By Jo Rittey


Successful building developers PACE Development Group have started 2017 off on the right foot by giving something back. PACE of Collingwood have collaborated charity group Co-Ground to come up with something rather special for the remainder of the summer. It all started when the architects of the apartment complex display suite alerted developers to some unused space out the back.


Immediately seeing an opportunity to create a bustling area for passersby to enjoy, PACE put their feelers out to see if they could find a business to inhabit the space. They knew there was a possibility for this to be a hugely beneficial project for a small hospitality business because of the prime location and fantastic visibility from the street – and with rent, electricity, water, building costs all taken care of, it was simply a matter of finding the right fit.


What PACE found though, was much more than a corporate partnership with a local business. Upon meeting with the Co-Ground team, the project evolved into, no longer simply a vehicle to support a local Collingwood business, but now a much wider opportunity to help fund charitable projects around the world.


“We are absolutely thrilled to be working with Co-Ground. Not only because they make spectacular coffee – although that’s obviously a bonus – but also because of the important work they do with communities to improve education in developing nations. We believe being socially responsible is just as important as being fiscally profitable and corporate responsibility is a key component to being in business in the modern age,” says Andrew Crichton, marketing manager at PACE.


It was with this culture of corporate responsibility in mind that PACE jumped at the opportunity to supply Co-Ground with key components necessary to set up and run a pop up café that would keep costs down and maximize profits for Co-Ground’s cause. Co-Ground’s sole purpose is to support community driven projects throughout South East Asia and, as with all of Co-Ground’s projects, 100% of the profits will go to their current project in Vanuatu’s Epi Island where the community has identified the need for a safe place to teach, and a library to tackle illiteracy. Co-Ground’s Andrew Mellody is the 2015 individual recipient of the Anti Poverty Awards for his tireless work with Co-Ground, helping rebuild and offering support to Sara Primary School after cyclone Pam hit in March 2015 on the remote Epi Island in Vanuatu.


The Co-Ground pop up café opens on Saturday 4th February at the corner of Langridge and Wellington Streets and will remain open over the Summer Season.



Jo is a French teacher, a freelance writer and needs good coffee to start her day. Armed with an exotic New Zealand accent and a winning (hopefully) smile, she likes nothing better than roaming the streets of the northside in search of new and old food-related wonders.



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