Livvi’s Cafe Amberton

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Our Perth operators Fran and Chris introduce you to Livvi’s Cafe.

This is an article from the Perth Now newspaper:

A NEW social enterprise cafe in Perth’s northern suburbs will be serving a good cause along with coffee and cake.

Livvi’s Cafe at Amberton estate in Eglinton, run by local residents Chris Hawley and Francesca Searle, will help Australian children live healthier lives by supporting the Touched by Olivia Foundation.

Part of the profits from each coffee sold will go to the foundation, which raises funds for research into rare children’s diseases and builds inclusive playgrounds for children of all abilities.

It’s the first WA cafe for the foundation, which was set up by John and Justine Perkins in memory of their daughter, Olivia, who tragically died in November 2006 from a rare lymphatic tumour at just eight months old.

“We’ve always wanted to have our own business,” Mr Hawley said.

“When this opportunity came up, the message behind Touched by Olivia is really cool. We’re still quite young; we thought we would take the risk and give back to the community.”

The cafe is the first initiative to come from a new partnership between the Touched by Olivia Foundation and developer Stockland.

The developer has leased the land and building free of charge to the foundation.

The group also plans to build more of the cafes at its WA estates in an effort to create more inclusive communities, Stockland WA general manager Col Dutton said. “We are looking forward to opening the next Livvi’s Cafe at Stockland’s Whiteman Edge community in Brabham in the coming weeks,” Mr Dutton said.

“Stockland and the Touched By Olivia Foundation are also creating innovative playgrounds at Whiteman Edge and our Sienna Wood community in Hilbert which will accommodate children of all abilities.”

The playgrounds will allow children of different abilities to play together, including those with physical disabilities, vision, hearing and mobility impairments, or spectrum disorders such as autism.

Livvi’s Cafe at Amberton will offer 10-week hospitality industry training opportunities for people with disabilities.

The cafe owners also plan to run a book swapping club and themed dinner nights on Fridays as fundraisers.