Cafe brews up an Anzac Day fundraiser to honour family link with military

TRADING on Anzac Day never sat well with Orange cafe owner Suzy Glasby, whose husband has a long family history of military service.

But rather than shutting up shop this year, her cafe, Scrumptious on Summer, will donate every cent of Friday’s profits to the local Legacy branch.

“My husband and I feel very strongly about Anzac Day not being a day for making money,” Mrs Glasby said.

“We’re hoping to do some real good.”

Her husband, Max, served in the navy, as did his father, Donald Glasby. 

Max’s great uncles were prisoners of war at the Changi prison camp in Singapore.

Staff at Scrumptious were only too happy to get on board with the idea.

“When I mentioned it to our main barista, she said well if you’re donating your money I’ll donate my time,” Mrs Glasby said.

“The coffee roaster in Sydney, Espressology, is donating the coffee.”

If all goes well, Mrs Glasby believes the cafe could raise a few thousand dollars for Legacy, which provides services for the families of deceased or disabled war veterans.

In Orange, Legacy provides support for about 130 widows of servicemen.

“When we take a widow on board . . . she will be allocated to one of our Legatees who will keep in touch with her and make sure she’s well looked after,” Orange Legacy branch president John Howie said.

Both the RSL and Legacy were keen to give Scrumptious the thumbs up for the initiative.

“It’s very kind of them, a very generous thing to do,” Mr Howie said.

And Mrs Glasby sees no reason why her cafe should be the only one to give away Friday’s takings.

“We’ve decided to put the challenge out to all other cafes in the country to do the same thing,” she said.

Only the coffee window will open, starting at 6am on Friday and temporarily closing during the march. 

Customers will also be able to make their own donations at the cafe.

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