Cheers to helping those less fortunate

CAMPAIGN: Regular coffee drinker Lisa Chesters MP, Haven; Home, Safe acting chief executive Paul Somerville and Cortille Cafe manager Jayson Tayeh. Picture: JIM ALDERSEY

CAMPAIGN: Regular coffee drinker Lisa Chesters MP, Haven; Home, Safe acting chief executive Paul Somerville and Cortille Cafe manager Jayson Tayeh. Picture: JIM ALDERSEY

ONE Bendigo business is tackling homelessness one coffee at a time. 

Cafe Cortille will take part in CafeSmart this Friday and donate $1 from every coffee sale to Haven; Home, Safe. 

Manager Jayson Tayeh said the choice to support the Bendigo organisation was simple. 

"In regional Victoria, these issues are more visible than in Melbourne," he said. 

"We all play a role in awareness and we need to help and be there for those who are less fortunate."

Mr Tayeh encouraged people to bring their friends to Cortille Cafe on Friday to help those who are displaced in the region. 

"It takes individuals to make a difference and if groups can get together, we can help even more," he said. 

Cortille Cafe generally sells 100 to 150 coffees a day - but is expecting to be flat out on Friday. 

The day ties in with national Homeless Persons Week 2014, which has the theme Homelessness: we can't afford to ignore it.

Australian governments spend millions of dollars each year dealing with the effects of homelessness.

On average, the Commonwealth government spends $15,000 on services for each Australian.  

The Redy payment system created by Bendigo and Adelaide Bank's subsidiary Community Telco is also available at the cafe, with donations also going to Haven. Cortille Cafe is located at 322 Lyttleton Terrace. 

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