Dairy farm and cafe raise a cup to Give Me 5 for Kids

Coffee for a cause: Businesses partner up for fundraiser

FUNDRAISER FAMILY: Robbie and Michelle  Radel from CQ Dairy Fresh with their six children.
Robbie and Michelle Radel from CQ Dairy Fresh with their six children.

A Bundaberg cafe and a Biggenden dairy farm are bringing their products together to raise money for Give Me 5 for Kids.

This Friday, Nourish Cafe and CQ Dairy Fresh will donate $3 from every coffee sold at the Bourbong Street cafe to the foundation.

CQ Dairy Fresh's Rob Radel said the partnership had come about due to a combined passion for good wholesome food products and personal experiences with the Bundaberg Hospital Children’s Ward.

“We supply our milk throughout the region and Judy Plath from Nourish is one of the fantastic local Bundaberg businesses who use our product,” he said.

“Judy and I came to decision to work together to fundraise for this wonderful cause.

“My wife and I have six children between the ages of six to 15 year so we have had a lot to do with Bundaberg Hospital in that time.

“To support the Children’s Ward is something that is close to our hearts.”

Give Me 5 for Kids Nourish Cafe involvement

Judy Plath, owner of Nourish Café, said the fundraiser was especially important to her because of the health journey her little girl Sarah had been through.

“’When my daughter was born, we unfortunately had to spend a lot of time at the hospital,” she said.

“She was classified as ‘failure to thrive’ and over the years had gone back and forth to the hospital- we didn’t have any concrete answers of what was wrong, we just knew that she wasn’t growing properly.

“In those early days it go to the point where she was struggling to live.”

Nourish Cafe's Judy Plath said her daughter's health was the reason behind starting her holistic wholefood business.
Nourish Cafe's Judy Plath said her daughter's health was the reason behind starting her holistic wholefood business.

Judy said she started her daughter on an organic, clean food diet in a bid to try to get her healthy again.
“I was trying to give her the best foods for her body,” she said.

“That’s when she started flourishing and getting better and that’s where the inspiration of Nourish Café began.

“It wasn’t until about a month ago that we found out Sarah’s diagnoses- she has a rare, genetic disorder that affects a number of organs in her body and delays her growth.”

Nourish Café focuses on healthy, holistic food and provides options for people with specific dietary requirements.

“When Sarah started getting better we realised there wasn’t a lot of places where we could eat out- so that was a big factor of our inspiration behind the café,” she said.

“We are very passionate about the Children’s Ward and the fantastic support we have received over the years from the Bundaberg Hospital.

“To partner with CQ Dairy Fresh for Give Me 5 for Kids is amazing and we are very thankful to be able to do this.”

Fundraising goal

Rob said he hoped tomorrow’s fundraiser would reach close to $700.

“It might not seem like a lot but every little bit counts,” he said.

“It’s one of our ways to give back to the hospital who have supported us over the years and to also give back to the community.”

Rob said CQ Dairy Fresh had received an outpouring of community support since their establishment 18 months ago.

“We have been milking for 120 years from the Biggenden area but decided recently to branch off, with a few other farmers, to create this business,” he said.

“It got to the point where we were tired of being ripped off by the bigger companies, the major processors.

“Since then, we have established our product across Queensland and in areas including Childers, Gin Gin and Bundaberg and the local support has been nothing short of amazing.”

Rob and Judy said they were hopeful that same great local support would be experienced at tomorrow’s fundraiser.

CQ Dairy Fresh will be donating their milk and $2 from every coffee sold while Nourish Café will be donating $1 from every coffee sold.

Nourish Café is situated on Bourbong Street, opposite the post office.