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Zarraffa’s Coffee brews up support for Sunshine Coast not-for-profit cafe

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STEPS Pathways College student, Krystal-Lee Banks, with Cafe on George Manager, Stephanie Ruddie

Sunshine Coast Zarraffa’s Coffee franchise owner, Terry Bambury, is generously donating nearly $20,000 worth of in-kind support each year to the Caloundra-based not-for-profit coffee shop, Café on George, which is run by STEPS Group.

The support includes the provision of premium high quality coffee beans and syrups, enabling the café to make significant operating cost savings that will instead be used to help STEPS continue its mission to create a brighter future for young adults with a disability and autism.

Carmel Crouch, Managing Director of STEPS Group, said Café on George was thrilled to partner with Terry and Zarraffa’s Coffee Caloundra.

“Terry’s incredible act of generosity has allowed our Café on George to serve up a wonderful range of coffee supplied by Zarraffa’s Coffee Caloundra, but also enabled cost savings to support our innovative learning model for young people with a disability and autism at our STEPS Pathways College,” Carmel said.

“We are already receiving wonderful feedback from our café patrons who are appreciating the delicious coffee products we are serving up, plus the wonderful partnership we have in place with our local Zarraffa’s store,” she said.

Terry is a Sunshine Coast resident and long term Zarraffa’s Coffee franchisee, who operates stores at Caloundra, Currimundi, Maroochydore, Morayfield and Nambour, and said he was inspired to donate to help young people with a disability and autism in his local community.

“I think STEPS Pathways College is incredible and it’s wonderful to see our Zarraffa’s Coffee products used at Café on George, and how we play a part in assisting the students who train there and learn skills for life,” Terry said.

“I have always been willing to help community causes wherever I can through my work with Zarraffa’s Coffee. The mission and values of STEPS and its Café on George really resonates with me, and I wanted to do whatever I could to help,” he said.

Located in the heart of Caloundra, Cafe on George provides students with essential workplace skills as they journey towards independence. Café on George is open to the public and allows Pathways College students with the opportunity to undertake valuable training and work experience, learning skills such as how to make coffee, create sandwiches, serve customers, take orders, and maintain kitchen hygiene.

Visitors to Café on George can indulge in delicious food, and coffee supplied by Zarraffa’s Coffee Caloundra, Monday to Friday, with every dollar generated directly supporting students at STEPS Pathways College.


About us:

About STEPS Group

STEPS Group is a national not-for-profit organisation dedicated to providing training, employment, and community services. With a focus on creating inclusive, supportive communities, STEPS empowers individuals to achieve their full potential through a diverse range of innovative and accessible programs.


Contact details:

Colleen McMillan 

STEPS Group, Marketing and Communications Manager

M: 0487 095 674    E: colleenmc@stepsgroup.com.au

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