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East Coast Wine Trail

Tuesday, 12 May 2020

Your chance to help struggling hospitality staff

Few sectors are doing it tougher during Covid-19 than hospitality staff, many of whom are casual employees and often reliant on tips. 

The new Tip Jar campaign launched today by Worksmith, StreetSmart, Frontline Meals, Covid-19 EAD and Scarf Community aims to support vulnerable hospitality workers and business owners who have slipped through the cracks. 

Among myriad issues facing the hospitality industry, saving the vulnerable is key.

With the aim of raising one million dollars, Tip Jar is a simple way for everyone to show their support for those establishments they love. 

The campaign encourages anybody with the means to offer a ‘tip’ to the fund, no matter how big or small. Donations will be accepted via https://tipjarfund.org/

The money will be distributed to Tip Jar’s partner not-for-profit agencies that are working to support those most vulnerable, as well as giving directly to those facing significant financial insecurity and ineligible for government assistance. 

“As the Covid-19 crisis began to disrupt the economy, our team at Worksmith created an online resource hub to deliver up-to-date industry-specific information and advice for hospitality owners and workers," says Worksmith CEO, Michael Bascetta. 

"The feedback we received through our Facebook group (now with over 12,000 members) offers many first-hand accounts of businesses and people who have fallen through the cracks and left without any financial support. 

"We all felt that information, whilst important, was not enough. Hence, Tip Jar.” 

And generosity will not go unrewarded with those making donations to Tip Jar going into a draw to win a variety of prizes including a year’s supply of beer from Wildlife Brewing Co, credit vouchers and a home visit from champion bartender Orlando Marzo to whip up a few drinks. 

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