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Murray River Tea Rooms - Our first week

Monday, May 15, 2017

 

Last week we opened the doors of Murray River Tea Rooms, following a busy and rewarding few months of planning, preparation and partnering with our community.

Combining a café in an Op Shop setting, this initiative is a result of a partnership with the households of Echuca Moama who donate items through a weekly kerbside collection program, combined with widespread support from the corporate sector. Volunteers also assist with a variety of aspects of the enterprise, from sorting and pricing items, building maintenance, shop displays and providing retail assistance. Some of our volunteers require support, others work or have previously worked in a variety of sectors, including trades and professional. Combined, our volunteers have a breadth of life experience enriching all involved.

The products from the kerbside collection are sold in the Tea Rooms (and in our Op Shop at 4 Percy Street Echuca), to cover rent and shop outgoings. The scones, cakes and slices are generously donated by local hospitality businesses, who share our vision of an inclusive community and believe in lifting others up. The revenue from the coffee and cake sales enable us to employ Barista staff who are imparting skills and experience to people with disability in a supportive environment. For some this is a dream come true. For some it is the first time they have been able to serve others. One young lady had been so excited to learn how to use an EFTPOS machine, and now is enthusiastically learning how to make lattes. Most just love the interaction with customers from all walks of life.

The Murray River Tea Rooms, Moama’s newest enterprise, promises to be a great addition to our community, building skills and confidence, reducing social isolation, and providing great coffee!

Thank you to all involved, and thanks to everyone who visited the Tea Rooms in our first week. We've been overwhelmed with the support and we look forward to welcoming you again soon!

 


 
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