It’s not often that you are presented with a really good excuse to drink more, but if a group of ambitious Melbourne entrepreneurs have their way, every beer you buy from them will help buy someone else a lifeline.
Led by twenty-something year-old Simon Griffiths, the Shebeen Social Investment Fund is aiming to raise $250,000 by the end of October, for the launch their unique philanthropic bar.
Spurred on by various trips to developing nations around the world, Griffiths says it has been a couple of years since he and some friends came up with the idea of serving international beers and wines as a way of providing funds for humanitarian projects in their originating countries.
“It started as this very basic concept,” he says, “but it has quickly grown into a much more elaborate idea, which is now ready to be executed and opened up hopefully next year.”
And with a group of more than 15 volunteers, and a range of industry experts like Vernon Chaulker – owner of Madame Brussels and Gin Palace - and designer Michael Andersen – who has worked on interiors at Double Happiness and Madam Brussels – also on board, it will be interesting to see which laneway or rooftop this project lands in.
“We have got a location that we are looking at,” Griffiths says, “but we can’t talk about where that is publicly just yet, and we still need to reach our target amount.”