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Since November 2014, the Community Café at Taranaki Cathedral has raised over $70,000 for charity.
The Tuesday morning café operates from 7.30am to 10am in the cathedral’s Hatherly Hall or main entrance foyer.
Staffed by volunteers, it serves breakfast to anyone who wants it for $1 per item. Crepes are a specialty but the menu also includes porridge, toast, homemade marmalade, hot and cold beverages as well as seasonal items such as bacon butties and farm fresh sausages. Gluten-free options are available.
The funds raised have gone towards the ebola crisis in West Africa, helping cyclone-affected people in Vanuatu, earthquake recovery in Nepal, the World Food Programme, supporting Syrian refugees and many other international causes.
Another aspect to the café is its provision as a space for people to mingle. Often breakfasts are attended by older people seeking company, mothers with toddlers, families with children on their way to school and business groups having a meeting.
It is a non-intrusive outreach to help people who are having a hard time financially, carrying grief or struggling with life.
On average 120 people attend each week. They come and go as they wish, sometimes sharing tables with strangers, sometimes meeting regulars out for their weekly catch-up.
Everything for the cafe is donated including food, equipment and people power.
The cafe encourages many people who haven't had any contact with the cathedral to move through the doors and have a great breakfast. Everyone is welcome - come and grab a hearty breaky for no more than the price of a regular flat-white.