Businesses can make a huge difference in their community, which is why giving back is at the heart of everything we do. Supporting and assisting local charities, organisations, groups and schools has built the foundation of what Merlo Coffee is today.

While we support many causes within our community, one of the most significant partnerships we have formed is with The Common Good, an initiative of The Prince Charles Hospital Foundation (PCHF). The team at The Common Good are conducting research into discovering cures for chronic disease and beating these conditions for good. Since 2014 Merlo’s contributions have directly funded research into medical discoveries that could save or improve our own lives, or those of the people we love.

MEDICAL RESEARCH

Cycle of Giving

There are over 1,300 Australians on the waiting list for a new organ, but there aren’t enough donated organs to give these people a second chance at life. The key to closing this gap is through research; and the research needs to be funded.

The Cycle of Giving is The Prince Charles Hospital Foundation’s annual bicycle ride, raising much-needed funds for this vital organ transplant research. Every $44 raised equates to 1 hour of medical research.

The ride began 12 years ago, with the wife of a transplant recipient making the 100km journey with just 16 other riders. The ride now attracts nearly 700 participants and raised over $215,000 in 2018.

Merlo Coffee are proud to be the key sponsor of the ride as part of our broader support and association with the PCHF. To read more about the medical research project Merlo is supporting click here.

The 2018 ride

The Cycle of Giving is a primary fundraising event for the Prince Charles Hospital Foundation and the research that they are doing is pretty inspirational. This year alone, the total funds raised from this event is over $215,000, which is equivalent to 4,800 hours of crucial research. Watch this fantastic wrap up of the 2018 Cycle of Giving, featuring plenty of the transplant recipients and riders, as well as lots of coffee!

CHOICE & INDEPENDENCE

Youngcare

Every young person, regardless of their care needs, should have the freedom to choose where they live, who they live with and how they live their lives.

As a Youngcare Supporter, Merlo are helping to raise vital funds for young people with high care needs.

Our Founder Dean will also be taking part in Youngcare’s Simpson Desert Challenge in May 2019, which will see him commit to 9 days and a 300km crossing of the desert – no tent, no shower, no toilets, and no cafes!

The trek will be a daily mental and physical challenge for Dean, but it is one that will have a profound impact on the lives of young people with high care needs and their loved ones.

You can support Dean’s trek by donating here.

AUTISM AWARENESS

The Sycamore School

For the past few years, Merlo have proudly supported the wonderful work of The Sycamore School – a school in Alexandra Hills dedicated to providing a safe and inclusive educational environment for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

A not-for-profit organisation, The Sycamore School works to provide young people with opportunities to reach their potential.

As part of Autism Awareness Month in April, the Merlo team across 15 locations dress as “Superheroes for Sycamore School” Day and shine a light on the daily lives of children with ASD.

From every coffee sold on the day, $1 is donated to The Sycamore School to improve the resources and programs offered to students and their families.

SOCIAL AWARENESS

New Farm Community Cart

For more than 30 years the New Farm Neighbourhood Centre has been working with the local community to support the welfare and well-being of socially, physically, intellectually and emotionally disadvantaged and vulnerable people.

The Centre also offers free help with housing and legal issues as well as providing a range of sporting and social activities in the area.

Located opposite the beautiful New Farm Park they provide a place for people to meet, to join activities and to tap into local support services. In 2016 Merlo Coffee further enhanced this meeting space by donating a new completely self-contained coffee cart, a coffee machine and all necessary equipment.

The Cart Community Coffee has not only created a hub for people to meet and support one another, it also allows the Centre to raise much needed funds to support ongoing work in the community. The cart is open daily from 6am to 12pm.

LIVING WITH ADVERSITY

Art From The Margins

In 2015 Merlo partnered with Art From the Margins (AFTM), an initiative of the Wesley Mission, for an exciting collaboration – the Merlo Coffee Art Series.

For nearly ten years, AFTM has been instrumental in bringing artists together and bridging the gap between artists living in isolation, the public and the wider community.

They support and promote the work of artists living with adversity, disadvantage and social isolation, including artists living with mental health issues, physical or intellectual disabilities and homelessness.

Merlo has so far showcased the unique work of three disadvantaged artists by putting their artwork on a limited edition set of high quality, porcelain cups and saucers. Read more about our 2015 Art Series, 2016 Art Series and 2017 Art Series here.

HOMELESSNESS

3rd Space Brisbane

Located in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley, 3rd Space is a drop-in centre where homeless people can find practical support, friendship and dignity.

They help hundreds of people every year – assisting some with simple things such as a shower or a meal and a cup of tea, and others with a program of support for more complex needs.

3rd Space help to find accommodation and work; manage addictions and emotional challenges; and get the right health and dental services.

Head into 3rd Space Café at 505 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley from 8:30am to 2pm daily and enjoy a fresh Merlo Coffee, a healthy breakfast or lunch.

COMMUNITY SUPPORT

A moment to share

R U OK? Day
R U OK? Day aims to create a world where all people are connected and are protected from suicide. So if you notice someone who might be struggling, then grab a coffee and ask: “Are you ok?”. We’re proud to support the great work that R U OK Day does in encouraging these conversations to happen, not just today, but every day.

 

HUMMINGBIRD HOUSE
Merlo are supporting Hummingbird House, Queensland’s only children’s hospice, so they can continue to provide short break stays, support services, creative therapies, and care at the end of life, for children with life-limiting conditions and their families. Grab a coffee from any Merlo Torrefazione or Espresso Bar on Friday 19 October 2018 and we’ll donate $1 from every cup sold (takeaway and dine-in) to Hummingbird House.

SOCIAL AWARENESS

Giving Back

Communities are built around coffee shops. Other important programs and initiatives Merlo Coffee has supported either directly or through fundraising initiatives are:

If you’re interested in seeking our support for an upcoming charity-based project, event or fundraiser, please contact us.