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Coffee sparking conversations about mental health

BANJO’s Bakery Café has launched their seventh year in partnership with Tasmanian positive mental health organisation SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY to raise awareness for mental health.

For every sale of a large coffee over the month of May, 50 cents will be donated to the organisation.

This year, Banjo’s is aiming to beat last year’s fundraising efforts of $28,846, or 57,692 large coffees sold, to raise vital funds for SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY’s education and awareness programs.

“Stay ChatTY is thrilled to partner again with Banjo’s Bakery Café for our seventh coffee month,” SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY found Mitch McPherson said.

“A month filled of important awareness around a topic many still feel too uncomfortable to talk about.

“We hope that throughout May, many people take the opportunity to connect with someone that they may have not caught up with for a while – all of course whilst sipping a large coffee.

“Dollars raised allow us to continue to better educate people around mental health and spark many more conversations across Tasmania.”

Despite the challenges faced in 2020, Tasmanians dug deep and Banjo’s sold 4,647 more large coffees during September 2020 when compared to May 2019’s SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY coffee fundraiser

“Banjo’s is a family-owned business that puts the community at the heart of everything we do, so we’re proud to encourage conversations and connection and help improve the mental health of Tasmanians,” Banjo’s Bakery Café managing director Jessica Saxby said.

“Whether you meet up with friends and family for a coffee or pastry, or speak to one of our friendly staff, we rally the community to get behind this worthy organisation and open up about how they are feeling.”

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