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By Mandy Oakham

A latte bit of help can go a long way for the patrons of the social enterprise cafe Pakington Cottage.
The cafe’s customers can add $2 to their bill as a donation for their complimentary tap water which helps Australian charity, Community Generation, provide clean water and sanitation projects in rural Cambodian schools and homes.
Pakington Cottage owner Tracy Skilbeck said the partnership was designed to help Geelong locals help those less fortunate than them.
“We know the people of Geelong want to give when they can but they might not always know how to,” Tracey said.
“This initiative is an easy way for them to give back.”
Tracy said she and her son James were excited the cafe had partnered with the organisation after they re-opened the eatery as a social enterprise venture following extensive renovations early this year.
“Pakington Cottage now exists not only to satisfy Geelong locals’ tastebuds but also to help them give back to those less fortunate in Geelong and overseas,” she said.
Community Generation CEO Lauren Adele Stevens said Pakington Cottage was the first Geelong-based business to partner with the charity.
“We’re really excited about $2 CHANGE and the impact our partner venues like Pakington Cottage will have in the rural Cambodian communities in which we work,”she said.
“It’s brilliant to see Pakington Cottage setting an exemplary example for other businesses to also use their cafe, restaurant or pub as a platform for social change and responsibility.
“We’re hopeful we can partner with other Geelong-based businesses on this initiative in the future.”
Lauren said locals could also be confident their dollars were going towards a worthwhile project.
“When a developing community receives access to clean drinking water and sanitation, the outcome is life-changing,” she said.
“We see increased levels of health and school attendance rates, improved opportunity, new economy, happiness and dignity – the potential for social progress is limitless.”

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