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Enough funds were raised by generous donors to purchase more than 9,000 coffees for staff during Austin Health Foundation’s ‘Donate a Coffee’ campaign.
The campaign was developed at the start of October as a way for the community to show their support to healthcare workers.
The public could donate $5 or more and give a healthcare worker a free coffee.
Austin Health Foundation Director, Debbie Shiell said it was great to see such a strong and immediate response to the campaign.
“We hear all the time from the community how grateful they are to everyone at Austin – this campaign gave them a practical way to show that - and we are thrilled the messages of support and free coffee was appreciated by staff,” she said.
Some testimonials from staff include:
"Thanks to all of the wonderfully generous individuals who’ve donated coffee to the frontline ICU team. The staff are so grateful for the support & kindness that has been shared during this challenging time... A caffeine boost definitely makes a difference during a long shift in full PPE."
"We are so grateful to the community for their acknowledgment that the workforce is doing it tough during COVID. Reading their messages of support brought a tear to my eye. We thank them for their wonderful contribution – it meant so much and boosted our morale."