Cup of kindness helping to warm the soul

Tari JeffersManjimup-Bridgetown Times
Brooke Thomas, centre, appreciate Ian and April Pianta's involvement in bringing free drinks and food to people in need.
Camera IconBrooke Thomas, centre, appreciate Ian and April Pianta's involvement in bringing free drinks and food to people in need. Credit: Tari Jeffers

Much like how coffee warms the body, so too does a charitable movement finding its feet in Manjimup.

One Cup of Kindness at a Time is a movement that encourages people to buy a second cup of coffee and “pay it forward” so someone in need can have a hot drink at a time when they may need it most.

Already a movement internationally, Manjimup resident Brooke Thomas has, with the help of Southern Roasting, brought the idea to Manjimup.

“Hearing about people doing it is wonderful,” she said.

Mrs Thomas said Southern Roasting had been on board with the project for a few months, but it was when the Manjimup Community Resource Centre offered to make posters to promote the cause, that the idea began to catch on.

“This is important for our area because we’re trying to be dementia-friendly, we have different socio-economics and we have many young parents,” she said.

“You can choose to be kind.”

Mrs Thomas said while she encouraged people to get on board with the project of buying an extra coffee, the whole idea was not limited to just hot drinks.

“It could be groceries, a meal at a restaurant and it doesn’t even have to be monetary,” she said.

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