Our crazy cafe manager, Emily Carrigan, will be running the Leeds Half Marathon on the 13th May to raise money to help keep the cafe running.
We have achieved so much in the last year, a cafe redecoration, an extra day a week opening and great food quality. To be able to continue this work we need to cover our running costs as many of our customers are unable to pay much.
Please give generously to support this safe, warm space and it’s continued place at the heart of the Hyde Park community.
This evening we took delivery of a fantastic Ridan food composter which we are going to use to compost all the wasted and left over food from the cafe.
A huge thank you to Mark Warner (centre) for making our dreams come true, and to Richard and Heston for helping to unload and install the composter. Mark runs Plate2Plate Compost – he collects food waste from his local community, composts it and sells it locally which helps to reduce the amount of waste that is transported around. It also raises awareness of how much we do waste and the real cost, or benefit, of this waste.
Some of the compost will go to Mark as payment for transporting the composter for us and some of it will be used for growing plants in the church garden.
She has done it! The amazing Emily completed the Leeds Half Marathon in 2 hours 23 seconds (but it probably took over 30 seconds to cross the start line!) Here she is with some of her supporters after the run – not that she needed propping up, she then hopped on her bicycle and cycled back to All Hallows!
Emily, our cafe manager, is running the Leeds Half Marathon to raise money for the running of the Rainbow Junk-tion cafe. We would like to raise enough money so that the cafe can be open more often. If you would like to sponsor her then please visit her crowdfunding page.
If you would like to support the cafe and you pay tax you can Gift Aid to the project which means that we get extra! See our Donate to the Project page
In this Guardian article Tristram Stuart makes it clear just how powerful supermarkets are and that the supermarkets should be reducing waste by changing their inefficient systems rather than just “dumping” the food onto charities.