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New Video! Melb Cafe Giving Hope to Refugees

Rosie presents Real Bright Ideas, interviews with Australian women and girls whose awesome ideas are changing our world for the better. First up: Jane Marx, co-founder of Long Street Coffee.

Jane Marx, Co-Founder of Long Street Coffee

Jane Marx, Co-Founder of Long Street Coffee

With the Syrian refugee crisis all over the news you’ve probably been wondering what you can do to help refugees. Well, it could be as simple as buying a cup of coffee.

Caffeine obsessed Melbourne is now home to a totally new kind of cafe – Long Street Coffee. Long Street Coffee is a social enterprise that supports refugees and asylum seekers by offering training and employment in the hospitality industry. Owners Jane and Francois Marx came up with the idea for Long Street Coffee when they realised how hard it can be for young refugees to get their first job in Australia.

We spoke with Jane about her journey to creating this amazing social business:


To watch a HD version of this video, please click here. Video transcript to come (apologies). If you would like to be notified as soon as it becomes available, drop us a line hello(at)rosierespect(dot)com(dot)au.

You can visit Long Street at 45 Little Hoddle St in Richmond, Victoria. You can also follow them on instagram and give them a big like on Facebook : )

But if you can’t make it down there, here are some other ways you can support refugees and asylum seekers:

Image by Peaches and Keen

Image by the talented design team Peaches and Keen


Donate money to the UNHCR. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees coordinates international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. They assist refugees in over 125 countries around the world.

Sign the petition to shut down detention centres on Nauru and Manus Island. The petition calls on the government to abide by Australia’s international legal and humanitarian obligations, and put an end to shameful policy and close the Manus Island and Nauru detention centres now.

Donate food or clothing to refugees in Australia. The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre in Melbourne provides food, clothing and other essential items for asylum seekers and refugees living in Melbourne. Check out their website to find out what they need, if you can’t get down to the centre you can buy things online to be delivered straight to their door.

Write a letter to a child in detention, through the Befriend a Child in Detention campaign. Receiving letters is both a pleasure and a distraction from the tedium and anxiety of life in detention centers. It also connects the children to the outside world, discovering that there are people in Australia who care for them, and encourage them to communicate, to feel free to express themselves.

This video was directed and edited by Ally Oliver-Perham & Georgie Proud
Thanks to Jane Marx for sharing her story.
Intro credits by Room3 Video Production Studio, with thanks to Northcote High School students
Filmed by Breeana Dunbar
This video was made possible through a grant from the US Consulate General Melbourne. Thank you for all your support!

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