Just recently, and for the second year in a row, Raw Energy participated in Grill’d Marion’s Local Matters crowdfunding initiative. Local Matters is a community donation program run by Grill’d and every month, each of their Grill’d restaurants donates $500 back into their local community. Effectively, each customer receives a token with their food purchase and decides which cause they want to support by placing their token into a labelled jar. The winner (the community group with the most tokens in their jar) receives $300, while the other two groups each receive $100.
To celebrate the transition of some of our young carers from Raw Energy into the Young Adult Carer (YAC) program, a YAC transition dinner was held at Grill’d Marion on January 30, 2018. It also took place just two days before the January winner of Local Matters was to be announced.
During the course of the dinner, the new YACs and Raw Energy staff noticed that our jar was only half full of tokens and although they were happy to see other organisations receiving community support, they admitted to some disappointment at coming in second! This was until Nadia (Senior Young Carer Coordinator) started talking to one of the Grill’d staff members about our “net position”, who revealed that we were actually coming first and that our jar had, in fact, been emptied two times already!
Suffice to say, both Raw Energy staff and the YACs were over the moon as this meant that we were actually in first place and it was unlikely that anyone else could catch up to us with only one day to go.
Now that we’re partway into February, the result is official – Raw Energy was voted #1 in Grill’d Marion’s Local Matters for January 2018! This recognition from the wider community is both gratifying and humbling, and we’re extremely appreciative that the local community sees the value in supporting Raw Energy and, most of all, young carers.
It was also pleasing to hear from Grill’d staff that we were the first Local Matters participants to come in to the restaurant as a group and it was rewarding for them to see their initiative come to life. The Grill’d staff were so excited to meet our group that they provided complimentary burger vouchers and free chip platters!
From everyone at Raw Energy and Carer Support, we’d like to say a big, heartfelt thank you to the team at Grill’d Marion for their support of our program for young carers!