Our keen interest in philanthropy saw Silver Chef help Australia’s first non-profit café and bar, Shebeen, get on their feet and open their doors. Recently celebrating their first birthday milestone, the quirky sustainable venture stocks exotic beer and wine from the developing world, with all profits given to aid projects in each drink’s country of origin.
Buying a St George or Castel beer supports an initiative called KickStart, which provides farming equipment to help farmers in Ethiopia increase crop yields. Profits from Tusker beer go towards the One Acre Fund in Kenya, which gives farmers tools, education, and insurance to help them grow crops.
Shebeen has been deemed a social pillar, a place to drink to the future and help others whilst doing so. It is the newest addition to Melbourne’s iconic Manchester Lane.
Silver Chef was enthusiastic to support the not-for-profit enterprise, becoming a foundation sponsor and donating equipment for a full kitchen fit out.
Silver Chef’s Founder and Chairman Allan English, one of Queensland’s most philanthropic businessmen, said the novel concept behind Shebeen aligns perfectly with the company’s values and the charities it currently supports.
A not-for-profit hospitality venture like Shebeen is an example of the great things that can be achieved through partnerships and a common goal to help make a difference in the developing world.
“Philanthropy is not just for the business community; as individuals we all have an obligation to better the lives of others. Shebeen helps to achieve this by providing a social setting where anyone can enjoy a drink with friends and at the same time support worthwhile projects,” Mr English said.
Simon Griffiths, entrepreneur and co-founder of Shebeen, said Shebeen’s opening would not have been possible without the support of Silver Chef.
“It’s great to be working with a company that can help us by simply engaging in their core business – by helping us to avoid the cost of purchasing expensive and potentially financially crippling hospitality equipment,” Mr Griffiths said.
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