The aroma of freshly roasted coffee awakened the senses of those visiting the Redcat stand at Fine Food last week, as youth from not-for-profit organisation STREAT whipped up tasty coffees for them.
STREAT was formed in 2010 by Rebecca Scott and Kate Barelle following their experiences working with street youth in Vietnam.
The organisation aims to provide youth living on the streets of Melbourne with guidance, support and hospitality training.
STREAT provides the youth involved in its programs with the opportunity to study a Certificate II in Hospitality at the William Angliss Institute.
This qualification equips them with a range of skills that are required to gain employment in the hospitality industry, and on completion they will have the opportunity to work at one of the three STREAT locations.
STREAT currently has two cafes and one vending cart situated in Melbourne.
The cafes produce tasty, affordable dishes that are inspired by the street culture of countries throughout the world, meanwhile the vending cart offers a range of coffees, teas and hot chocolate.
By providing youth who are living on the street with invaluable training and the knowledge to perform basic life skills, STREAT not only removes them from such circumstances, it minimises the likelihood that they will return to them.
Since its inception in 2010 public awareness of the organisation has gradually increased, and on Tuesday, September 11th a number of its graduates featured on an episode of the popular cooking show, Poh’s Kitchen.
Redcat supports STREAT by providing its two cafes and vending cart with point of sale systems at a below cost price, and the company aims to promote the organisation in any way that it can.
Spiro Vournazos, national sales manager, Redcat is very proud to be supporting such a cause. He explains that while Fine Food provides Redcat with brand exposure and the ability to network with current and potential clients, "this year rather than just promote our own brand...[we] take the opportunity to promote STREAT which is a cause that we are really passionate about as well."
For more information about STREAT, visit the organisation’s official website.