I'm down in Sydney again on one of my regular work trips. When I'm here, I stay in Rozelle (across the road from the Sackville, on Darling St). Thursday morning 4am, we were woken by a massive blast that destroyed a convenience store and killed three - less than 100 metres from where I stay with my friends.
Darling St Rozelle is an amazing community, it's one of my favourite places in the world and has a vibrant and caring community - one that's been utterly gutted by the events of the week. All the businesses along Darling St in the area are shuttered and anyone who had perishable stock has lost it. People have lost homes and livelihoods.
A close friend owns Penny Lane, a cafe and wine bar just two doors down from the explosion. Like everyone else, they haven't been let back into the area since the explosion and it's unlikely that anything will re-open in the next 5 - 7 days.
My friends are trying to organise some community action - a street fair, fete, anything to help the local community recover.
What I'm looking for is to see if anyone has a commercial grade coffee machine and grinder that my friends could borrow to run an ad-hoc cafe for a few days? Preferably a gas-fired machine (they might have to operate on the street), but really anything that could work for that sort of application would be great.
Please get in touch if there's anything you can do to help out with any short term equipment loans. They may need beans, but their supplier will probably sort them out.