Customers at a new café in Central Village will be contributing towards much needed funds to help to build healthy lives and communities in Papua New Guinea and Australia while they sip on their coffee or eat a healthy lunch.
YWAM Café Central is scheduled to open on the 29th of August, in the vibrant Central Village precinct. The café will be operated in collaboration with local charity and registered training organisation, YWAM Townsville, with all profits going toward YWAM’s work in North Queensland and Papua New Guinea through four focus areas: training, medical ships, youth work, and local radio.
Along with brewed beverages the café will also serve a variety of smoothies. The healthy menu will include toasted filled bagels, muffins and smoothie bowls for breakfast, followed by paninis, salad bowls and frittatas for lunch. There will also be a wide variety of vegetarian, dairy and gluten-free options.
YWAM Townsville Managing Director, Mr Ken Mulligan, said one of the unique aspects of the cafe was the tie in to their vocational training. “An important focus of the cafe will be to provide hands-on experience to students who are undergoing a Certificate III in Hospitality* through YWAM’s VET training program.
“In addition to training students in basic food and beverage service, the course also focuses on building good character and communication skills needed to be employable, while also giving students the opportunity to give back to the community in a meaningful way.”
Owner of Central Village, Peter Honeycombe of Honeycombes Property Group, said “Since moving into the old TAFE campus in the CBD of Townsville, YWAM has facilitated significant activity with thousands of people for the CBD coming and going through their training and humanitarian services. We are very excited to see the activity that YWAM Cafe will provide within Central Village.”
YWAM Townsville is a non-profit registered training organisation (Reg No. 30614) that has been serving in Townsville for over 27 years with approximately 110 full time volunteer staff and students serving in North Queensland and Papua New Guinea. YWAM’s volunteer network invested over 1.2 million volunteer hours from 2012-2016 in the community.
Press release provided by Honeycombes Property Group
*SIT30616 Certificate III in Hospitality