Raise a cuppa for Samaritans

WHETHER it’s a skim latte, decaf cappuccino, a flat white, machiatto, or a simple hot chocolate that gets you going, from today it could be warming more than yourself.

As part of its mission to raise $100,000 to help needy people, the Newcastle-based Samaritans Foundation is encouraging coffee drinkers and others partial to a warming beverage to support its Sip for Samaritans campaign.

Last year the week-long appeal raised $3000 and this year organisers are hoping it will make a bigger contribution towards the charity’s overall winter target.

Fourteen cafes across Newcastle have signed on as official supporters of Sip for Samaritans and will donate 20 cents from every beverage sold.

Kristy Gatamah, of the Samaritans Foundation said the concept of the sip campaign was about making people connect with the needy people during winter.

‘‘The warmth of drinking a beverage is about making people realise not everyone can keep warm in winter,’’ she said.

The Samaritan Foundation on average sees 250 families each week who are in need of support.

‘‘That always increases in winter,’’ Ms Gatamah said. ‘‘With electrical bills increasing at this time we see a lot more people at our emergency centres.’’

Ms Gatamah said the foundation was encouraging people to participate as it was an easy way to make a difference. ‘‘They can support a charity by simply doing something they do every day - grabbing a warm cuppa,’’ she said.

The Sip for Samaritans fundraiser runs from today until next Friday and is supported by the Newcastle Herald.

Participating cafes are:

Silo (Honeysuckle)

Cafe One89 (Mayfield)

Vincents at the Coliseum (Mayfield)

Michelle’s On Victoria (Mayfield)

Restaurant Mason (Hunter St)

Coffee on Crown (Crown St)

Silo (Honeysuckle)

Crema Coffee House (Broadmeadow)

Newcastle Kitchen & Cutlery (Broadmeadow)

Peaberrys (New Lambton)

Taste of the Country (Pokolbin)

Platinum Valet Car Wash - Oscar’s Cafe (Merewether)

Sprocket (Charlestown Square)

Cafe Fresh (Charlestown Square)

Espresso Jet (Westfield Kotara)

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