Caffeine boost to help charity’s good deeds

Every large coffee Banjo’s sold during May has paid off for suicide prevention charity SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY.  The charity received 50 cents from each of the tens of thousands cups of coffee Banjo’s sold nationwide.

Banjo’s Bakery Cafe managing director Jessica Saxby yesterday presented a cheque for $28,899.50 to Mitch McPherson, who founded the charity after his younger brother Ty took his own life.  Ms Saxby said she expected more than $30,000 will be donated once the final figure from the fundraiser is tallied.  Banjo’s franchises as far afield as Mildura in Victoria and Maroochydore in Queensland took part.  “We’ve known Mitch for a long time now – it’s great to get out there and spread the message.” Ms Saxby said  Mr McPherson said the total raised this year was at least $4,000 more than last year.  The money will go towards a program in which he speaks to Year 9 students about his experience with suicide.  “The feedback I’ve got from the school stuff is great – lots of kids can relate to it,” he said.