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Coffee for a cause at Mokoan Hub and Cafe

By Simon Ruppert

Mokoan Hub and Cafe is joining many in this part of the world in doing its bit for the victims of recent bushfires.

The crisis has created a tough time for many residents and visitors to north-east Victoria.

Like much of the north east the outlook over Winton Wetlands’ swamps have been eerily clouded with smoke, which has served as a reminder of the devastation occurring just 50 km to the south-east of the reserve and beyond.

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Café manager Samantha Trevena said acknowledging the amazing efforts made by local and statewide emergency services, and the impact to not only human life, but wildlife, has lead the team at the Mokoan Hub & Café to forge ahead with some supportive initiatives throughout the summer months.

Enjoy a coffee and cake at the Mokoan Hub and Cafe

“Being able to support a cause the whole team and our customers can get behind, in a situation you can otherwise feel pretty helpless as a bystander, has been really gratifying” Ms Travena said.

“Throughout January, $1 from every coffee sold will go towards the Wildlife Victoria Bushfire Appeal.

“All February, the hard cover local history publication Winton Swamp to Winton Wetlands, will be sold at half price through the café with all proceeds going towards the charity that distributes funds to fire-affected animal shelters.

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“Within the first weeks of January, the Mokoan Hub & Café has already raised more than $600 for the Wildlife Victoria Bushfire Appeal.

“The team hopes that in the coming weeks the number will climb much higher with thanks to the generosity of the local community and visitors from outside the region, interstate and overseas.”

● Visitors to the region are encouraged to keep an eye on Vic Emergency - https://emergency.vic.gov.au/ and EPA Air Watch - www.epa.vic.gov.au/EPAAirWatch