The fundraiser for the Cooma Multicultural Centre DiversiTea project is drawing to a close and Centre Manager Yvi Henderson is hopeful that the community will get behind it and help them reach their target of $20,000.
Yvi started the fundraiser on October 15 with a vision to establish an in-house café and tea house at the Cooma Multicultural Centre. The idea behind the project is to provide training and support to the growing multicultural community in Cooma and help them transition into the hospitality industry.
“The social enterprise is to upskill people who take part in it,” Yvi explained.
“It will provide a realistic, hands-on way to learn hospitality skills, customer service, food-handling services as well as helping improve English skills.
“At the same time, it will hopefully create a stronger connection between newcomers and the community whilst also supporting the Multicultural Centre financially.”
The goal of the fundraiser is to raise enough money to set up a ‘non-domestic kitchen’ that will include facilities used primarily to make tea.
“Tea is what we’ll be selling,” Yivi said.
“It’s drunk all over the world. Mate in South America, Bubble Tea in Taiwan, there’s Swiss herbal tea, Indian Chai and so much more.
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