Colony 47 partnership hits huge milestone

RISTORANTE Da Angelo in Battery Point has hit a huge milestone by raising more than $20,000 for Colony 47’s “Two Dollars for Change” initiative.

On Friday 15 May, Tasmanian politicians and Colony 47 supporters gathered together for a celebratory luncheon to acknowledge Ristorante Da Angelo’s impressive contribution to the cause.

Angelo Fraraccio, Ristorante Da Angelo co-owner and Tasmanian Hospitality Association (THA) restaurant division president and board member, said the “real heroes” were the customers.

“Our customers just love the opportunity to give to such a worthwhile cause and even our interstate and overseas customers appreciate the initiative and enjoy the opportunity to give,” he said.

Two Dollars for Change is a hospitality-based fundraising initiative developed to support programs that help disadvantaged and vulnerable Tasmanians.

Participating restaurants collect donations by offering their customers a small donation envelope alongside the bill at the end of their meal.

Mr Fraraccio said the hospitality industry could make a big difference to disadvantaged Tasmanians with very little impact on everyday operations and that he looked forward to the day when more restaurants were on board.

“Staff only need to be trained to add the Two Dollars for Change envelope when they present the bill to patrons, then it is up to the customers,” he said.

“We are passionate about it, our staff are passionate about it and our customers think it is great. It is good for business and it is good for our community.”

Colony 47 chief executive officer Therese Taylor said the support of restaurants like Ristorante Da Angelo had enabled Colony 47 to provide much needed financial counselling services to Tasmania’s most vulnerable families.

“The funds raised through this initiative go directly to assisting individuals and families with budgeting skills, financial management and support for the cost of living pressures,” she said.

“There are currently 11 participating restaurants in Two Dollars for Change and we encourage more restaurants to be a part of this ground breaking initiative that is supporting so many Tasmanians in need.”

Attending the event, Minister for Human Services Jacquie Petrusma MP spoke on behalf of the government, thanking Ristorante Da Angelo staff and customers, as well as all the restaurants that participated in the fundraising initiative.

“It is only through partnerships with the community sector, private sector and government that together we can achieve change for our most vulnerable Tasmanians,” she said.

For more information about the Two Dollars for Change initiative, go to www.colony47.com.au/get-involved/2-change

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