Stuff Needed

There’s always a huge list of things needed here at Cup From Above.  Some things are needed internally at the charity and other things are needed for individuals and families we are supporting.  Here’s the list…

Financial Support.  Our greatest need right now is financial support.  We need individuals, organisations, churches and/or businesses to partner with to continue and expand the vital work we are doing in the community.  All the work we currently do is funded by a very small number of people and organisations who give a large amount.  Our current donations towards our operating costs are approximately $22,000 p.a.  However our operating costs, to properly sustain the current level of work, is about $100,000 p.a.  We need pillars in our community to step up and take financial responsibility for the social initiatives and transformation we are performing.  This would look like a monthly or annual donation.

Cafe Sidewalk Barriers

We need to set up sidewalk seating at the Valley Cafe.  We can significantly increase our revenue from having more seats and the advertising it also provides.  Council require “Sidewalk Barriers” for us to put seating there.

We need a

1 x 2m barrier

2 x 1m barrier

Weights to secure them down x2

The 2m barrier is $312.84, the 1m barrier is $286 and the weights are $48.40.  All up the cost as quoted by is $981.64.

If you would like to donate this for us it would be hugely appreciated!

Liberty Garden Care Equipment

Our social enterprise lawn mowing program needs some more equipment to be more efficient.

1 x Petrol Line Trimmer

A 4 Stroke petrol powered line trimmer like this one from Bunnings.  This one is a Makita and would handle most of the jobs we would be tackling.  It is $299.  Here’s the link for more info.

2 x New Lawn Mowers

The boys have been using hand-me-down lawnmowers which has been great to start off with but to do the job well they need great equipment.

These lawnmowers from the could handle the intense daily use that is necessary.  They are available for $999 each.

1 x Hedge Trimmer

To add to the suite of services available to customers we need an industrial grade Hedge Trimmer.  The Mower Supastore has a STIHL HS 82 T Hedge Trimmer for $999 which is ideal and could handle the da

ily grind.  Link here

If you would like to purchase any of these items or contribute in part towards them we would greatly appreciate it.



We need a new iPad for our register in the cafe.  The old one has been dropped by volunteers so many times it’s not working properly anymore!  It’s several years old so it’s had it seems it’s had it’s day.

It needs to reliably upload register data to the cloud.  We have wifi available in the cafe so it doesn’t need a data plan.

It seems ridiculous asking for this when we support people with no food or a roof to sleep under.  But the organisation simply needs it to run properly.

A second hand one in good condition would do fine or a base level new iPad would also be great.

This one from JB Hifi for $449 would be ideal.


Entry Level Commercial Coffee Machine for our new Training Centre

(*UPDATE:  QUT Have donated $2000 towards this.  Only need another $3000.)

We are developing our hospitality training program into a certified course.  We have teamed up with an RTO and several other NGO’s to work with the most disadvantaged members of the community, to empower them with skills and now, with the certificates, to open new doors to employment and ending the cycle of poverty.

We are currently using the cafe after hours but we are outgrowing this very quickly.  To effectively run this program we need more equipment.  The main item we need is a low level espresso machine.  We’ve got an amazing machine in the cafe which is effective in teaching the higher end of the coffee industry but we’ve found that teaching exclusively on this machine can actually diminish the opportunity for employment where the bulk of the jobs are actually available for the guys we train.

We think a 2 group Wega would perfectly satisfy the needs for this program.  We found a refurbished one for $5000 online today.  Anything around this level would suit.

Having this machine would enable us to teach more students and place them in more jobs ending the cycle of poverty for more individuals with significant barriers.


Cup From Above Van

Every week we help out several people in crisis by dropping off necessary items like beds, washing machines, food hampers and other daily essentials.

However the van would allow us to setup a mobile espresso rig which means we could give away free coffee at our homeless program and even better we could then take the van to markets and other events and launch Cup From Above as a mobile venture.  This would potentially create another job or two.  We would also ask our graffiti artists to spray paint the van with the cup from above logo and an art theme to express our story so that everywhere the van goes it’s spreading the community gospel of Cup From Above.

Just looking on Car Sales website we’re looking at about $22,000 for a 3 year old van (still low kilometres but a lot cheaper than buying new).  We could potentially get a loan if someone was to donate say $10k we could get a loan for $12k.  Setting up the ‘mobile cafe’ idea inside the van would cost up to another $20k depending on how thorough we make it.  (Do we wire in customised commercial refrigeration or just throw some milk in an esky… one costs $50 the other $5000).

In any case we can get the van first, which will achieve most of our goals, and then proceed with acquiring the funds to customise it to achieve more complex goals.

If you would like to contact us about supplying any of these items please email me at  Thank you so much!