR code that will appear on the cafe’s coffee cup stickers, posters and whatnot. In fact, that’s something you can do any time that week, between August 1 and 7. Find a cafe close to you here.

Funds raised are kept local, meaning roasters and cafes are directly supporting vital services for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness around Brisbane.

To join this fight against homelessness, find your local participating cafe or donate the cost of a coffee online, visit CafeSmart.

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