Here at Merlo, we believe that businesses can make a huge difference, which is why being an active member in our local community 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.
One of the most significant causes that Merlo supports is The Common Good, an initiative of The Prince Charles Hospital Foundation (PCHF) which conducts 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.
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 11 years ago, with the wife of a transplant recipient making the 100km journey with just 16 other riders. The ride now attracts more than 1,000 participants and raised over $200,000 in 2017.
Merlo Coffee are proud to be the key sponsor of the ride as part of our broader support and association with the PCHF.
The 2017 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 $200,000, which is equivalent to 4,000 hours of crucial research. Watch this fantastic wrap up of the 2017 Cycle of Giving, featuring plenty of the transplant recipients and riders, as well as lots of coffee!
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 two disadvantaged artists by putting their artwork on a limited edition set of high quality, porcelain cups and saucers. Read more about our 2016 Art Series here or our 2017 Art Series here.
Vinnies CEO Sleepout
The Vinnies CEO Sleepout began over ten years ago as a local community venture and in 2016 there were more than 1,400 CEO’s sleeping out. For one night they experience what over 105,000 people live through every night.
Their commitment has increased the profile of homelessness and individual donations has also raised crucial funds for Vinnies’ homeless services.
Our Founder Dean has been an ambassador of the sleepout for more than 6 years and our CEO James Wilkinson has also taken part since 2015.
Collectively Merlo has raised over $240,000 for this event and also provide the services of the Merlo C.E.R.T. (Coffee Emergency Response Team) Van for everyone at the Brisbane sleepout.
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.
Communities are built around coffee shops. Other important programs and initiatives Merlo Coffee support either directly or through their fund-raising initiatives are listed below:
- Make a Wish Foundation
- Epilepsy Queensland
- Guide Dogs Association
- Ronald McDonald House
- The Rotary Club
- Cure Brain Cancer
- Breast Cancer Foundation: Mother’s Day Classic
- Westside Community Care
- Alzheimer’s Australia
- Prostate Cancer Foundation
- Breast Friends Cancer Foundation
- Ozharvest Food Coolective
- Mylestones Employment
- Beacon Foundation
- Various schools, kindergartens, Community Groups and fundraising projects.
If you’re interested in seeking our support for an upcoming charity-based project, event or fundraiser, please contact us.
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