By Hong Leong on November 16, 2018

 

Hong Leong Foundation organises a month-long pop-up Community Café and Shop that are collectively managed by social enterprises at Damansara City Mall to drive more awareness on their businesses and the good causes they support

If you love good food and a little retail therapy, you’ll have plenty of good reasons to eat and shop at the R.O.A.R (Reach Out and Rise) Community Café and R.O.A.R Community Shop, a pop-up café and bazaar featuring F&B and retail based social enterprises from November 1st to November 30th 2018, at DC Mall, in the heart of Damansara, Kuala Lumpur.

 Organised by Hong Leong Foundation (‘the ‘Foundation’) and supported by Hong Leong Bank, Guocoland, Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara and DC Mall, the pop-up café and shop gives an opportunity to know more about social enterprises and their role in championing social causes supported by their own entrepreneurship efforts while enjoying delicious coffee and meals and shopping in support of various good causes and marginalised communities. To this end, the Foundation has invited four F&B social enterprises and two social enterprise networking organisers to participate in this meaningful project.

The four F&B social enterprises that will be operating the R.O.A.R Community Café are Coffee For Good, which provides coffee education and barista skills training for underprivileged youth, The Silent Teddies Bakery which provides opportunities for the deaf community, Deliccia which empowers Malaysian women to earn a living through catering, and The Picha Project which provides marginalised communities in Malaysia, such as refugees, the chance to contribute meaningfully through food delivery and catering businesses.

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Meanwhile, the R.O.A.R Community Shop will be organised by Women’s Innovative Empowerment Network (WiEN) which is a grass root platform designed primarily for women, to encourage innovation, entrepreneurship and ultimately empowerment in all endeavours and The Good Shop which is a platform to centralise  pop-ups, events, and  education program activities to supports all socio-economy causes.

“We are delighted to support these social enterprises as part of our CSR programme to help them reach a wider audience and create awareness on the impact these social enterprises are making on the community as we move towards making more conscious purchases. It is important that businesses embrace and move towards a blend of profit with a purpose so that more underserved segments of society will receive the support that can empower them to earn a living and make a mark in the community,” said Quek Sue Yian, Executive Director of the Foundation.

R.O.A.R Community Café will operate daily from November 1st to November 30th from 10am to 8pm:

The Good Coffee: Operational Daily
The Silent Teddies: November 1 -10
Deliccia: November 11 – 20
The Picha Project: November 21-30

Meanwhile the R.O.A.R Community Shop, is open on every Thursday and Friday in November from 10am to 8pm.

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