The website SOS Cafe provides an online voucher system to help businesses through the COVID-19 crisis.
“Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, and a key part of what makes our West Coast towns so vibrant and great to live in,” says DWC chief executive Heath Milne.
“Many are enduring a rough ride of uncertainty at the moment, particularly those who have had to close their doors during the lockdown.”
SOS Cafe offers an avenue to help such businesses through this uncertainty. It provides a portal for regular customers and supporters to buy vouchers, for a later visit, from their favourite local businesses who are unable to earn an income during the lockdown.
The website has already raised over $500,000 for small businesses in New Zealand through vouchers to be redeemed later.
Alisha McIntosh from GATHERER Wholefoods & Bar in Hokitika is one of the West Coast businesses already listed on the website.
“I am so grateful for David Downs and his team of generous volunteers for this online platform to help small business get through these unprecedented times,” Alisha says.
“We have already seen support from some beautifully generous regulars, locals, and even people on the other side of the world - wanting to help us remain open for their family who live in Hokitika.
“Any small business can register to be a part of this fantastic initiative; you don’t have to be a café. By doing so friends, you are wisely giving your business a greater chance of being there on the other side.”
View West Coast businesses which you can support: https://soscafe.nz/collections/west-coast
Or suggest a local business to join SOS Cafe: https://bit.ly/2yoKaK9