During December, ‘Christmas Matters’ took over the Local Matters platform in Grill’d restaurants to connect with local community groups who are tackling youth homelessness. Alongside burgers, chips and bon bons, Grill’d provided free haircuts and shaves, as well as laundry for the homeless across cities in Australia.
One community group that helped with the success of this project was Orange Sky Laundry. As part of their ongoing program, they used their laundry vans to provide laundry services to the homeless attending Grill’d restaurants and Christmas Matters dinners.
‘Our Vision is to provide a vehicle for conversations, opportunities and educations through a free mobile laundry service for the homeless, worldwide’, highlighted Orange Sky Laundry.
For the entire month of December, Grill’d also increased their grant funding. In Brisbane for example, five restaurants participated in Christmas Matters, where $2,500 was shared between three community groups. And in Melbourne $4,000 was shared between 3 groups.
One of the projects that received support was HoMie and the founder Nick Pearce emphasised that, ‘from the Grill’d Christmas Matters donation we’ve been able to develop & fund our training program that has allowed 2 people experiencing homelessness to be trained and paid as retail workers”.
180 homeless clients were also fed as part of the programs Christmas Matters’ dinners and a 3D printer was even used, by two employees as part of Orange Sky Laundry’s employment program, to print t-shirts as Christmas present for at risk youths.
Kirsty, a staff member of Youth Projects said, ‘the Melbourne Christmas dinner was such an incredible evening; I can’t explain how much it meant seeing how ecstatic our clients and friends were on the evening of the Christmas dinner. They’re still talking about it!”
Since launching Local Matters in 2011 Grill’d has now donated more than $1.94 million to support 11,557 small community projects and enterprises from HoMie in Melbourne, Spirit of the Dragonfly in Brisbane to Delta Therapy Dogs in Sydney. Through the support of Local Matters, HoMie organised 6 VIP days to provide 300 people who are experiencing homelessness with a full brand-new outfit. Spirit of the Dragonfly purchased an esky for their BBQ and Raffle program to help another 50+ adults with disabilities learn independent life skills. Delta Therapy Dogs used their $600 donation to support one of their Delta Therapy Dog Teams to visit Sydney Children’s Hospital for one year, touching the lives of over 1,000 children, all thanks to Local Matters.
Grill’d founder Simon Crowe states, “we are dedicated to doing good across every touch point of the business, from ethical sourcing of our ingredients, supporting independent local suppliers, as well as making a difference to the local communities in which each restaurant operates.”
“To have support from Grill’d Local Matters means the absolute world to us, it’s how we survive, it’s from donations and gestures like what Grill’d Local Matters is doing,” concluded Luke, a volunteer at Orange Sky Laundry.
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