WELCOME CUPPA: World Vision chief executive officer Reverend Tim Costello will plead with Australian businesses this morning to help charities.
WELCOME CUPPA: World Vision chief executive officer Reverend Tim Costello will plead with Australian businesses this morning to help charities.

Big business to chip in their share

BREAKFAST will be much more than Coco Pops and Cornflakes this morning for around 80 business and community representatives from the Northern Rivers area who will share their first meal of the day with World Vision's chief executive officer, the Reverend Tim Costello.

As part of his visit to the region, Rev Costello visited schools in the Byron Bay area yesterday. Afterwards he told The Northern Star he was constantly impressed with the attitude of young people in regards to the need for social responsibility and giving to the community.

“Young people have worked out that we need a global ethic now that we are living in a global village,” he said. “They know that if we press down in one area, it comes up in another.

“Young people are working out how to deal with climate change and how to stop poverty.”

Rev Costello will speak on business philanthropy and the increased need for it in Australia, and will join with The Northern Star to help raise funds for the Lismore Soup Kitchen via the early morning event at Miss Lizzy's.

“While businesses are inherently philanthropic through providing jobs for people and investing in a community, intentional giving by Australian businesses needs to improve,” he said.

Therefore as patron of the Lismore Soup Kitchen, Rev Costello is keen for local businesses to get behind the venture in buying the Winsome Hotel in North Lismore.

The Northern Star's editor-in-chief, Sue Short has been encouraged by the response of the community in buying tickets to the fundraising breakfast.

“The event had been sold out for days,” she said “We're sorry to those who missed out, next time we will organise a bigger venue.”

With the auction of three paintings by local artist Gary Holmes, one of which is a painting of the Winsome Hotel, Ms Short is hopeful the breakfast will raise around $3000 for the soup kitchen.



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